The Modern Look: Why Traditional Brick Construction Works So Well for a Contemporary Home

More and more custom home builders are being asked for less and less from clients who want a modern design. In 1947, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe opined that “less is more” in terms of aesthetic and functional architectural design and this began the evolution of “modern” home design.

“Despite popular belief, true modern homes do not follow popular trends,” according to home design website Houzz.com. “Modern houses focus on structural simplicity, order and functionality — monochromatic walls, basic materials and clean architectural lines are the foundation.”

The website notes that this style includes minimalist and Bauhaus spaces as well as grid-like glass houses. Modern interior design emphasizes strong lines, a lack of ornamentation and minimal texture. Plus, it uses straightforward furniture and dramatic modern art to complement the stark architecture.

“In a modern house, lighting is a key structural element that accentuates planes and highlights focal points. Modern design is often a love-it or hate-it style — many appreciate its minimalist, uncluttered feel, while others miss the warmth and variety found in other styles,” Houzz concludes.

 

Using Brick in a Modern Home Design

Many think of brick construction and assume it is only used with a traditional home design. Can brick be incorporated in a modern design?  

Overwhelmingly, designers have said YES. The clean lines of brick work well with modern design. Traditional design often incorporates rustic, textured and frequently multi-colored brick in both the exterior and interior. Modern designs incorporate brick with a more narrow color range and less surface texturing. 

Brick can be used for a kitchen wall, wine cellar, accent wall in an office or as a fireplace surround. Exposed brick suggests the look and feel of an urban setting, such as a loft.

“Traditional design often incorporates rustic, textured and frequently multi-colored brick in both exterior and interior,” notes Michael Earley of Acme Brick. “More modern designs incorporate brick with a more narrow color range and less surface texturing.”

Brick also works well as a visual counterpoint to the minimalistic interiors of modern homes.

“Using brick indoors brings warmth and scale to an interior,” said Earley. “Any living space can benefit from the addition of brick.”

 

What Colors of Brick Work Best with a Modern Design?

While color palette preferences change over time, designers are currently favoring grays and whites. The beauty of brick is that the color selection is huge, from whites and tans to red to earth tones, black and dark grays.

Brick is a timeless construction material that transcends fads. It is colorfast and never fades like paint or wood or synthetic siding materials.

 

The Practical Considerations of Brick

Designers and homeowners have realized that visually, brick works perfectly with a modern design. However, it also has other practical advantages. It is environmentally friendly, enabling home owners to save thousands of dollars each year on utilities.

Plus, it is virtually maintenance-free because it never needs painting. And it saves homeowners on their insurance payments because it is less likely to be destroyed by fire and wind.

 

If you are considering building a home with a modern design, contact the experts at Acme Brick