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Contemporary Home Architecture: A Quick Style Guide

As a leading provider of top-notch window and door replacement services, Renewal by Andersen® of Rapid City continues to give customers more reasons to enjoy their homes. Our impressive lineup of windows and doors has helped enhance various architectural home styles. Today’s blog post discusses the various elements present in a contemporary-style residential property.

About Contemporary Architecture

The concept of contemporary design is rooted right now or in the moment. In broader terms, though, it follows the idea of “less is more.” It is a complete 180-degree turn from the conventions of traditional decor, emphasizing strong lines and smooth forms. The two elements give this particular design style its energy.

Any room of a contemporary-style home is designed to bring in natural light, giving it an airy and expansive appearance. Unlike a traditional home, there is not much clutter to be seen in such a room, which means accessories must count.

Essential Style Elements

Homes that fall under the contemporary style often have an asymmetrical arrangement of intersecting block forms as the facade. Windows have narrow profiles with expansive glass, varying in size from simple rectangles to large floor-to-ceiling ones. This same appearance makes the sliding patio door a perfect fit in such homes.

Casement windows and picture windows are ideal for this style because they offer uninterrupted glass. Sliding windows are also a great fit given their narrow frames and ease of operation. As for doors, those in the main entrances are usually single doors. Those that connect the indoors and the terrace or patio would commonly be multiple doors in one unit, thus the sliding patio doors.

Renewal by Andersen of Rapid City aims to provide our customers with customizable units that fit perfectly in any home. With a wide array of exterior colors and interior finishes, it is easy for you to highlight the beauty of your windows and doors. We also have the strongest limited warranties so that you can rest assured your new units protect your home and family from the elements.

We are the local company for your windows, sliding doors, and French doors installation needs. Call (605) 341-7831 or fill out our contact form for a free in-home consultation. Our South Dakota service areas include Spearfish, SD, and surrounding areas.


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