home style Lindal Modern

At Lindal, we’re always finding new ways to express the best in modern residential style. Our approach to contemporary homes includes clean lines and lower-pitched roof profiles. Our modern prefab homes make a strong architectural statement with flexible and highly functional interior spaces.

A Wide Selection of Modern House Plans

We have hundreds of ultra modern house plans to choose from. Our contemporary home designs range from small house plans to farmhouse styles, traditional-looking homes with high-pitched roofs, craftsman homes, cottages for waterfront lots, mid-century modern homes with clean lines and butterfly roofs, one-level ranch homes, and country home styles with a modern feel. Our modern house plans offer popular features such as master bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom, accessory dwelling units above the garage, and open floor plans with space-filled great rooms and walls of glass to let the outside in.

Modify any Modern Home Style

Choose a house plan with the bedrooms on the lower level for aging in place, or opt for a band of clerestory windows just below the roof-line to let the light in, yet still allow for privacy. Our designs offer great flexibility in terms of square footage, size, and price. We can help you build a small home on a narrow urban infill lot or a large home on a multi-acre property with panoramic views. Your choice of siding includes our signature Western red cedar or log home look. However, we also provide any number of other siding options, such as hardie board, steel, or Allura siding (which is ideal for use in high fire risk areas). You may also mix and match several siding options. Our modern house plan collections include designs from the Lindal Architects Collaborative, as well as designs by Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architect graduates, created especially for Lindal with the support of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Our Lindal Modern Homes are system-built beauties, complete with our signature walls of glass and sleek lines, and backed by our industry-exclusive Lifetime Structural Warranty. Designed to build on any site and engineered to stand up to all manner of climate conditions. You’ll love life in your Lindal modern home.

Read this blog about our accessory dwelling units.

Read about Five Modern Home Designs You Will Love

Architect-Designed Modern Homes

Lindal Cedar Homes is a leader in the field of modern house plans and custom residential design. It is the only company in the industry to offer a Lifetime Structural Warranty on every Lindal home built. Lindal’s wide range of efficient designs are adaptable to a clients’ personal needs. Through the Lindal Architects Collaborative and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Lindal partners with leading architects and designers to develop and design ultra modern house plans. Lindal homes have been profiled in publications including Dwell magazine, InhabitatSeattle TimesForbes, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Working with your independent Lindal representative ensures that you receive personal, hands-on attention through every stage of the process, from design through completion of your contemporary house.

Cedar Contemporary Homes

Cedar is in our name, and it’s one of the materials we work with most (we also offer many other options for siding, interiors, etc.). Cedar has some unique qualities that make it an ideal building material for both classic and contemporary homes. Read more about the benefits of building with cedar >>

5 Modern House Styles You Will Love

These ‘Kit Homes’ Stand Out With Unusual Details

From Truly Tiny Backyard Cottages to a Stunning Mansion with Walls of Glass and a Butterfly Roof

In 2009 Lindal Cedar Homes expanded its design range with a new line of modern home designs. These luxury kit homes are built from premium materials and pre-cut at Lindal’s factory. The components are then loaded into containers and delivered to build sites across North America. The post-and-beam structure allows for open floor plans, high ceilings, and walls of glass with panoramic views. Take a look at these five contemporary homes, each with its own unique style.

1. A Pre-Cut, Energy-Efficient Cedar Home


The Seafoam is a 2,000 square-foot design created by joining five simple elements.

walls of glass are features in Lindal's modern prefab homesWalls of glass provide sweeping views of the forest, lake, and nearby mountain range.

EL_Seafoam_2010_70670-7On the main level, the open floor plan includes zones for eating, cooking, and relaxing.

The master bedroom is housed in a loft on the second floor. A glass railing looks down over the lower communal areas and keeps the upstairs airy and light.  See more images, information, and the floor plans.

This house is featured on the cover and in the book “Prefabulous Small Houses,” published by Taunton Press and written by Sheri Koones.

2. Butterfly Roof House with Private Apartment

Elements Cascade 2493 Modern Home with Studio ADU

This elegant modern home packs more into its 2,500 square feet than you’d expect. The butterfly roof, with its opposite-sloped pitches, adds light, loft, and a mid-century-modern vibe. The view side of the home features glass doors opening to the outside on both floors and a row of clerestory windows on the main floor for additional light penetration.

Cascade 2493 Modern Home Studio Interior 2The 484 square foot, self-contained studio above the garage has a separate entrance and glass-railed deck. It can be used as a rental space, guest apartment, or for multigenerational living. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Featured on cover of Elements Plan Book Vol. 6.

Lindal Dealer: Harding Homes, British Columbia

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3. Ski Resort Getaway


This contemporary home, located at the base of a ski run in Crested Butte, Colorado, is the perfect getaway for a family of winter sports enthusiasts.

Header_41359-3Built with pre-weathered siding and reclaimed wood elements, it’s a customized, expanded version of one of Lindal’s most popular modern home designs: The Cedar 1148.

The living room offers a sweeping view of the mountains.

EL_Custom_41359-21A sleeping loft easily accommodates guests.

EL_Custom_41359-17Wouldn’t you love to have this view from your kitchen window?

