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Victorian architecture emerged between 1830 and 1910 under the reign of Queen Victoria and include sub-styles such as Gothic revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, stick style, Romanesque style and shingle style.
Constructed more for beauty than functionality, Victorian homes tend to be more complex in design with ornate trim, bright colors, large porches, asymmetrical shape and multi-faceted rooflines.
Log homes originated as small cabins in the 1600s. Originally, they were built as one room using no nails, but now many log homes function as large luxurious getaways. Log homes can now be built in any location, but are most often found in a rural setting.
However, the climate of the surrounding area dictates the type of wood that should be used to build the home.
First built in the 1930s, ranch homes were originally modeled after rural Western ranches. Ranch architecture bears a slight resemblance to the modern style with open floor plans and easy connections to the outdoors.
Focused mainly on practicality, most ranch homes also feature an attached garage. Exterior details may vary, which allows for personalization. Single-floor and split-level floor plans live under the ranch style.
Art deco comes from a variety of influences: Ancient Egypt, 1930s Hollywood and the tropical pastels of Miami Beach. Typical art deco structures have flat roofs, smooth stucco walls with rounded corners and bold exterior decorations.
The style is used more often for office buildings than private homes.
The SU house is modern villa designed by Alexander Brenner architects, situated at the edge of a forest in the south of Stuttgart, Germany. Read more about this modern villa here.
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Chilean firm Sun Arquitectos has embedded half of a coastal residence into a hillside, and topped the other half with an expansive wooden roof to form an open-air living room. More
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A gabled wooden volume sits atop a brick garage at the front of this bayside home on New York’s Long Beach Island, by Brooklyn studio Bernheimer Architecture. More
Netted balustrades, a tiled studio-cum-playroom and roof lights all feature in this renovated and extended Brooklyn home, designed by VonDalwig Architecture. More
A staircase featuring a mirrored balustrade now leads up through this home in Montreal, renovated by local architect Jean-Maxime Labrecque. More
Though the style has undergone some Westernization, oriental design is rooted in Chinese architecture. Other Asian countries adapted certain design features from the Chinese culture and created various oriental styles.
Most of these styles are characterized by a curved roof that expands far beyond the exterior walls and are often framed with beautiful landscaping.
The Federal Colonial style, also know the Adam style, is modeled after Roman classicism . Similar to the Georgian Colonial style, Federal Colonial style differs with the addition of wings off to each side of the original box shape and tends to have more decorative embellishments than other Colonial styles.
Federal style homes are most often made of brick. The front facade screams wealth with its ornamentation, tall columns and grand curved steps that lead up to the entrance. An elliptical or fan-shaped window usually tops the door, with long rectangular windows placed symmetrically on both sides of the doorway.
Alright, now let’s hear what you think about those homes. Do you find them impressive as much as I do? Do you think architects deserved some kind of award? Which one of all 50 designs would you pick as the winner? Please, let me know in the comment section below, after which I recommend you to check out 20 small bedroom ideas, even more amazing than this list. 🙂
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Inspired by estates of the French countryside, the provincial style came to America after World War I, bringing with it decorative appeal and romantic touches. Today’s newer suburban housing developments are incorporating the French provincial style with symmetrical proportions and steep roofs.
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Bungalow and Craftsman style homes were born out of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The emphasis is on natural materials — wood, stone and brick. Wide front porches and low-pitched roofs are typical. The interior’s open floor plan features built-in furniture, big fireplaces and exposed beams.
Next, size of the house. Common opinion among people is that house has to be huge or expensive to be beautiful or amazing. This is really, really far from being true. You will notice I picked some pretty small houses (in comparison to others) for this list. For example, this minimalist house and this creative home. Good architects and their clients who have taste and style will together create gorgeous modern house designs, no matter how big the house is at the end.
The first Cape Cod homes were built in the 1600s. They were inspired by Britain’s thatched cottages, but built with steeper roofs and larger chimneys to withstand cold Northeastern winters. Windows flanking the front door, dormer windows up top and cedar shingles are also typical of the style.
Most of today’s Cape Cods were built after World War II; they were the first style used in modestly priced housing developments.
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Back in the 1600s when Colonial architecture originated, there were many variations of the style due to the diversity of early American settlers. Known for its symmetry, Colonial architecture is most often characterized by evenly spaced shuttered windows.
Dormers, columns and chimneys are also evenly proportioned to complement the formal style.
