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By: Kevin Ahern on January 28th, 2016

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Modern Style Home Living Ideas


Modern building and decorating styles focus on open spaces, hand-crafted design elements and use of natural materials. The modern aesthetic is tasteful, functional and elegant. If you're hoping to emulate a modern style home, consider the following trends for your upcoming remodel or home building project.

Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans are one of the hottest trends in home building and design. In households with many people, the open floor plan allows many family members to spend time together in one large space while all working on separate activities. In an open floor plan, the kitchen, living room and dining room all become one space.

Natural Hardwood

From flooring to hand-carved millwork, hardwood makes an appearance in homes all over the country. Its warmth and natural beauty adds value to homes where ever it is used. In addition, wood can be dressed up for formal spaces and kept casual for more intimate, personal spaces. It can be painted, stained or varnished to keep its naked beauty. In other words, natural hardwood can be used all over your house to good effect.

Big Kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is especially true of big kitchens, which can accommodate large groups of friends and relatives in one single location. Not so long ago, kitchens were much smaller, and tiny older kitchens are a common problem for many homeowners. Perhaps this is why one of the most common remodels sought after by homeowners are kitchen remodels, expansions and bump-outs.

Natural Lighting

Large, functional windows have always been in style, but now that the green movement is taking hold, natural lighting is more important than ever. Natural lighting can take many different forms. Skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, glass patio doors and expansive picture windows are all common in homes with natural lighting. These beautiful design features often offer spectacular views while helping homeowners save money on utilities.

Outdoor Spaces

For many homeowners, it's more important than ever to have a home with attractive outdoor spaces. From decks to patios to innovative landscaping choices, many homeowners who remodel start with the exterior of their home. Maintaining an attractive exterior allows homeowners to enhance their home's curb appeal and make outdoor entertaining easier.

Green Materials

In recent years, green materials like reclaimed wood and recycled glass have become highly desirable for homeowners. These materials are unique, beautiful and good for the environment. Using eco-friendly products in your home can increase its resale value and make it more attractive to home buyers.

For more information about the best modern home building trends and how they can be incorporated into your own home's design, contact Litchfield Builders. We'll be happy to give you a quote and talk to you about the best design choices for your home.Request a free construction consultation