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How much do Mid-Century Modern style houses cost per square foot?

As hard as it may be to believe there are reports of new homes built in Mid-Century Modern style for as little as $185 per square foot. While it would not be necessary for building materials to fall off the back of a truck, building a Mid-Century Modern house at this cost per square foot would require skillful use of some recycled materials. Most contractors are likely to quote a cost of $250 to $300 per square foot for new homes in this style.

You may also want to consider remodeling and refurbishing an existing Mid-Century Modern home. But be aware that restoring a 50- to 70-year-old house can be almost as expensive as new construction.

Are there Mid-Century Modern style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

It is easy to find building plans for Mid-Century modern homes with detached garages and outbuildings in Mid-Century Modern style. You can find garage plans in a variety of layouts and with a variety of shelving solutions.

Does Mid-Century Modern style house usually come with a garage? 

The Mid-Century Modern style came of age during the decades most American families finally could afford cars. Neary every Mid-Century Modern home plan includes a garage either attached or detached.

Is Mid-Century Modern style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Mid-Century Modern style homes run the gamut from modest bungalow to massive mansion. It’s possible to find building plans that emulate the award-winning architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. Mid-Century Modern homes with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking stunning landscapes and Olympic swimming pools are available. But most Mid-Century Modern homes were and are built for middle class families who appreciate the straight lines, subdued colors, and openness to nature characteristic of the style.

Is Mid-Century Modern style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

The Mid-Century Modern style is perfect for a permanent tiny house. Small houses with interesting geometry can have curb appeal that many other styles of tiny houses cannot. There are plans for stunning Mid-Century Modern tiny houses with footprints as small as 200 square feet that somehow don’t “look tiny.” It’s not hard at all to find plans for Mid-Century Modern hours under 1,000 square feet.

Can Mid-Century Modern style floor plans be open concept?

Mid-Century Modern style became famous for opening up interior spaces and adding big windows to connect those interior spaces with nature. Mid-Century Modern houses have long sight lines and lots of natural light. Only bedrooms and bathrooms will be private and cut off from the outdoors. Since Mid-Century Modern house frames are made with lighter, stronger materials, there is no need for bulky interior walls to support higher floors and the roof.

What are popular Mid-Century Modern style exterior colors?

There are several popular color palettes for Mid-Century Modern exterior colors. One approach is bright and white. Use white exterior paint when you want to accent a brick or stone façade. The white grabs your attention and lets you discover the brick or stone accent. White exteriors work with brightly colored doors and panels.

The classic exterior paint colors for Mid-Century Modern homes are earth tones. Brown almost always works with the architecture, but brick red and honey-hued creams are also attractive with many exterior designs. Whatever earth tone you select, it should be compatible with the front door, chimney (if any), and breezeblock. Remember to coordinate exterior colors with your planters, deck, and outdoor furniture.

Can you build Mid-Century Modern style house on a narrow lot?

Mid-Century Modern design can work on narrow lots. The angular geometry of Mid-Century Modern houses makes them look good in tight spaces. The absence of a big yard focuses the eye on the house for greater curb appeal.

How do you make this style work on a narrow lot?

Choose plans that give your house a spacious look with metal exteriors featuring glass panels. Keep the gables and overhangs close to the ground with awnings and large picture windows. This way your Mid-Century Modern house will look like it dominates a lot rather than as if it were confined to your lot. And, of course, you can always build up instead of out.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

The quintessential Mid-Century Modern house as a long, horizontal, low, flat roof. It’s perfect for a wide lot. You don’t want your roof line to stretch across your whole lot like a Great Plains horizon, however. Its important to have staggered heights and good integration of your house with garage or carport space to make a wide layout attractive.

Can Mid-Century Modern style homes be built on a sloping lot?

There are two ways to build an attractive Mid-Century Modern home on a sloping lot. One is to pay a small fortune for excavating your lot and building a retaining wall to prevent flooding and earth movement. This approach only works if your lot slopes down toward the street.

The other way to build a Mid-Century Modern home on a sloping lot is to choose building plans that focus on varying heights rather than a single, broad roof line. Since Mid-Century Modern style brings the outdoors inside with big windows, you can connect a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces with different elevations and different views throughout your home.

How many floors/stories does Mid-Century Modern style usually have?

Most Mid-Century Modern homes were built with a single floor, sometimes with a sunken living room or split level. But it is easy to find plans for two- and three-story Mid-Century Modern hours.

Do Mid-Century Modern style houses have a basement?

In the parts of the United States where Mid-Century Modern houses are especially common, such as Southern California, Arizona, and Texas, most homes built in this style do not have basements. But basements with outdoor access are a great feature for Mid-Century Modern homes built on a sloping lot.

 

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

It’s always possible to have a bonus room in a Mid-Century Modern house. Just start with an extra bedroom! Bonus rooms don’t have to be dreary and cramped. In a Mid-Century Modern house, your bonus room can have the same spacious, airy feel as any other room in your house.

Do Mid-Century Modern style floor plans come with energy efficient options?

During the two decades in which Mid-Century Modern homes were the predominant style in new home construction in the United States, residential energy use doubled. Making Mid-Century Modern homes energy-efficient is a challenge.

All those wonderful windows need to come with double- or triple-panes. Extra insulation is needed in the walls because of all the windows. The flat roof needs to be well insulated. Landscaping can block summer sun and winter winds. Window film and window treatments can reduce glare and both winter heat loss and summer heat gain. Energy-efficient appliances make energy bills more manageable.

Is a porch a common design feature with Mid-Century Modern style houses?

Almost any Mid-Century Modern design can incorporate a porch with or without an awning or overhang. The porch Is an extension of indoor living space in the same style, leading the eye to the yard or nature.

What types of roof does Mid-Century Modern style house typically have?

Many Mid-Century Modern homes have flat roofs that can be covered with tar and gravel. It’s inexpensive, easy to maintain, and invisible from the street. For homes built in locations where it can get hot all year round, polyurethane foam keeps the house cool. It’s important to use an experienced contractor when you get polyurethane foam. Don’t just go with the lowest bid.

Does Mid-Century Modern style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Mid-Century Modern style doesn’t really work with rustic interior décor. Mid-Century Modern interiors benefit from the same geometric shapes and subdued colors used in the design of the house itself.