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First popularized during the decades between the 1920s and the 1970s, modern homes are often characterized by their flat roofs, minimal designs, and large glass walls. This architectural style was born in response to the over-the-top architecture of previous decades: modernist architects preferred simplicity. Homes with strong horizontal composition, large open floor plans, and cinematic asymmetry gradually became far more prevalent. Today, these homes can also be crafted with sustainable building practices and are often more energy-efficient.
We’ve compiled 50 contractors throughout the entire country, representing the best modern home builders in each state. These contractors were chosen based on merit, work history, affiliations, and previous projects. Several of these firms offer unique services and incorporate innovative solutions into their designs that they offer exclusively.
Philip Woods Home Builder
1102 20th St. S Suite B, Birmingham, AL 35205
Philip Woods Home Builder has been in the industry since 1993 and has secured a solid reputation for itself for its extensive range of services and designs. It maintains affiliations with organizations such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Alabama’s local Home Builders Association (HBA), and the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. Its portfolio displays a variety of different homes, most of which feature modern takes on otherwise classic themes. That approach might be best observed in its minimalist Mediterranean projects. With features in publications such as Veranda, Birmingham Home & Garden, Milieu, its work is often distinguished by its use of large floor-to-ceiling windows, neutral color palettes, and the incorporation of industrial elements and straight lines.
Take a good look at the chosen project below, for instance. Inside, this home features seamless paneled cabinetry, sleek furniture, and a large wall-like fireplace. Its master bedroom is a minimalist haven. This home also features numerous nooks perfect for entertainment. One noteworthy space includes a small area where one of its glass walls meet, creating a perfect area for its homeowner’s grand piano.
7700 Hillside Way, Anchorage, AK 99516
Headquartered in Anchorage, Hawkinson Construction specializes in luxury home construction and has been in business since 1968. The firm is family-owned and, in addition to its residential work, ventures into the commercial industry from time to time. The firm is comprised of a team of highly-skilled, experienced professionals and also takes on large-scale remodeling projects. Its process emphasizes the importance of maintaining open lines of communication with its clients. The firm also assists with working on budgets and commits itself to ensure that its client’s lifestyles and needs are reflected in their new homes. The firm’s portfolio depicts a variety of several modern homes, all crafted with the unique Alaskan environment in mind.
For the home we’re featuring here, the firm’s team made use of large floor-to-ceiling windows and entryways coupled with a wooden exterior. The firm also opted for a recurring theme of straight lines, something that will be a commonality for almost every project on this list, as well as a flat roof. Several unique fixtures were also used to complement the ambient light that streams into the home.
6607 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite H-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Camelot Homes is an award-winning firm with over five decades of industry experience. Unlike most of the builders in its area, the firm is a native Arizona builder, now in its third generation of builders. Aside from its luxurious custom modern homes, the firm is also known for its communities. These said neighborhoods adhere to particular themes set for them and best showcases the firm’s excellent command of a variety of architectural themes. Its modern work, however, may best be seen in its portfolio for the “Adero Villas.” In this particular community, the firm often works with homes with large patios complete with spectacular mountain views, beautiful and seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor spaces, and open great rooms. Some also come with ceilings as high as 12 feet, master kitchens, and spa-like baths. Such is the case for the featured project below.
Camelot has been recognized for excellence numerous times. Its most notable accolades include “Builder of the Year” from the HBA of Central Arizona and several Gold Nugget Awards in various categories including “Home of the Year.” The firm also maintains affiliations with organizations such as the NAHB and it has also been featured in magazines like Ranking Arizona.
GB Group Construction
885 W Henri De Tonti Blvd. Suite #2, Springdale, AR 72762
Hailed as one of Northwest Arkansas’s premier custom home builders, GB Group Construction is an expert in both modern and craftsman designs. The firm has been in the industry since 2009 and has collaborated with some of the area’s best architects and designers. It is led by founder Jacob Tankersley and he adheres closely to the principle of crafting premier custom homes that are energy-efficient and highly functional. He has overseen and managed the construction of over 150 residential homes over the past two decades. With the aid of his vision, the firm has also been featured in publications like Retrofit Magazine, Northwest Arkansas Citiscapes, and AY Arkansas Lifestyle. The firm is also a Certified Green Professional and maintains affiliations with vital organizations like the US Green Building Council.
