Modern Colonial House Design & Construction

Southern SHores, NC

Welcome to the Kelly’s Residence, a breathtaking Modern Colonial new construction home designed and built by Premiere Contracting, Inc. Completed in 2022, this Outer Banks home fuses modern aesthetics with timeless colonial charm. 

Let’s take a closer look at the custom home plan we designed and executed with meticulous attention to detail.

What is a Modern Colonial house?

Modern Colonial houses are built in a style that showcases the architecture of the U.S. Colonial period while seamlessly blending modern features and amenities. Modern colonial homes are typically designed to comfortably serve as primary family residences.

Modern colonial home designs are a great option for custom home construction as they make the perfect starting point for tailored home features. The rectangular base shape of the structure with flat, two-story exterior walls, a gabled roof, and an even amount of spacious windows offers a classic foundation that updates the traditional essence of colonial aesthetics.

Modern Colonial Home Floor Plan Design

Modern Colonial floor plans are a carefully orchestrated blend of traditional architectural elements and contemporary design principles. The floor plan designs often embrace symmetry, mirroring the classic aesthetics of traditional Colonial homes. A balanced arrangement of windows, doors, and architectural elements on the exterior contributes to a sense of order and timelessness.

By honoring the architectural traditions of the past while embracing the practicalities and preferences of modern lifestyles, resulting in homes that are both timeless and functional.

Modern Colonial Interior Design

The interior of a Modern Colonial home design is a captivating blend of classic charm and contemporary comfort.

Here are some common features found in our Modern Colonial interior: 

  • Neutral Color Palette
  • Abundant Natural Light
  • Open Floor Plans & Lounge Areas
  • Welcoming Grand Entrance / Foyer
  • Elegant Trim Work & Custom Cabinetry
  • Functional Kitchen Design
  • Luxurious Bedrooms & Bathrooms
  • Traditional Furniture with a Modern Twist

traditional grand foyer with a modern elevator

Upon entering the Kelly Residence, guests are greeted by a traditional grand foyer that sets the tone for the entire Modern Colonial residence. The entryway is meticulously crafted to evoke a sense of warmth and hospitality, with a carefully placed central staircase nodding to colonial traditions.

Traditional furnishings take center stage, exemplified by the presence of a stately Grandfather Clock. This classic piece not only adds a touch of nostalgia but also serves as a nod to colonial heritage, anchoring the foyer with a sense of history and refinement.

Yet, in a testament to the home’s commitment to inclusivity and modern living, the grandeur of tradition meets the practicality of innovation. The foyer showcases a highly advanced central elevator system, ensuring accessibility for all residents and guests by integrating modern conveniences that make every corner of this home welcoming to all.

kitchen design with custom cabinetry

The heart of a Modern Colonial home is the kitchen. In the Kelly Residence, the kitchen design with custom cabinetry is meant to be a central focus of the home, combining modern functionality with traditional charm.

State-of-the-art appliances seamlessly integrate with the neutral-colored cabinets and countertops. The dine-in kitchen island was carefully built to elevate the social aspect of the culinary experience with a touch of luxury.

The open layout promotes a sense of spaciousness through thoughtful design elements for ample storage to window placement and light fixtures, every material adds to the practicality and perfect balance between traditional functionality and modern appeal.

Living Room & lounge areas

Modern Colonial living requires a sprawling space for comfort and entertainment. Our design implements an open-concept living room to promote a sense of grandeur and emphasize the need for lounge areas to cater to the multifunctional needs of the modern family.

The layout of the living room is versatile, accommodating both intimate family gatherings and larger social events. The open floor plan throughout the bottom floor of the home ensures the interconnectedness between different areas of the home and enhances the flow of natural light.

Large, strategically placed windows, a hallmark of Modern Colonial living rooms, are used to invite ample sunlight into the space creating a bright and airy atmosphere. When combined with traditional patterns, classic color palettes, and colonial-inspired furniture like a winged-backed chair, the atmosphere of the space resonates with a sense of history and sophistication.

abundance of private bedrooms & bathrooms upstairs

The Modern Colonial home prioritizes convenience and privacy when it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms. In Kelly’s residence, the bathrooms are strategically located to give residents and guests easy access to the facilities they need.

In keeping with the tradition of Modern Colonial homes, most of the bedrooms and bathrooms are traditionally located upstairs, but there are facilities on the bottom floor. This architectural choice not only aligns with the historical precedent but also enhances the sense of privacy for the residents. Upstairs bedrooms create a distinct separation between public and private spaces, allowing for a more secluded and intimate atmosphere.

Bathrooms specifically in a Modern Colonial home are meant to exude grandeur. Elegant tile work, top-quality marble and granite countertops, and spacious walk-in showers contribute to the spa-like feel Modern Colonial design provides through comfort and style.

Modern Colonial House Exterior

The exterior of our Modern Colonial home exudes grandeur. The home has a stately facade with a welcoming entryway complete with a wrap-around covered porch and a beautifully landscaped lawn. 

The property is flanked by a high-quality white vinyl fence that provides privacy for the outdoor pool around the back. 

Other features of the exterior of the home include: 

  • Two Story Structure
  • Rectangular Shape
  • Gabled Roof (only triangles show on the side)
  • Symmetrical Windows
  • Centralized Front Door
  • Board-and-Batten Vinyl Siding
  • Well-Manicured Lawn with Vinyl Picket Fence
  • Carriage-style Garage Doors

Symmetrical Windows, Front Door, & Gabled Roof

Symmetry is incredibly important in modern colonial home design. The centrally-located front door is crowned with a columned portico with tall windows positioned on either side.

The home also features a sloping, medium-pitched roof with shingles. We added texture with board-and-batten siding along angled gabled for an eye-catching design. Not to mention the stand-out, ocean blue color creates a dramatic depth and visual appearance to the structure.

Enclosed Screen Porch and Sun Deck

One of the standout features of this home is the enclosed screened-in porch complete with a sun deck above. You can take in breathtaking views of the sound and ocean from here! 

The outdoor staircase leading away from the deck takes you down to the in-ground pool. There is also an enclosed outdoor shower just a few steps away.

The space provides a great space to relax, entertain, or simply appreciate the natural beauty of the Outer Banks!

carriage-style garage doors

The classic style of Colonial home design calls for a sophisticated garage door. We went for a more traditional look with Carriage-style doors with a row of windows along with the top.

The recessed panels and wood trim compliments the symmetry of the house. Additionally, each garage door has its light fixture. We opted for lanterns with light bulbs that flicker like flames to really add to that old-world charm.

White Vinyl picket Fence

 White vinyl picket fences are always a classic! Vinyl fencing offers a similar appearance to wood but is a much less expensive material that requires less maintenance and is able to withstand coastal environments.

Symmetry comes into play again as pickets are spaced evenly, with a gap between each, along the entire length of each fence. Even though the lot is not a perfect square and uses pilings to even out the space, the fence gives the illusion of equilibrium.

Images by Cory Godwin Productions and Jonathan Clark.

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