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What to keep in mind when designing a modern house

Natasha Kurien Natasha Kurien
Bungalow at Alibaug Modern living room by A Design Studio Modern
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Planning a modern house requires patience, thoughtful deliberation, and a fair amount of design skills. Before designing a modern house, it is essential to understand the layout of your home, the materials, decor and colours that would work well with the overall design. Modern house design plans come with a variety of features. The onus of breathing life into a chosen model is entirely up to you.

We recommend seeking the professional assistance of an architect or interior designer when it comes to designing a modern house as the expertise that they bring to the project will not only add value to your home but also help you avoid any pitfalls along the way. Whether you are looking to upgrade your home, or are designing a new home from scratch, here are a few design tips and modern house features to use as a guideline. 

1. Choose a straightforward floor plan for a modern house

3d floor plan by 3DFUSIONEDGE Modern

3d floor plan


The factor that differentiates a traditional home from a modern one is the floor plan layout and shape of the house. The floor plan of a traditional home is generally not as organised as a contemporary home as the latter tends to be more symmetrical. Unlike a classic-style home, a modern house is characterised by pure rectilinear spaces arranged around a fulcrum point, which makes it easy to differentiate between the two.

If you have a disorganised floor plan that is without clear cut demarcations, it is essential to look for a way to make the layout more straightforward. You can check to see if you can square off some walls, or combine two small rooms into one large space.

2. Opt for an open floor plan for a modern house

LIVING & DINING ROOM Modern living room by A Design Studio Modern Wood Wood effect
A Design Studio


A Design Studio

The design of a modern home usually features open floor plans with one area flowing into the next. It allows for more space as there aren't any walls restricting or defining two spaces. Traditional homes, on the other hand, have separate, distinct rooms – with the kitchen, dining room and living room being different from each other.

If your home has closed-off rooms, and you are looking to achieve a sense of openness, consider removing the walls and allowing the spaces to flow into one another. You might need to add a beam to support loads in the open area, depending on the existing structure and frames.

3. Designing a modern house with a simplified roof design

The modern roof design is characterised by a flat structure, whereas traditional houses have pitched roofs. In general, modern homes have multiple spaces housed beneath a single continuous roof structure which simplifies the design of the roof, eliminating complexity and granting the freedom to get the floor plan right without affecting the roof design as much.

If you have a traditional home design with a pitched roof, you have two choices. The easiest one is to keep the original roof intact and consider other ways of modernising your house exterior. The other is to re-design the roof so that it mimics a more modern roof design.  

4. What type of windows are best suited for the design of a modern house?

DR.HARIHARAN RESIDENCE Modern windows & doors by Muraliarchitects Modern



A modern window design generally has vast expanses of glass that occupy the entire wall. Traditional homes, on the other hand, have smaller windows made up of standard casements that open out. The benefit of larger windows is that they provide for stellar views allowing more light into your home.

If your existing home has traditional windows, you need to decide on the shape, size and location that you would want to work upon to create a modern look. Simply switching from a single or double hung window to a fixed window can help modernise the look of your home. 

5. Storage is a significant aspect of the design of a modern house

Luxury kitchens that outclasses all other kitchens you've seen by Küche7 Modern

Luxury kitchens that outclasses all other kitchens you've seen


Modern house design plans take into consideration the placement, storage and display of vital elements. Storage solutions comprise of cabinets, built-in cupboards or wardrobes and modular furniture systems. The differentiating factor between modern and traditional designs is the overall look and style of storage solutions.

Ensure that you have a specific place to store all of your belongings. To keep your home clutter-free opt for flat slab cabinet doors. Try to avoid recessed panels and decorative wood profiles that are typical of the traditional style home.

Whether it's small houses or larger ones, keep these tips in mind when you embark on the beautiful journey of designing a modern home.

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