The firm’s portfolio displays a variety of modern homes that are often distinguished by the firm’s ability to infuse different elements not typically seen in modern designs. We think the project above, is an especially good example. From unique windows and wooden slate exteriors, this home is the incorporation of minimalist art deco elements and modern architecture.
612 York St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Marmol Radziner uses a design-build approach: the firm handles every phase of construction from start to finish and offers a full range of architecture, construction, landscape, and interior services. Founded in 1989, Marmol Radziner is best known for its innovative designs and excellence in applying construction standards. Given that it provides interior design services, the firm has its very own team of in-house designers and master craftsmen ensuring the high level of personalization that comes with each of its projects. Adhering to the traditional “master builder” process, the firm is currently comprised of over 200 people and takes on not only single-family homes but also restoration, prefab, retail, office, and hospitality projects. Its work has seen the likes of publications such as the Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Town & Country. It is also the proud recipient of numerous distinctions, and the project we’ve chosen to showcase here is some of its best work.
This home won the firm a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architect (AIA) California’s Design Awards. Located in Los Angeles, this home sits between a canyon road and a hillside somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains. The firm was tasked with skillfully following the slope of the land, placing the home’s eastern area floating just three feet above the canyon floor. The home was constructed with a façade of brick and metal panels, coupled with large glass windows and entrances.
2551 Dolores Way, Carbondale, CO 81623
Headquartered in Carbondale, Koru was founded on a simple principle of crafting innovative designs that have resulted in some of the area’s most distinctive work. The firm has been servicing Colorado since 2005 and has secured a reputation for itself for its excellent modern homes. The firm is led by Antony Cullwick, and the firm has been recognized multiple times, including by the AIA of Colorado. Koru uses a highly collaborative approach and is known for its strong leadership. The firm works closely with each specific subcontractor and designer a client may ask for throughout the entirety of the process. As a result, the firm has built lasting relationships with some of the area’s best craftsmen. The firm is known for its ability to deliver its projects within the agreed-upon timeframe and budget.
This home is a prime example of the firm’s expertise for modern architecture. With the surrounding environment in mind, this home was built in the style of classic Colorado mountain homes, but its design also incorporates several hints of industrial elements and has a unique den visible from the outside.
BPC Green Builders
523 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897
As its name implies, BPC Green Builders is best known for its high-performance green homes that have won the firm numerous awards through the years. The firm maintains affiliations with important green building organizations such as the Passive House Institute (PHI) and EnergyStar in addition to several other certifications. This emphasis on green building is vital because modern homes are not only defined by their designs and adherence to minimalistic themes but their ability to conserve energy, their use of sustainable materials, and their indoor air quality. All of these elements are present in the firm’s projects, which has led to it being distinguished with several awards throughout the years, including multiple National Housing Innovation Awards. And one of its renovation projects was recognized with a LEED Silver certification in 2015.
The chosen project features two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is located on a lightly wooded lot in a neighborhood noted for its selection of modern and contemporary homes. Inside, this home features custom kitchen cabinetry, high ceiling living areas, and a master bathroom. It also has large windows overlooking the home’s wonderful landscaping. As for its green elements, this project has insulated concrete forms used for frost walls, a ducted air-source to pump heat and cool the entire house, and a propane-fired water heater.
Marnie Custom Homes
33298 Coastal Hwy. Suite #3, Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Given that Delaware sits on a peninsula overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, homes here often employ coastal designs. Most firms in the area that construct modern takes of these classic designs. This pleasing fusion can be observed in the featured project below. Using a neutral color palette, this home features paneled exteriors and several large windows. Inside, a recurring minimalist theme has also been The firm behind this project, Marnie Custom Homes, is no stranger to completing highly personalized luxury work. The firm is led by its namesake Marnie Oursler, the host of the DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds” and HGTV’s “Dream Home.” She also has experience in the real estate industry and under her supervision, the firm has gone on to become an award-winning company.
Some of the firm’s most notable accomplishments include being featured in publications such as The Washington Post and Forbes. The firm has also been covered by magazines like Coastal Living and Home & Design, which both praised the firm’s work. The firm has also been featured on “The Today Show” and on ABC News.
