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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