Contemporary Style Architecture

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Contemporary is an overall feel to a home’s style, and not a stand-alone style by itself.  For example, a Ranch is a stand-alone style of home, and within the Ranch style there are Contemporary Ranches and Traditional Ranches. Contemporary themed homes typically feature odd-sized and often tall windows, lack of ornamentation, and an unusual mixtures of wall materials – stone, brick, and wood – and were built primarily between 1950 – 1970. In Georgia, “”Contemporary”” is frequently interchanged with what architects refer to as Shed style, popular with architects in the 1960s and 1970s. These are typical in metro-Atlanta and feature multiple roofs sloping in different directions, which create multi-geometric shapes.  Native flagstone, cedar siding placed diagonally or vertically, recessed and downplayed front doorways, and a lack of windows on some exterior planes are common. There is virtually no symmetry to this style.

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Jon Effron is widely regarded as one of the leading Realtors in Atlanta, working with both buyers and sellers throughout the metro area to maximize their real estate investments. In 2014, Jon was the #1 individual agent at Keller Williams Intown, one of the largest brokerages in Intown Atlanta. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Jon was the Vice President of Development at Tujay Group, an Atlanta real estate development firm. His career pre-real estate included stints at, eGroups (now Yahoo! Groups) and Elite Traveler magazine, where he served as the Vice President of Marketing.