Retro is IN!
Out with the curves and in with straight edges…
…Contemporary design, circa 1960’s is IN! During the late 1960’s, contemporary plans were all the rave. The styling is a combination of several vastly different styles, pulled into one:
- Front-load garages for cost effectiveness
- Shallow pitched roofs with sharp edged architectural design
- Simple, clean lines that are cost effective to build but, are nonetheless attractive
- Large, full-wall windows that follow the roof gables, bringing the outdoors inside
- A mixture of materials on the exterior (brick, stone, siding and stucco)
- Continuous flow in design, creating a more modern living space
The modern floorplan seamlessly molds efficiency with timeless style and quality. Post World War II styles leaned towards the artistic, whereas new homes offer more utilitarian features.
Frank Lloyd Wright was among the WWII building pioneers whose style opened the doors to architectural artistic expression in organic, contemporary style. These bold styles were new to the U.S. and certainly, a 180-degree change from the Colonial style, which had been so popular for so many years.
Presently, the craftsman is the mark of the newer home. Style and utility are in fine balance in the crafted home. Structures are designed to cater to the homeowner–keeping them in synch with the surroundings; stylish but, not stuffy! The crafted home allows for a wide variety of architectural taste and/or flare. Clean, sheik lines and lower pitched roofs seem to make a strong statement but, allows an unparalleled freedom of personal expression–comfortable, classy or chic; the crafted home offers modern luxury that the traditional home does not permit.
The Post World War II design, also known as the Mid Century Modern home, is characterized by features that combine the living areas–such as the living room and dining room, vaulted ceilings, large, exposed beams and geometric forms which draw sharp rooflines and use glass extensively to bring in the natural lighting from the outdoors.
Despite the extensive use of glass in these homes, most of the Mid-Century Modern homes are built more energy efficient and the new designs and building materials have taken energy efficiency to a whole new level! Because green building has become so popular, these homes have risen in popularity as well. If you are looking for midcentury modern real estate, see the properties here. Modern living at its best with vaulted ceilings and open living spaces.
We love Midcentury modern homes in Charlotte NC. Contact us for any home in Mecklenburg County NC.
Some of the popular neighborhoods featuring contemporary Mid Century Modern homes in Charlotte NC include:
- NoDa (Arts District)
- Pellyn Wood
- Tega Cay & River Hills in SC
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