Since I started the company seven years ago, we have always had a passion for modern homes. But as a new business, we felt compelled to take on any project that presented itself, from traditional to modern to Craftsman. Amazingly, in the last year or so, we’ve seen an explosion of clientele banging down our door for modern plans, and we’ve been able to pursue our deepest passion. Now 75 percent of our work is modern or contemporary.
Homeowners today love clean lines, uninterrupted layouts, and simplicity—and we’re here to make it happen for them. We’ve partnered with Home Improvement Leads to discuss reasons to go modern with your 2017 renovations and a few ideas to get the wheels turning.
Open Concept Kitchen
The barriers in our modern lives are blurred: the barrier between work and personal life, the barrier between family mealtime and engaging in pop culture and social media. Our homes need to reflect these changes and allow us to communicate with the people around us as easily as possible. An open-concept kitchen allows you to participate in multiple activities at once, like cooking and keeping an eye on the kids. It makes your main living space look bigger and allows more natural light to travel through different areas.
A modern kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a white, black, or gray palette and sleek cabinets with simple hardware.
Peaceful Office Retreat
Those blurred lines can make life a little chaotic sometimes, too. Consider converting wasted space into an office, or building an addition to add square footage. A private retreat for the busy mind can come in handy, especially if it makes use of clean lines and minimalism.
If you think you might sell your home in the near future, remember that both kitchens and bathrooms make a big impression on buyers. These are important rooms that get more use than others. They need to be functional and beautiful. Modern bathrooms with clean lines and plenty of natural light will not be going out of style anytime soon. Consider a freestanding tub, an undermount, open shelving, and a skylight if the room feels closed off.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve mentioned natural light a few times. Sparse windows, low ceilings, and dark colours can make a house feel closed-off and small. Installing new windows can give the illusion of created space (and even help naturally warm your home in the winter). Modern design features work well with expansive windows. Be sure to look for quality energy efficient windows that will help reinforce your home’s energy envelope.
Apply Colour Where it Counts
The simplicity of most modern layouts gives you an opportunity to be bold without verging on tacky. If you use color sparingly, it can make a meaningful impact and bring life to an otherwise neutral room.
If you want your home to look modern both inside and out, stay away from elaborate front entrances with archways and flowery hardware. Instead, choose a simple wooden door with rectangular glass panels and geometric light fixtures.
Modern home design isn’t just a trend. It’s a space-efficient way, simpler way of living—and that’s a renovation that you can’t regret.