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The Contemporary Style reflects several major home trends of the first half of the 20th Century. But it returned to fashion in the 1960s and 1970s for its sharp lines, skylights, rich wood detailing, and angular appeal. Interiors often featured Craftsman-style lighting and fine woodwork, while exteriors ran the gamut from natural wood or brick, to stucco and siding treatments.

Found all across the country, Contemporary Style homes are not ornamental in design, but are far from bland. Sharp angles, large windows, gleaming metal and wood shapes frame the home with charm and just the right touch of invention. In reflecting the nation's growing attachment to the automobile, the Contemporary Style home often located the garage at the front of the house. If there is ornamentation, it's kept simple and typically accents vertical lines. The model has proven so successful and cost-effective for builders that the home is still being constructed across the country.

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