Lindal Dealer: Majestic Peaks, Colorado

4. Small Homes & Backyard Cottages


Cities across the U.S. are easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units (ADUs), allowing homeowners to construct backyard cottages. Lindal’s prefab building system is ideally suited to these efficient units, which can start at under 500 square feet. These cute side-by-side studios in Berkshire, Mass., were built as writer’s retreats.

EL_41422-6The kitchen and living room are located in one of the studios. Clerestory windows wrap around the structure, filling it with natural sunlight.

EL_41422-11The second studio contains the sleeping quarters and a working desk with a picturesque view of the rolling hills beyond. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Lindal Dealer: Berkshire Custom Cedar Homes, Massachusetts

5. A Marriage of Form & Function


This stunning luxury home by Turkel Design for Lindal celebrates the marriage of form and function in contemporary home designs.

The inclined butterfly roof provides shade and shelter, channels out unwanted hot air and collects its own rainwater. The roof’s slope enhances the modern aesthetic of this architect-designed home.

Turkel_Design_Custom_70721-6A massive sliding door ‘disappears’ into the wall; blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living.

Prefab_8_70721Soft green couches add a welcome pop of color and whimsy to the neutral shades of the floors, walls and furnishings. See more images, information, and the floor plans.

Read about a Turkel Design for Lindal home built on an urban infill lot.

Lindal Dealer: Prairie Cedar Homes, Saskatoon and Calgary, Canada

Sheri Koones Features Lindal in Books on Prefab Floor Plans and Home Designs

A Lindal Elements home on British Columbia’s sunshine coast graces the cover of Sheri Koones’ new book, Prefabulous Small Houses, published by Taunton Press (September 2016). Koones chose the modern prefab home because of its attractive contemporary style, energy-efficient features, and modest size — just over 2,000 square feet.

Modern prefab home by Lindal Elements

Q&A on the Modern Prefab Home with Sheri Koones

walls of glass are features in Lindal's modern prefab homesLCH: Why prefab?
Koones: Prefab construction is the future of home construction for all the obvious reasons. It saves time, money and is more predictable. You already know in advance what you’re going to get; there are no surprises, no delays because of weather and extremes in temperature.. Prefab houses are built more efficiently and with less waste. Today, about 5% of new homes are prefabricated. There’s a growing interest in prefab, although a bias still exists, thinking of prefab as doublewides. Many people also still think of prefabs as just modular construction, although there are many ways to construct prefab houses, such as Lindal’s method. I’ve been writing about prefab construction for a long time. My books have evolved over the years to focus more and more on energy efficiency and smaller homes. Smaller is greener; with less waste, and recycling of much of the material site builders throw in dumpsters. With prefab, you’re saving materials as well as energy. In general it’s a much better idea to be building prefab houses.

LCH: How has prefab evolved over the years?
The sophistication of the houses has grown from the time I wrote my first book in 2002. The original prefabs were very simple and boxy, the newer prefabs are much more interesting and efficient. As the prefab industry has become more sophisticated over time, so has the customer that is opting for a prefab home.

LCH: To what demographic does prefab appeal?
It’s a broad range, from young people and first time home buyers to empty nesters who want to downsize.
Building small houses is a very hot topic and many people are intrigued by the whole concept. Prefab also tends to be particularly popular in the Pacific Northwest, where people are very energy conscious and interested in sustainable building and living.

cl_40101p1_green_1000pxLCH: What are the green benefits of prefab?
Prefab houses are more environmentally friendly than houses built entirely on site. In traditional construction there’s a lot more waste, and all of the debris will go to a landfill and the homeowners will pay for all of those materials. In a factory, much of those materials will be recycled.
Building green is an advantage on a personal level – adding resale value, saving money on energy, and making the house more comfortable.

LCH: What kinds of prefab homes are featured in your book?
The book profiles 32 houses and all different types of prefab: Modulars, SIPs — structural insulated panels that are fused together with rigid foam in between — panelized, unique construction, a new type of prefab concrete walls. I select the houses very carefully and only include those that are really efficient and attractive.

Halcyon Hill home specifications and floor plans are available in the Lindal Elements Portfolio plan book, Volume 5 (pages 62-65). Purchase a hard copy, or view as an ebook (free with registration).

Lindal’s post-and-beam modern prefab homes have walls of glass and spacious interiors that reflect the easy, open style of contemporary living. Lindal partners with American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program to plant 25 trees for every home built.

Lindal homes are featured in several of Koones’ previous books:

Koones wrote about the Green Retreat house in “Prefabulous + Almost Off The Grid”, 2012 (pictured above). It was the first green-certified home ever built in Washington State.

The Far Horizon Reflection Home (pictured below) in Koones’ 2007 book, “Prefabulous”, was designed for Lindal by renowned Pacific Northwest architect Jim Cutler. Cutler also designed the 66,000 square-foot estate of Microsoft founder Bill Gates in Medina, Wash.

Classic Lindal Home by architect Jim Cutler

Learn More:

Sign up for our webinar on modern home designs.

Plan your dream home: Learn more about The Lindal Process.

Buy a copy of our Modern Home Design Plan Book.

View our entire selection of Home Design Plan Books free online.

~Written by Josefin Kannin

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