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Contemporary Barrington homes do not appeal to everyone. Contemporary designs can be mild to extreme. Contemporary Barrington homes are often found in waterfront locations and were designed to make the most of the views. You’ll often see walls of windows at the back of these houses.
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How to Describe Contemporary Barrington Homes
Maybe just about anything that doesn’t fit into any other style but in my mind it’s those houses that are stand out different in appearance. I would best describe them as homes that look more unusual and have the biggest and most windows and skylights at the back for the best light and prettiest views to be appreciated. You’ll often find the front is where the garage doors are, they may be mutli-level, have flat roofs, can be square or round and materials are used to suit the design. I feel it’s a love hate relationship.
Above is a contemporary style of house. From the front you might think it’s a ranch but in fact there is a second level with all the bedrooms at the back.
When it comes to water views and contemporary homes I’ve seen the property located at such an odd angle on the lot, from the front it looks wrong. However it is always deliberate. After all if you had the biggest windows for the best views, wouldn’t you want to make sure the house captured them all. I know I would.
The Inside of A Contemporary Barrington Home
This for me is sometimes an interesting surprise. More often than not if it’s contemporary styling on the outside, you’ll find the same inside. But not always. I am often surprised to find a country style kitchen inside a contemporary Barrington home. Of course the reverse is also true. I’ll walk into a Tudor style home and inside, yes you’re right, contemporary furnishings. That’s not so radical a concept, in fact if we all look inside our own homes there are likely going to be some contemporary styled furnishings, or at least modern.
Contemporary kitchens are different to most. They offer very clean lines, with drawer and door fronts being smooth, simple handles, in other words no fancy detailing or architecture. The following photos are from 2 different contemporary kitchens.
This first kitchen shows the flush doors, clean lines, with handles that are absolutely perfect, it’s simplistic styling is extremely attractive. In abundance are vertical and horizontal lines, notice the floor and the tile decorations, how they pick up and compliment the cabinets and hardware.
This smaller kitchen is very similar in styling but a touch of color has been added to the upper cabinets. It works but at this point it makes the design much more personal in style. Last year I showed a luxury Barrington house in South Barrington that although was not truly contemporary from the outside, the orange and black contemporary kitchen cabinets certainly made a statement inside.