Clean Simple Lines and Furnishings
Contemporary porches, also referred to as modern porches, are comfortable and welcoming.
A contemporary style usually implies simple clean lines and a bit of sophistication, too.
Colors are often neutral with punches of bright colors and texture introduced with pillows and other accents.
These modern porches can be extremely varied, possibly unique, and no single common design theme binds them as a style.
That's what makes them so interesting!
The plant lamps add warmth and ambiance to this stunning porch
Photo courtesy of PlantlampUSA.com
Contemporary Home and Porch Plans
Clean architectural lines are characteristic of contemporary homes and porches.
Home plans are good sources for ideas you may not have previously considered.
Here are a few home and porch plans that you can peruse or acquire from Family Home Plans to build your home or to use for adding a great porch!
Cottage style contemporary home plan #65033
Note the expansive window arrangement #65015
Nice skylights on porch roof #49503
Split-level contemporary #49230
Characteristics of Modern Homes and Porches
Note the expansive window display and how the architecture over the porch is carried through over the door and windows.
Typical of many more contemporary porches, additional columns are added.
In the photo above the middle column is not required for structural purposes.
Removing that column will give the porch a more open appeal.
Inviting contemporary porch on a lovely newer home
Today's Contemporary Home Trends
Contemporary-style homes also vary extensively by region, and what may be considered contemporary in one region is simply non-traditional in another.
This style home is unique and varies by design.
- Large expanses of windows
- Incorporate geometric shapes
- Odd-sized windows
- Clean lines rather than ornate characteristics like Victorian homes
- Open, informal floor plans
An interesting observation we've made is that many modern homes lack large porches.
If a porch is present, most are small porticoes, or relatively small in overall design.
If there is no porch, usually there is a pediment above the door and light panels on either side.
Because many modern homes are found in developments, lot size ends up dictating porch size.
When you only have a small area on which to build, interior space is a premium and therefore, porches are minimized in most cases.
Have a split-level home? Here are ideas for adding a front porch.
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