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How much do modern style houses cost per square feet (approximately)? 

When it comes to building your modern dream home, location really *is* everything. The price you’ll pay per square foot will vary depending on how custom your build is, but the average per-square-foot cost is about $107 in the Midwest, $100 in the South, #140 in the West, and $162 in the Northeast, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Survey of the Median Price per Square Foot report.

Are there modern style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible? 

There are many reasons why some new homeowners put having a detached garage on their must-have construction wish list. Detached garages are appealing to homeowners who have hobbies, want distance from the home for various reasons, or simply because detached garages provide more space for a workshop, storage, or sheltering another vehicle than an attached garage does. Luckily, there are countless modern floor plans that feature a detached garage.

Do modern style houses usually come with a garage?  

Yes. While 50 to 100 years ago it was more common to either have no garage or to only have a carport, modern homes today feature garages. The more common question prospective homeowners ask is how big they want their garage? 2-door garages are typical, but there are modern home plans that offer 3, 4, 5, and more garage doors.

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

You can build your modern home to be average size or a massive luxury home. Your only limitations are your budget, your lot size, and your local building ordinances. You can absolutely build a normal-sized home and customize it with amenities that truly make it a grand home.

Is modern style ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically? 

How small is small? Some people build their “tiny homes” (homes less than 300 square feet) in a modern style. Building smaller is almost always more economical than building big. For example the average 1300-square-foot 2-bedroom, 1-bath new construction will cost around $93,000 to $155,000 to build.

Can modern style floor plans be open concept? 

Most modern floor plans feature an open concept, following recent trends. It would be harder to find a floor plan with completely separate living spaces with doors nowadays.

What are popular modern style exterior colors? 

Blue continues to be a popular exterior home color. Trending exterior home colors for 2020 include taupe, black, charcoal grey, olive or forest green, and red.

Can you build a modern style house on a narrow lot?   

There are many modern home plans specifically designed to fit into a narrow lot. In order to salvage clearance on the sides of the home, they will typically extend further into the yard, or more often, gain more square footage by building “up” — a two-story home won’t eat up as much of your yard, and will free up space for a garage.

Can this style be built on a wide lot? 

Modern homes, especially ranch styles, are a perfect fit for wide lots. Just remember that your plan will likely have a lot of front-facing windows and less privacy. Wide lots typically provide more options for garage placement.

Can a modern style homes be built on a sloping lot? 

There are many floor plans for building on a grade available that make the most of a sloping lot. Building with your existing terrain is often less of a hassle than fighting against it. Look for multi-level and split-level plans that will work with your existing landscape. Modern styles actually fit into sloping landscapes better than more traditional styles.

How many floors/stories does a modern style home usually have? 

How many floors do you want? Nowadays, the number of floors you choose will depend on your local building codes and ordinances, and personal tastes and lifestyle situation. A younger couple may find a three-story-home appealing, while a one-level home is probably going to be best for elderly people or those with mobility or health issues.

Do modern style houses have a basement? 

Whether or not a new modern home build includes a basement generally depends on the region you live in. Overall, though, basements are not as popular as they were in decades past, most likely due to construction standards and the use of poured slab foundations. Whether or not a modern home plan will have a basement will likely depend on the location – in colder climates such as Middle Atlantic, New England, and West North Central, municipal codes may require that the foundation be built below the frost line. Make sure the home plan you choose meets your regional building codes. On the other hand, if you aren’t required to have a basement, you can always add one to your plan as long as it meets your local codes.

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

When it comes to designing your modern dream home, you can find a plan to fit your wish list. Some plans have options to expand and add bonus rooms, while others that offer more bedrooms or open spaces may fit your needs as well.

Do modern style floor plans come with energy-efficient options? 

Almost all modern style new build plans have basic energy efficiency in mind, however, some have put more focus on the entire design from top to bottom. You really are only limited by your budget – the most energy-efficient builds are generally more expensive, but the upgrades really will pay off in the long run from energy savings.

Is a porch a common design feature with modern style houses? 

That generally depends on the overall architectural style of the home and the homeowner’s aesthetics and needs. All will feature at least a small entry porch or covered landing. Some plans include large, attractive, multi-use front porches, but the trend really is to put more of the design into patios and outdoor living spaces in the privacy of your back yard.

What types of roof does a modern style house typically have? 

95% of all new home builds in the US use either asphalt shingles, wood or shake shingles, fiber-cement tiles, clay, metal roofing, concrete, and slate (natural or faux). Keep your eye out in the future for the much-hyped, but as of yet unavailable Tesla solar tiles.

Do modern style homes work well with rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior? 

Your modern style home can have any interior décor design you like, however, if you have a specific interior aesthetic you should choose a modern floor plan that ties some of those tastes to the exterior of your home to avoid a jarring mix of styles between interior and exterior. They don’t have to match exactly, but meshing one or two elements between the two will give you more freedom to get creative with your interior décor.