Modern houses: architecture, inspiration & pictures

While wooden homes are popular in the Philippines, a modern house is still the preferred dwelling for the modern family. Aside from the fact that it is more suited for the fast-paced city life and times, contemporary properties are also much easier to maintain than rustic abodes. And, because they are made from modern materials such as steel, glass, and concrete, it is better suited to last in our current climate. These days, modern houses come in different shapes, sizes, and prices, but in Metro Manila, they could commonly be found in subdivisions featuring clean lines and asymetrical proportions on the outside, plus a capacious open-plan layout and chic minimalist design on the inside. These homes are indeed very popular, so if you wish to have one for your family, here are some pointers you need to consider:

How can I plan a modern house? 

Space is a luxury these days, even in a country like the Philippines. So, if you were to build a modern home for your family, you have to plan every square inch of your project wisely. What is good about the contemporary design is that its clean and simple style is able to work in even the tiniest of lots. If you are on a tight budget, small, box-shaped homes, which have been dominating the property market of late, are something to consider. Container homes are also a good option. Inside, you can opt for an open-plan layout, which allows for a seamless transition from one room to the other. It all depends on your tastes and requirements, and you can always visit homify’s free consultation page if you are unsure on how to proceed with your home project.

How can I add warmth into my contemporary home? 

Modern home elements include sleek lines, minimalist interiors, and stark colors. Not exactly the characteristics of a home that you would call warm or homely. But, contrary to popular belief, there are a ton of ways to make a contemporary home design look a little more cozy. And, it’s easy! One example would be putting up photos of families and friends around the home, as well as art pieces! You can also carpets and rugs to match your living room or bedroom set. For the living room or patio, areas where people usually congregate, you can try to throw some pillows on the sofa or add some knitted blankets ⸺ it would not only benefit guests, but your family as well!

A modern house with a small budget? 

Modern homes may look expensive, but there are actually ways on how you can build one for yourself, even if you are on a budget. In the Philippines, small modern houses can probably range from as low as P500,000, depending, of course, on the location, size, and style of the home. Aside from the total price of the property, you can also make the most of how of your home’s value by adding modern fixtures, as well as eco-friendly elements such as solar panels, which may come at a price now, but can save you a lot of money in the future.

What is “smart home technology”? 

Smart houses use an automation system that enables homeowners to control their entire homes. And, this high-tech concept is nothing new in the Philippines. Many condominium units offer smart home technology, which lets its owners control everything from the room temperature, shower, alarm clocks, window blinds, and the entire audio visual entertainment system to name a few. Since becoming popular in the country, smart technology has also been adopted for landed properties, which are abundant in the country, giving families the ease and comfort suited to these modern times.

What are the environment-friendly materials I can use? 

Having environment-friendly and sustainable materials as materials for houses are becoming increasingly necessary. We have all seen the negative effects of climate change. Thus, we need to prepare ahead to be able to adjust to changes. Luckily, contemporary homes highly encourage the use of traditional materials such as as locally produced hollow bricks, tiles and bamboo that seem to serve this purpose.Use it for your home and enjoy the benefits!