A century-old house in north London has been overhauled by Richard Parr and Associates, to create a home for the founder of cycling brand Rapha and his family. More
Residents of this getaway in Mexico, designed by architects Pérez Palacios and Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, can spend weekends lazing in a hammock suspended above a secluded swimming pool. More
With formal proportions and classic beauty, the Neoclassical style reflects architecture of Greece and Rome. In the early 20th century, government buildings and universities used the Neoclassical concept in their design.
Homes built in this style clearly exude wealth. Symmetry, tall columns, elaborate doorways and evenly spaced windows are all key elements of the style. The most famous example is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia.
Architect Delfino Lozano has modernised a house in the Mexican city of Guadalajara by rearranging the living spaces so they look onto a pair of brick-paved courtyards. More
Yup, this is the photo-list of top 50 modern house designs ever built. Some of those homes are seriously popular on the internet which is just another proof of how incredible they are and another reason for you to check them out. Take a look!
Of course, all of those modern house designs are chosen according to my personal taste, so you don’t have to agree about being the best part, because, as everybody else of course, you have your own taste in modern houses. But after you see those photos below, I expect you to at least admit that those homes are truly incredible pieces of modern architecture. 😉 Btw. you might want to take a look at the 30 modern entrances later as well.
Inspired by Greek architecture and democracy, the Greek revival style flourished in America in the 1830s and 1940s. Tall columns and pediments, painted plaster exterior, horizontal transoms, symmetrical shape, bold moldings and embellishments are all key to the style.
Large and imposing, this home style is commonly found on large estates and historic plantations.
American studio MW Works has designed a compact cabin in a Washington forest with exterior walls clad in weathered cedar and blackened cement. More
American firm Butler Armsden has designed this residence in northern California as a series of cedar-clad volumes, which are each accessed from a large outdoor area at the centre. More
Another great idea how to make your home modern is to simply add modern extension to the existing home. Take a look how Chen + Suchart Studio renovated an existing tudor house and turned it into beautiful modern home.
Developed in the Midwest by architectural trailblazer Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie style was built based on the idea that a home should serve all practical needs without being overly embellished or showy.
It was influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and features many of the same concepts such as built-in furniture, simple materials and open floor plans. But prairie-style homes also feature long flat roofs, rows of windows, horizontal lines and organic patterns.
New York design firm MKCA has refreshed the interiors of a seven-storey residence in the city with two stairwells, and new glazing to draw light down from a rooftop patio. More
Influenced by the area from which it’s named, this style became extremely popular in the U.S. from 1918 to 1940. The homes were modeled after the hacienda style, with red tile roofs, arches and plaster surfaces.
This style is very popular again and features a lot of the original design elements, including porticos, balconies and ornamental details such as heavy wooden doors and multicolored tiles.
The most common type of Colonial style is Georgian Colonial. Preceeding the Federal Colonial style, Georgian Colonial is much simpler in architecture. Like all Colonial styles, Georgian focuses on strict symmetry.
It is typically a box shape and is adorned with windows, which are typically five across and shutters. The style also features a paneled front door below a decorative crown, which is usually framed by simple, sometimes flattened, columns.
American firm Bates Masi Architects took cues from vernacular architecture for this Hamptons home, which consists of sharply gabled forms wrapped in oversized shingles. More
Bamboo slats are laid diagonally between the dark vertical ribs of this residence in Brazil, by architecture firm Vilela Florez. More
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The term “farmhouse” doesn’t refer to style, but rather to location and function. They were originally built on rural land with an emphasis on an agrarian lifestyle. Many farmhouses were modeled after popular architectural styles at the time they were built, such as Victorian and Colonial.
However, farmhouses were built for need rather than design, often featuring functional porches as a transitional space creating a much more informal and inviting exterior.
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Some folks consider contemporary and modern architecture to be essentially the same. However, contemporary refers to today’s building styles, which can vary in design and appearance. Both styles are similar in that they look to connect indoors and outdoors, but contemporary homes tend to emphasize energy efficiency, sustainable materials, lots of natural light and the use of recycled non-toxic materials.
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US design studio Workstead has reimagined “heritage elements as modern luxury” during the renovation of this home in Charleston, South Carolina, which was used as a store for selling blockaded goods during the Civil War. More
Built more out of a desire for ornamentation than functionality, the Italianate style is loosely modeled after the villas of Italy. Most of the homes were built between the mid-to-late 1800s. Decorative corbels, window cornices, doorways and porches can easily identify an Italianate home, as can the rounded windows, columned entryways and rectangular windows.
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Settlers from the Mediterranean fused design from Europe and Native America with their own to create a variety of home styles. Mission revival is one of the most popular, inspired by the Spanish churches built by the missionaries in the early 20th century.
