Mid-century modern houses began showing up after World War II as a new way of looking at the world. The early architects of this style wanted people to see the beauty of the world and integrate this beauty into their homes.
After World War II, people were focused on their families and wanted features such as open floorplans, glass doors leading to additional outdoor living space, and large windows over their kitchen sink so that they could watch their children playing in the backyard.
Some of the characteristics that make these houses unique include:
- Large windows and extensive use of glass – a goal of mid-century modern houses is to bring the beauty of outside into each home by incorporating large floor-to-ceiling windows.
- Open design – open concept floorplans with the kitchen and living areas facing each other is a feature of mid-century modern architecture. Living areas typically have high ceiling and exposed beams. Some homes had split levels with small staircases to additional living areas.
- Flat planes and sharp angles – these houses tend to be single story or split-level with low roof lines. The architecture and the landscaping are very geometric in nature.
- Based on simplicity – mid-century modern homes are based on simplicity and cleanliness.
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