In 2021, modern-style homes can mean many things. There are many trending styles right now in home architecture, and I want to share some of my favorites of the last year.
Modern home design does not just mean sharp-edged, open floor-plan, minimalistic, all-white interior homes. As an example, check out our plans for remodeling this home’s modern interior. The modern design falls into many categories, and in the midwest, some are more prominent than other states. Beautiful modern homes commonly seen in Minnesota are farmhouse, craftsman, ranch, log home or lodge, cottage, contemporary, and the ever-growing, mid-century modern.
One of our favorites is this modern lodge in Shakopee, MN, by luxury modern home builders, Sustainable Nine. Chances are, if you don’t own one yourself, you at least know someone who has a cabin in Minnesota. A-frame lodges are commonly seen, but this modern lodge on Lake O’Dowd blows those out of the water (pun intended).
It has incredible architectural lines and dynamics but still holds that cabin aesthetic with the wood, stones, and all the windows to feel like you are IN the woods. What a great example of the beautiful modern homes in Minnesota.
This modern take on the traditional farmhouse has us swooning! I can picture myself right now sipping my fresh brewed coffee on that porch. This home by M House Development hasn’t missed a single farmhouse detail. Still, it has elevated the modern vibe with a black and white mixed exterior and mixed patterns such as the board and batten on the garage door and the brick throughout the exterior. What a beautiful example of a modern farmhouse!
The craftsman-style home has become more prominent over the last year or so. Architects and home builders have begun redesigning the craftsman and adding texture and different colors to the home’s exterior. The basic design of a craftsman-style home is a front porch, columns supporting the roof, and a sturdy bottom getting smaller on top. This look is undeniable, and you can drive through any town, and you’re probably going to find one!
This modern craftsman home combines the best features of a classic craftsman home, with a new and improved look, while still keeping that rustic element you see in classic craftsman homes. The modern great room alone is enough for you to want to pack up your belongings and move on in. It is a beautiful aesthetic for a small family, with an open concept main living area complete with a kitchen, dining, and living all in the same space. I couldn’t love it more!
Cottage homes date back to the middle ages when it was primarily a dwelling of farmers, laborers, or cottars, which is where we get the name cottage. The more you know, right? The basic elements of a cottage include ground floor living space and sleeping spaces on the upper level, nestled within the roof’s frame. They are usually a bit smaller in size and located in more rural areas, surrounded by trees and nature. Cozy!
Built by Heydt Designs, this is a modern version of a classic cottage. It has the trees, the upstairs bedrooms, and the general aesthetic of a cottage but with so much more. The bedroom balconies on the upper floor, with the port-hole windows, give it a very European feel, which is where this architecture originated. It gives the cottage a TON of natural light, even with shade from the surrounding trees.
The wood floors throughout and bright natural color scheme give it that clean, modern look but keeping with the simple cottage aesthetic, making it one of the more understated and beautiful modern homes.
The rustic-but-contemporary homes in the Colorado Rockies inspired this modern contemporary home. I think they nailed it! Contemporary is a fairly recent design and refers to the here and now rather than past eras, which modern suggests when referencing the design style. Contemporary homes contain more color, clean lines, smooth finishes, and lighter woods.
Right out the gate, this home is showcasing a beautiful black siding exterior that contrasts incredibly well with the stone and cedar accents. Adding splashes of color on accent walls or exterior paint is a big part of contemporary design. This house has a jade green closet that is the epitome of luxury and stands out from the rest. This home has added texture everywhere – from cloth wallpaper to wooden ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. Check it out for yourself.
This modern ranch in Southern California contains all the crucial elements that define it as a ranch-style home. It has one level, has a low-pitch roof, a unique layout, and all the windows you could want to let in the perfect amount of natural light throughout.
The one thing that makes this ranch home a bit more modern is removing walls that would separate the rooms. Instead, they’ve got a great room configuration that centers around a beautiful modern hearth fireplace, making it an open concept house. The vaulted ceilings make this home nice and open, and the exterior of that great room, with the cedar siding, gives a modern asymmetrical design that you are not going to find on a classic ranch home.
The list truly goes on and on when it comes to beautiful modern homes. These are just a few of our favorites within some of the most popular types of modern homes in the midwest. For even more inspiration and awe, check out local modern home builders Sustainable Nine and their past, recent, and future projects.