Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved modern architecture. You know how they say if you visualize something long enough, it will happen? When I look back at my Pinterest board while living in Chicago, all I pinned were modern homes in rural areas. So I totally think I’ve been subconsciously visualizing this for a long time. Take a look at some of the modern house design pins from my Pinterest board:
I think I started becoming obsessed with modern architecture in rural areas when I noticed that a lot of beautiful floor to ceiling windows were being wasted in the city. I remember looking at an apartment that had this gorgeous floor to ceiling window that literally faced another building.
And then of course if you wanted to get the million dollar view it would cost, well a million dollars. So, here’s our attempt to hack a million dollar home on our piece of land with a pretty view for less than $200K.
Modern House Design (where we are in the process)
Designing the House
I have spent so much time in Room Sketcher obsessing over the floor plan of the house to make sure the layout is efficient. When designing our floor plan, I first considered the land to build the house around the land, not the other way around.
For example, we have a beautiful sunset view to the west so our whole house is basically being designed to maximize this view and face the forest with floor to ceiling windows. The island from the kitchen will face the windows so I can wash the dishes facing the forest, the master bath will have a window overlooking the trees, etc. We are prioritizing the windows before finishing the basement, which we can see finishing down the line as our family expands.
Bobby is designing the 3D model of the house in Revit and has learned the software from scratch watching YouTube videos. We are building the house on a hill so are doing a walkout basement. However, part of the basement is purposefully sticking out further than the top of the house to act as a rooftop deck.
We’ve decided to go with ICF construction for the framing of the house. ICF stands for Insulated Concrete Forms. Check out how they construct the house out of foam boards in the video below.
We’re going with ICF over traditional stick frame for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that the house will be better sealed with concrete. Because of this, ICF homes are much more energy efficient. Another factor is that we’re prone to tornadoes out here. Home insurance companies tend to give more favorable rates to ICF homes as well.
We’re just at the beginning of this exciting journey so make sure to subscribe if you want to stay up to date on the build! I will keep posting blog posts as we finalize the design and upload videos when we start the actual construction. Stay tuned! 🙂
Are you building a modern house design? Using ICF? If so, I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you have!