Modern homes are the products of brilliant house designing by the specialists of the art of building modern houses. Very large windows, enough outdoor patios, swimming pools can characterize these houses; lush green lawns etc can characterize these custom-built houses. Some houses, which are constructed at the outskirts of the cities, may sport large sliding glass windows located at all the places where they are least expected to be found. The sliding glass windows may be made at either side of the hearth or sometimes even at the backsplash of the kitchen room. This makes the exterior of the house look much attractive from outside. The interiors of the modern homes are given a look that is very chic but are also given a cottage style of décor, which gives the essence of welcoming and an elegant look at the same time. These homes go by the minimalist styling approach. They show off a type of wooden assortment with elements of art that is ultra-modern in nature. The custom pieces in the interiors attract the visitors extremely.
It is needless to mention that these houses have different rooms with special functions. These different rooms may have different symbolic values to the family living in the house. In the modern homes, the hearth often symbolizes together of a family. Some rooms may have a shrine as to serve functions that are religious. The different rooms may include the kitchen, the laundry room, the larder, the study, the loft, the stairwell, the sunroom, the workshop room, the library etc. The loft is used for storage purpose and the study is a place generally treated as an office. Similarly, all other rooms have their own symbolic representation and importance. Some houses, in the background, have a pool or playground with a trampoline for children in the family where they can play around. Modern homes are generally constructed in a technique that is light-frame in nature. In some places, these houses are built exclusively with brick the walls are made by stones. The traditional materials of building houses have been displaced by aluminum and steel. The alternative building materials, which are becoming popular day by day, are forms of insulating concrete, panels that are structurally insulated, and light and heavy gauge framing with steel. These newer construction materials give the scope for more savings, a quality that more consistent, and they accelerate the process of construction and thus proving to be more economic.
Modern homes are made to be energy efficient also. A number of houses have been developed as a low-energy- building type. They are the zero-energy houses, the solar house that is passive. The building which are autonomous, and there are even some hones which are pre-insulated. Base isolation is a process which when applied prevents disasters from earthquake. Base isolation enhances the seismic performance of the building. It is a process of collecting structural elements that decouple the building from the ground that is shaking. This important technology controls the seismic vibrations and must be applied to the new houses and also for seismic up gradation of the already existing ones