THE MODERN HOME
The Modern house was most typically a post-and-beam structure with a flat or broad low-pitched gable or shed roof. Exposed structure, an expressive use of modern materials, and the incorporation of landscaped areas, sometimes inside the house, were the main contributing elements to the architectural character.
These homes were typically designed and built from the 1920s to approximately 1970, with a preponderance developed from 1945 (post WWII) on. They range from the International Style as exemplified by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe to the Modern Ranch House which predominates in the North American west.
Much of the above description could be applied to Contemporary Modern homes with the obvious distinction that these are being built in the contemporary context (right now). Some characteristics that differ include the current use of metal roofing, some uses of synthetic sidings, added steel structural support, and, in general, the Contemporary Modern home is larger than the Classic Modern home. Also, the use of “Green” materials and systems are commonly used in Contemporary Modern homes, with architects and builders pushing the boundaries of sustainable housing and design.
Just in case you were wondering…