10 Modern One Story House Design Ideas – Discover the Current Trends (Plans and Facades)

We have selected ten modern one story house models that aim to show the new styles as well as the architectural forms used by the top designers. Discover them and learn how to implement them in your new construction or remodel home projects.

1. Exposed concrete and steel present in modern buildings

Modern house one story floor
Modern house one story floor – Photos: Oscar Hernandez / Design:  ADI Architecture and interior design

It highlights the exposed concrete currently used as construction finishing material, in addition to the steel that it’s used as a supporting structure for the roof of the carport, there is a perfect communion of materials in a simple rectangular volumetry.

Modern house plan
Modern house plan – Land area 2520 ft²
Flat bedroom on second floor
Flat bedroom on second floor

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2. Simple lines are a must in modern home design

Main facade modern wooden house
Main facade modern wooden house –Photos: Michael Kai Photography / Design: Mitsouri Architects
One floor house first floor plan
One floor house first floor plan
Upper floor bedroom floor plan
Upper floor bedroom floor plan – It has been conditioned a bedroom with bathroom on the roof

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3. Simple geometric shapes together with a balanced use of construction materials

There is a current trend in the design of houses to include simple geometric figures, for example, we can see structures in “L” or arches that are harmonized with the building materials used, like here:

Large modern house facade
Large modern house facade – Photos: Josh Partee / Design: Hennebery Eddy Architects
Large one story house plans
Large one story house plans – Plans for a large house of 3014 ft²

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4. New features in the design of ceilings together with the use of creative porticos

Modern small house
Modern small house – Credits: Rawson Homes

At the moment the ceilings can have complex geometric figures like for example the Piscucha House that has an origami-style cover.  This is possible thanks to the evolution of the construction materials that are lighter and more resilient.

Modern small house plan
Modern small house plan – Land area 1916 ft²

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5. Large glazed volumes made out of concrete

Room with outside terrace
Room with outside terrace – Photos: Oscar Hernández / Design: Plastik Arquitectos

This house has been created in a lightbox style, this is part of the use of large glass proportions. A modern material and increasingly resilient (multilayer laminated tempered glass), to complete the functional requirements such as the control of lightning inside the house. Light steel and wood are also used as construction materials (see image above).

The image that we are going to see next shows us how the translucent glass windows are balanced with the solid walls constituted completely by concrete.

Flat L shaped house plan
Flat L shaped house plan – Floor plan of the house has the shape of “L”
Modern house stone facade
Modern house stone facade – Main facade

6. Simplicity – a vital word in modern constructions

Modern house with a beautiful facade
Modern house with a beautiful facade – Photos: Jacopo Mascheroni / Design: JM Architecture

The current design has left behind the friezes, textures, and colors, and transitioned to a minimalist design. Neutral colors dominate more and more house designs; Depending on the designer’s vision, some “natural” textures and colors can be created, ex: exposed wood or concrete.

Modern house with one story design with pool
Modern house with one story design with pool – Beautiful modern house facade with water mirror
Floor plan of an L-shaped apartment
Floor plan of an L-shaped apartment – Land area 320 square meters

7. House design blending with the natural environment – a constant in architecture

Contemporary house facade
Contemporary house facade – Photo: Paul Bardagjy / Design: Bercy Chen Studio

It is not easy to create a good integration for a house with the land that surrounds it. Concepts such as using building materials in the area as well as adapting to the topography of the land are just one of the requirements. A masterpiece that exemplifies the integration requirement is the famous waterfall house by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The forms can now be riskier and, nevertheless, the integration concept with the environment has a powerful contrast as we can see in the beautiful design of Bercy Chen.

An irregularly shaped apartment floor plan
An irregularly shaped apartment floor plan – The floor plan has an irregular shape
Contemporary house facade design
Contemporary house facade design – Ultra modern house facade

8. Modern houses are self-sufficient and ecologically friendly in their construction

Small modern house facade
Small modern house facade – Photos: Meritxell Arjalaguer / Architects: NOEM

Modern houses are self-sufficient in energy and make use of the same natural resources as air, rain, and sun to achieve it. Every time we see more houses with windows oriented in a way that allows crosswinds, the use of solar panels, the green roofs or alternatively the reflective roofs as you can see in the prefabricated buildings.

The design of NOEM is an ecological construction and in this era of technological advancement – the house can be controlled by the smartphone. Thanks to this home – mobile integration and the use of satellite map applications and the weather, we will always have the adequate lighting and air conditioning according to the time of the day. In this way when we are about to enter our home we will automatically have the entrance hall lit up.

96 square meters flat small house
96 square meters flat small house

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9. Modern houses are now practical and quickly constructed

Prefabricated one-story house
Prefabricated one-story house – Photos: Zooey Braun / Design: Werner Sobek Group (via)

Different construction companies are offering to build a small prefabricated house in less than a week (there are cases that offer the installation in only a couple of hours).

For example, the Werner Sobek proposal allows a functional housing (see floor plan) and at the same time quite safe.

Prefabricated house with folding panels
Prefabricated house with folding panels
Cut plane small house one floor
Cut plan small house one floor – Type of foundation for a prefabricated house
Prefabricated home design
Prefabricated home design – Floorplan

10. Move interior rooms or enlarge the house. Now it’s easier to style the house with doing it yourself detachable walls.

Small one-story prefabricated house
Small one-story prefabricated house – Design: Mima Architects / Mimahousing

A house type “Transformers” is a quick, economical and practical solution for millions of people or newly formed families. Mimahousing allows through panels to generate internal rooms or modify them according to the use that you want to give them; externally it is also possible to place more modules with relative ease.

Placement of indoor interior divisions
Placement of indoor interior divisions
Small house a bedroom plan
Small house a bedroom plan – Built area 872 square foot
Small house three bedrooms floor plan
Small house three bedrooms floor plan – Built area 1626 square foot

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