They typically have clay roof tiles, arcaded porches, arched corridors, square pillars and bell towers, as well as quatrefoil windows that resemble flowers.
American designer Geoffrey von Oeyen has created a home office in southern California that features wooden exterior walls and a highly abstracted sawtooth roof. More
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Cottages originate from the word “cotters.” Cotters were European peasant farmers in the Middle Ages who lived in this style of home. A cottage-style house typically refers to a small home made of stone or wood siding.
It features a curved entryway, gravel or brick front walkway and brighter exterior colors. Today, flowers typically adorn the entryway creating beautiful curb appeal.
This 1960s home has been renovated by Birmingham-based architecture firm Design Initiative, which sought to return the building’s original charm, while modernising its interiors and improving circulation. More
Miami-based Touzet Studio has used touches of blue throughout this house on a tiny Cat Cays island in the Bahamas to match the hues of the ocean that it overlooks. More
Extremely popular in the Southwest, Pueblo Revival homes date back to the early 20th century. The style was influenced by the ancient Pueblo Indians’ simple multifamily homes. Earthy materials such as adobe, concrete, stucco or mortar, and large wood beams are used; enclosed courtyards and flat or sloping roofs are also typical.
Rounded exteriors with square windows also reflect the appearance of original pueblos.
Modern and contemporary styles tend to get confused. Modern architecture refers to design inspired by the historical art movement of modernism. Most classic examples of modern architecture are more than 50 years old, which makes it a little easier to tell a modern-style home from a contemporary-style home.
Open living spaces, clean, geometric lines and function-over-form are key elements of the style.
Originating in England, the Tudor style is one of the most recognizable home styles. Best known for steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs and decorative half-timber framing, Tudors were mostly built in established neighborhoods during the first half of the 20th century.
The steep-pitched roofs are perfect for rainy and snowy climates, which is why many of these homes can be found in the Midwest and along the East Coast.
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When we take all criteria described above, we get one and only, “the wow factor”. When you see modern home and its design, you’re either impressed, or not impressed. This can be described as “the wow factor”, and, at the end, this is the main reason why those homes are on this list. All of them attracted my attention, got me all interested and left me impressed, which made me put together this list of top 50 modern house designs at the end.
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Canadian studio Falken Reynolds has chosen stark white surfaces and contemporary finishes to enhance the original features of a historic Vancouver residence. More
Cedar-clad volumes connected by a breezeway form this residence in Maine by American studio Matthew Baird Architects, which was designed to respect its forested surroundings. More
THAT house is beautiful contemporary home built around the concept of open house design. It is designed by Austin Maynard architects and located in Australia. Read more about the open house design and this modern home here.
Speaking of style, this brings us to the next criteria. Style in architecture. This is another thing strongly related to someone’s personality, but you have to admit, when someone has style, this is obvious to everyone. I think architects and owners of those homes have amazing style in architecture and this is one of the reasons why I put those homes on the list.
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Mostly found in urban areas, the row house, more commonly known as the townhouse, became popular in the early 19th century thanks to limited space and the financial benefits for the architect/builder. Homes built in this manner could go up fast and in a smaller area of land.
Practicality dictates row-house design; they are typically two stories or more with a traditional layout, side hallways and minimal lawn space.
What makes these modern house designs so special and different from others? Well, one of the criteria was location of the house, which often plays important role in the way house is designed. For example, houses designed by SAOTA, are almost always built somewhere on a cliff, high above the ocean, or down on a rocky beach, giving its residents an opportunity to enjoy in breathtaking views or relaxing sounds that ocean waves make while crashing into the rocks below the house. Nature will always have huge impact on the house design.
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Originating in the early 1600s, this Dutch Colonial style of house began as one room for early American settlers. Easily recognized by the broad gambrel roof, the style typically features dormers, flared eaves extending over the porch and a decorative hood over the front entryway.
It may also have a centered Dutch double doorway, which was originally used to keep animals from entering the home, while still allowing fresh air to flow theough the home. In fact, this house style is also known as a “barn house,” because of its striking resemblance to a typical barn.
American firm Kieran Timberlake has used prefabricated components to create a mountaintop retreat, composed of a main dwelling wrapped in weathering steel and glass, and two micro cabins for guests. More
Constructed out of new ideas, mindsets and a forward-thinking style, mid-century modern architecture flourished from 1945 to the 1980s. Characterized by flat planes, large glass windows and open space, the style focused on simplistic design and seamless integration of nature.
World War II brought new materials, such as steel and plywood, to the forefront of architecture and design, and helped to enlighten new ways of thinking about residential living.
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