Josh Wynne Construction
1925 Barber Rd., Sarasota, FL 34240
Josh Wynne Construction is the by-product of its founder and namesake’s goal of contributing to the design and environmental needs of his area’s residential scene. At the time of the firm’s inception, Florida’s highly popularized “Cracker Home” design was out of circulation along with the once in-demand mid-century ranches. In response, he would work on crafting Florida’s first LEED Platinum-certified home with the highest rating in the world at the time of its creation in 2008. This is only one of the firm’s many distinctions. With Wynne’s hands-on approach, the firm has received over a hundred Aurora Awards from the Southeastern Building Conference, as well as a number of other distinctions. Wynne himself primarily describes the firm’s process as highly collaborative and assures each of its clients that he and his team take extra measures to further understand their wants and needs.
The firm adheres to the toughest and most stringent residential sustainability programs, making its homes equipped with all the qualities of a sustainable home from low maintenance systems to consistent temperatures in each room. The featured project, dubbed the “Lido Deck Haus,” was crafted with the owners’ desire for their own private resort in mind. Given that the lot has wonderful unobstructed views of Gulf beach, this dream was made possible by crafting several observation decks.
620 Peachtree St. NE #106, Atlanta, GA 30308
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Cablik Enterprises has strong ties with some of the metro area’s best subcontractors and craftsmen. It was founded by local Alan Cablik, who has personally witnessed the growth of the real estate and construction landscape in the area. Due to his deep understanding of the city’s past and present environment, Cablik is able to oversee the firm’s projects with the benefit of experience. With the aid of this vision, the company commits itself to work on not only the latest modern and contemporary designs, but also with the industry’s leading technology. The firm goes the extra mile by using only top-of-the-line sustainability methods and materials and has established itself as one of Georgia’s leaders in the green building movement. As a matter of fact, it has been distinguished with several OBIE and Chrysalis Awards. The firm has also had its work featured in publications such as ULI Magazine, Trends, and Jezebel. Calbik has also managed to make it into television through a feature on an episode of HGTV’s “Million Dollar Rooms” in 2012.
The firm’s portfolio is primarily comprised of modern residential dwellings, in addition to a few commercial projects. Its craftsmanship is best exhibited by the project displayed above. Awarded with a Gold OBIE Award and featured on the 2013 Modern Atlanta Home Tour, this project was built with Cablik’s Earthcraft standards, all of which are present in its projects and provides sound construction techniques and increased energy efficiency. Inside, this home features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, an open living and dining area, and a spacious backyard. Currently, the firm is wrapping up phase one of construction on a 17-unit townhome project in Chamblee. Called “The Bristol,” the project is set to be a part of this year’s upcoming Modern Architecture Home Tour. its features include designer kitchens complete with modern cabinets and quartz countertops, elegant master suites, and several energy-efficient elements.
Longhouse Design + Build
Alakea Corporate Tower 1100 Alakea St. 3rd Flr. Atrium, Honolulu, HI 96813
Longhouse Design + Build is the combination of the skills of two firms: Long & Associates Architects and Interiors and Longhouse Development. Now headquartered in Honolulu, this multi-disciplinary firm uses a design-build approach and has been recognized as one of Hawaii’s best custom luxury home contractors. It has secured a solid reputation for itself for its team of experienced architects, interior designers, and builders. The firm has several LEED accredited professionals in its lineup, making it equipped for any specific green building needs a client may have. Both the firm’s design and construction departments offer an extensive range of services and are able to assist throughout the entire process from site planning and code reviews to 3D modeling input and material reviewing.
At the firm’s helm is Jeffrey Long, a licensed architect who personally oversees the design and construction of every project the firm takes on. He has supervised the construction of over 150 homes since the firm’s inception and has led the firm to be featured on HGTV and “Epic Beach Homes.” He maintains affiliations with vital industry organizations such as the AIA, American Society of Interior Design (ASID), and the Building Industry Association (BIA).
Tradewinds General Contracting
9165 W State St., Garden City, ID 83714
Tradewinds General Contracting has been incorporating green building practices in all of its projects for the past four decades. It offers both residential and commercial construction services, and it specializes in an extensive range of designs. The firm has built many bungalows, modern homes, Cape Cod themed houses and Mediterranean-inspired estates. It has been recognized as Local Builder of the Year, State Builder of the Year, and State Company of the Year on three separate occasions in addition to its long list of Parade of Homes accolades. In its modern projects, the firm’s work is often distinguished by its preference for L-shapes and flat roofs.