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A prefabricated or architectural house: spoiled for choice
There are various different possibilities when it comes to the design of a house. Two of them could scarcely be more different: the prefabricated house and the architectural house.
The prefabricated house
A prefabricated house has already been designed and even partially built. The floor plan and many furnishing details can also be individually adapted in a prefabricated house. Finished walls or even entire rooms arrive directly on the building site. This significantly shortens the construction time and enables the building owners to move in more quickly. There is a wide range of possible styles, including very modern designs.
The architectural house
An architectural house can be designed according to your wishes. Alternatively, you can also give the architect a free hand. This results in some very modern architecture with individual floor plans that stand out from the crowd. The downside is that the process between planning a design and starting construction work is much longer. Usually the first plans aren’t ready for several months, whereas in the case of a prefabricated house this ideally only takes a few days.
Construction method: progressive or classic – as long as it’s modern
No matter whether you choose a prefabricated house or an architectural house made to measure: “modern” can look very different. Houses in the Bauhaus style with flat roofs and very clear lines are back in fashion. But a city villa with a gable roof and stone columns is also in keeping with the spirit of the times. It can be modern without contrasting too much with the other buildings in an old town, for example. Semi-detached houses are a good way to create a stylish home for two families, especially in cramped cities.
The modern Bauhaus style combines contemporary design with perfect use of space and can therefore be realized even on small plots of land. But bungalows are far from out of fashion. However, they require more floor space due to the distribution of the living area over just one story. A large plot of land is a must here, to leave enough space for a garden.
Modern houses: an ecological design is vital
In today’s world, modern also means efficient, i.e. the property should at least meet the current energy standards. As a result, good insulation in the form of wood is back in fashion. As a natural building material, it is self-replenishing and has a balanced environmental impact. Partial wooden paneling also gives concrete buildings a more natural touch. A photovoltaic system on the roof of a house can generate at least some of the energy required.
Passive houses are particularly ecological; in Switzerland, the Minergie-P standard is roughly equivalent to the passive house standard in Germany. A very well-insulated, airtight building envelope is vital in Minergie-P buildings. An air-to-air heat pump supplies every room with fresh or preheated air and thus ensures a constant temperature. Since traditional heating is usually no longer necessary, a passive house works ecologically and cost-efficiently.
Habitation: clarity inside and out
Modern houses not only differ from old buildings on the outside, there are also differences in the design of the interiors. The living area is usually rectangular or square. Niches or corners are rarely found. This makes the floor plan clear and simple. High ceilings are not uncommon, but don’t generally continue throughout the entire house. Galleries are very popular in modern villas, for instance, as they make the room appear larger and more open.
Large windows that often extend right down to the floor provide plenty of light. Light colors add to the friendly atmosphere. Instead of comprising many small rooms, modern houses frequently have fewer, but larger rooms. In modern house planning, the kitchen is not usually a separate room, but is integrated into the dining or living room as a combined lounge/kitchen area. This creates a spacious open area that is used for more than just cooking.
The networked house: modern technology in a smart home
Many building owners also want state-of-the-art technology in their modern house. In the smart home, for example, radiators or underfloor heating can be controlled very conveniently via smartphone or voice assistant.
Thanks to smart lamps, changes in brightness are possible without having to install a dimmer switch. Individual color shades are also not a problem in most cases. Some kitchen appliances, televisions and many other devices already have the technology built in. However, stable Wi-Fi is crucial.
Conclusion: a dream house to suit the times.
Prefabricated houses are somewhat cheaper and require less planning than architectural houses. But the latter offer much more individuality. Both types of house can be modern – especially if you, as the builder, also place the emphasis on contemporary design in the interior decor.