What Is a Contemporary House Design? The Go-To Guide

While modern homes have become increasingly popular across the country, many people are still asking themselves… what is a contemporary house design? Is it a cutting-edge, unique facade full of striking elements? Is it a sleek roofline with tons of natural light inside? Or is it simply a plan that is on the forefront of residential design trends?

The answer to all of those questions is a resounding “Yes!” Contemporary homes are some of the most stunning yet flexible plans that you see. You’ll find tons of options that you probably didn’t even know existed! From sleek modern farmhouses to unique, museum-worthy interpretations, explore all that a contemporary house design has to offer.

3-Story Modern Home
House Plan 7885
3,986 Square Foot, 4 Bed, 3.1 Bath Drive-Under Contemporary Plan

With so many different features and styles to choose from, this go-to guide for contemporary house design can help make your search a little easier.

The Basics of Contemporary House Design

One of the first things that people think about when they hear “modern” describe a house plan is simplicity. The truth is, combining simple design elements together makes for an elegant work of art, and that’s exactly what each of our contemporary house plans does.

You’ll notice that many modern homes only feature a handful of various elements, but they combine them in breathtaking fashion. Many of these plans showcase sleek metal or exposed wood details, contrasted with stone or brick nearby. You (and your neighbors!) won’t be able to take your eyes off of such a balanced design!

Terra Modern House Plan
House Plan 7766
2,595 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.1 Bath Prairie-Style Plan

THD-7766 is a great example of a modern plan both inside and out. Take note of the defined lines and sharp corners that capture your eye and draw you towards the front door. Many contemporary house designs such as this also feature oversized windows to flood the interior with natural light. That makes them great for view lots, too!

Common Features to Look For

  • Large/oversized windows… for tons of natural light throughout!
  • Sharp lines… to lead the eye to the focal point of your home!
  • Contrasting design features… to create unforgettable curb appeal!
  • One-of-a-kind shapes… from towering entryways to open-air porches!

A Plan for Any Lot

Not only are contemporary house designs some of the most unique options available, but they’re also extremely flexible! Sloped, narrow, and even oddly-shaped lots become a worry of the past with many of these plans.

While we have plans of all styles that can address your lot’s specific challenges, modern homes are some of the best. Use our database to filter your search exactly to your needs and what fits on your land. See just how many diverse and unique contemporary plans we have to offer.

Whether you need a narrow plan for your urban build, or a modern masterpiece with extra parking in the form of a drive-under garage, we have them all!

Some of Our Favorite Contemporary Plans for Unique Lots

Tons of Designs to Explore

Did you know that elements of contemporary home design can be found within other home styles? That’s right, it could be a modern farmhouse or even a brilliant blend of Craftsman and contemporary stylings — chances are we have it!

While most people think of striking modern lines when they think of contemporary homes, there’s actually so much more out there! Our unique homes can fit any lifestyle and preference. Don’t let your preconceived notions about what is and isn’t a contemporary plan dissuade you from checking out all the amazing designs that we have to offer.

Modern Farmhouses

Walden Contemporary Farmhouse
House Plan 8516
2,188 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.1 Bath Open-Concept Plan

One of our favorite farmhouse plans, THD-8516 is a neat 3 bed, 2.1 bath home that joins the welcoming comfort of a traditional farmhouse with the sleek appeal of a modern design. Just imagine relaxing on that big front porch, or soaking away the stress in the master spa bath!

If you need a little more space, consider the sister plan of THD-8516, the design shown below, THD-8517. This home is very similar when you look at the floor plan, but it adds an additional 84 square feet of living space and a different facade. Both homes are great examples of family-centered farmhouse plans with a touch of modern design!

Blue Springs Farmhouse
House Plan 8517
2,272 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 2.1 Bath Farmhouse Plan

If you like all that this plan features, take a look through some more of our best-selling contemporary farmhouses! We also just made a customer documentary with one of our most popular homes within this category — be sure to check it out and see how happy the owners are with it!


Edgy Craftsman Designs

Many homeowners love the characteristic worn-in look and feel of a Craftsman home. But what if you could combine that charm with in-demand and unforgettable modern elements?

Litchfield Contemporary Craftsman
House Plan 9720
2,177 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 3.0 Bath Cottage Plan

Well, THD-9720 does exactly that! You’ll love every inch of this 3 bed, 3.0 bath home. Pay special attention to the large windows, great room, and contrasting lines, hallmarks of a contemporary house design. Also notice how those features join perfectly with the cozy open floor plan and amazing Craftsman elements.

While normally thought of as opposites, check out for yourself just how many modern Craftsman plans are available. You may be surprised!

Fan-Favorite Tiny Homes

Increasingly popular, tiny homes have gained recognition for their affordability and comfort. As you’ll notice, many of our tiny homes feature contemporary elements. This means that you’ll be on the forefront of fashionable home design, at a price that doesn’t break the bank!

Check out all of our tiny homes to see what suits your tastes!

Bonzai Modern Tiny Home
House Plan 4709
686 Square Foot, 2 Bed, 1.0 Bath Rectangular House Plan

Takeaways on Modern Homes

So, what should you take away from this go-to guide on contemporary home design? The simple fact that these plans encompass so much more than you probably think. And while there are a few commonalities that you should look for, these plans are super diverse! The more you look, the more you’ll discover that there is a contemporary design for just about everyone.

As you search for the perfect home design, know that we are always happy to help answer any questions or point you in the right direction. Our experienced team of designers and advisors can even customize your plan specifically for you!

We can’t wait to see what design will be made into your dream home!

Christine Cooney
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Christine has over a decade of experience as a house plan and floor plan expert. Outside of providing her expertise to customers to help them find and build their dream homes, her passion and knowledge of the home building industry allows Christine to guide families and builders through all of the important steps from finding plans to building custom homes that meet the expectations of today’s new home owner. Christine’s years of knowledge of the diverse trends and needs of the modern homeowner has made her into an authoritative and trusted voice in the online house plan community.

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