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Contemporary Designs Starting to Gain Ground

It’s nothing that will set the world of modern architecture on fire.

But there’s an ever-so-subtle shift toward modern design in San Antonio’s luxury home market, and away from the Tuscan and Mediterranean look that had become so omnipresent in higher-end neighborhoods.

Call it “transitional.”

Even several of the homes under construction now for the Greater San Antonio Builders Association’s Parade of Homes in May are going with a cleaner, more contemporary look.

Luxury real estate agent Jason Glast said the more modern look has become a way to stand out in a sea of Mediterranean influence.

“If everything is the exact same, it’s really hard to distinguish yourself except in price,” he said. “People are spending a tremendous amount of money, and they want something different.”

The look

Architect Roy Braswell said he loves contemporary architecture, although most of his clients are afraid to take it too far.

“People have a hard time with ultra-contemporary. You can picture a house in Beverly Hills with flat roofs and an international style,” he said.

He gets request for something in between, a more eclectic look with some traditional details that are “kind of cleaned up.”

“I get people saying, ‘I want a transitional style,’” Braswell said. “I hate that word because I don’t know what it means, but at least it’s not ultra-cold. There’s more natural material. It’s not devoid of ornament necessarily.”

And Braswell thinks that younger generations of homebuyers have a greater affinity for a modern style.

“They have a more contemporary mindset,” Braswell said. “The green movement is influencing things. I think doing less is more. There’s less maintenance.

“And when you do classical architecture, to do it properly can be expensive. People want to do things that are more authentic.”

Now that people can see homes from around the world on the Internet and not just in a design book, they’re exposed to more styles. Braswell also thinks that more people are open to designing a home specifically for a site.

“In their mind, people picture a Georgian house with a traditional floor plan. There’s a staircase when you walk in and a living room on one side and a dining room on the other,” he said. “Instead, you’re trying to make the floor plan work off of the site issues, using decent materials and big overhangs to protect the walls.” Read More

Source: Posted on 03/16/2012 by Jennifer Hiller at mySA