Modern Contemporary Home Designs

At Scott Simpson Design + Build, we have been doing modern contemporary homes featuring custom architecture and design elements for more than 30 years.

We love when a home features contemporary architecture home design elements. Key features include open floor plans, streamlined spaces, statement pieces and a variety of materials and finishes. Here are a few favorite SSDB contemporary home design and build project highlights:

Modern Contemporary Homes 101

(Source: Architectural Digest)

Defined by clean lines, decorated minimalism, and current trends, contemporary interiors are distinctly of-the-moment—even when the moment changes. Starting in the 1970s, the style was first seen as more of an amalgamation of various popular aesthetics of the time, like modernism, postmodernism and Art Deco. Slowly the term contemporary started to take on a meaning of its own.

Today when someone talks about contemporary style, they’re often referring to an aesthetic that bridges the gap between modern and minimalist, with a more neutral color palette that highlights the architecture of a space. Contemporary interiors are much more fluid and ever-changing. Modern homes, however, incorporate specific qualities and elements often derived from or inspired by the midcentury-modern movement of the ’40s and ’50s.

Though not an exhaustive list, many contemporary homes will make use of the following elements:

  • Open spaces and floor plans
  • Clean, straight lines
  • Neutral color schemes with pops of color from artworks
  • Layered textures
  • Streamlined silhouettes and geometric shapes
  • Statement chandeliers or pendant lights
  • Breadth of materials including
    • Soft textiles
    • Metal accents
    • Carved wood
    • Natural woven elements, like jute

Contemporary Architects and Builders

After more than 30 years of building luxury modern contemporary homes homes on Chicago’s North Shore, we believe SSDB offers the right combination of experience, expertise, references and local ties to deliver on your vision of a contemporary home design. Opting for a united design-build service is a smart way to secure licensed architects, builders, a dedicated project management team with long-standing subcontractors, suppliers, and craftspeople that pay close attention to detail.

Our team maximizes spending power and minimizes obstacles – allowing your family to enjoy the luxury of a collaborative, informed, and inspiring process all along the journey of building your dream home.

Our North Shore architects and builders specialize in new home construction, historic renovations, and eco-conscious green building projects. We would be happy to take you on a tour through some of our contemporary style homes in the North Shore suburbs. Please contact us, and we’ll get something on the schedule.


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