Space + Light = Modern
Open concept living and expansive outdoor views, aided by the incorporation of narrow sightline windows, is another key trait of a modern home’s design. “The lot experience is the lived experience,” Vincent said. On that note, Sag Harbor home designer John Patrick Winberry of The Up Studio
stated he always places the path of the sun at the top of his project strategy. “There is this big blazing ball of fire in the sky that effects everything,” he said.
The massing of large windows and open spaces offers a lightness that allows breathing room for the home and its occupants. And it is not dependent on size as the basic tenets that drive modern design can be applied to 1,000 or 10,000 square feet. “It’s all about human scale and creating spaces that people are drawn to,” said Tony Videen of STR8 Modern
, designer and homeowner of the Golden Valley home.
Outside a truly modern home, materials can run the gamut from earthen to industrialized. In Sag Harbor and Golden Valley, ebony exteriors showcase the clean lines of the design. Tonka Bay’s structure offers a slight nod to prairie-style architecture
, mirrored in its use of natural materials like slate, stone, and stucco.
The interior of a modern home will most likely repeat this organic simplicity with the use of earthen palettes. Modern homes typically feature furnishings that mimic the natural elements. Greys, creams, whites, and taupe are all prominent colors used in these three homes.
Life is not Symmetrical
In short, according to Vincent, modern homes “reflect the programming and the response to the functionality and functional needs of the homeowners.” And they are designed accordingly - often in an asymmetrical manner. “Life is not symmetrical,” he added. “Living, working, and playing is not a symmetrical experience. It’s always imbalanced in some way. And these modern homes reflect that.”