Mid-century modernism was chosen as one of Builder’s Top 10 Design Trends of 2011. These four plans show the influence of modernism with their clean lines and open layouts, while staying affordable with modest square footage.

Great Outdoor Living

All three bedrooms step out to the wrapping terrace of this fun design. Inside, an amazingly open layout is anchored by a unique three-sided fireplace. The main living area is hexagonal for abundant natural light and views from every angle. Further back, by the main entrance, the galley kitchen has a window over the sink and a pantry. Sleeping wings branch off from the main hexagon for maximum privacy. On the right, the master wing offers a full bath with separate powder room, dual closets, and access to the terrace. Two secondary bedrooms, one quite large, share a hall bath in the left wing. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Lots of Light

The attention-grabbing exterior, bright open layout, and main-level master suite combine to make this an appealingly modern choice. The office, which features built-ins, offers privacy near the front of the plan. Clerestory windows bring in light above the living room, while upstairs, two additional spacious bedrooms are endowed with a wide deck. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.