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Contemporary Design Style is often defined by clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors and elements and materials inspired by nature.  While modern interiors have been considered cold and minimalist, today’s contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered or dark.  This style can be used in homes, apartments, stores and offices.

Owings Brothers Contracting is a contemporary style homes contractor that is renowned for award-winning designs and modern remodeling in Maryland. Call us now to get started on your project.

Modern sunroom with fireplace
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Modern kitchen with large island bar
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contemporary condo interior designA rule of thumb would be, less is more!  Basics, bare, bold and structural, nothing cute and small and stay away from excessive details and floral or busy prints.  Let furniture and accessories make a bold statement.  Choose a favorite piece that will stand out and your favorite color with a neutral background.   The flooring should be wood, tile or vinyl, smooth and bare, but if you need to add carpet for sound reduction or warmth choose a geometric patterned rug.

Contemporary homes many times have an unusually shaped frame, an open floor plan, over-sized windows, and use re-purposed components.   The use of natural light also plays a big role, so large and expansive windows are a common feature of such homes and the design tends to fit into the surrounding landscape. The elements that characterized modern architecture were thought to be too cold and impersonal by many.  The contemporary style, as is recognized today, was developed due to this opinion.  Much like the modern style, contemporary style connects indoor and outdoor spaces, but it adds some personal touches and warmth throughout the living space. Although people sometimes use the terms “contemporary” and “modern” architecture interchangeably, they technically are not synonymous.  Modern architecture refers to the building style of the early to mid-20th century and featured clean lines with an emphasis on function.

Modern living room interior
Modern bathroom design
Modern kitchen design
Modern living room interior
Modern bathroom design
Modern kitchen design
Contemporary/Modern architecture often seeks to take old buildings and structures and reuse them in innovative and fresh ways. This might entail extensive renovations that dramatically change the look, layout, or function of the space. This style often ties easily to work by previous architects and designers.  This is especially true, since it often uses fairly traditional materials, such as steel and concrete.

Bill Sasser
Bill Sasser
11:11 20 May 20
I highly recommend Owings Brothers. They did a major remodel to our house and we couldn’t be happier. The work is top notch and they put our satisfaction at the top of the list. The staff is very friendly and helpful at making the 1000 decisions along the way.read more
Gregory Jarosinski
Gregory Jarosinski
14:24 06 Mar 20
Owings Brothers did an excellent job building my screened in porch. They are very responsive to customers needs and requests.read more
Paul Geraty
Paul Geraty
15:46 28 Feb 20
The Owings Brothers Contracting team did an outstanding job on our exterior home project despite numerous obstacles including, rain, ice, and the unexpected loss of electricity. I would highly recommend them!read more
Blair Kennard
Blair Kennard
13:25 22 Jun 19
We have worked with Owings Brothers on two large projects on two different homes. The quality of the work, attention to detail, and true caring that we are happy with the finished product are all second to none. And they are a pleasure to work with from the brothers to the office to the project lead and all the subs. You can't go wrong with them!read more
Myra Zerwitz
Myra Zerwitz
15:34 19 Apr 19
As an older couple, we needed a total conversion of our master bathroom into a handicapped accessible bathroom. From our first meeting, we knew we were dealing with total professionals. Our work started on the date stated and completed on the date stated. Each and every tradesman was accomplished, efficient and very kind. All our questions and concerns were addressed quickly. Our bathroom is functional and stunning. We are so glad we chose Owings.read more
John Blake
John Blake
15:27 21 Jan 19
My wife and I used Owings Brothers for several projects over the past six years. Initially, we interviewed 4 different contractors. Owings Brothers was the clear winner then and remains so. We no longer seek other bids. Their work goes beyond quality to true craftsmanship. They transformed our kitchen into a thing of beauty. Most recently, they remodeled one of our bathrooms. What was once old and drab is now shiny, beautiful, and very functional. We have at at least three more projects lined up for them in coming years. In addition to quality work, they have relationships with the top vendors for granite, tile, cabinets, and appliances. When a neighbor asked for our recommendation, we provided Joe Smith's number and email address at Owings Brothers. We would not consider using anyone else. They are like family.read more
Jon Desi
Jon Desi
15:41 05 Dec 18
We have had Owings Brothers perform three major projects for us. We have always been very pleased with their work. Their professionalism, planning, communication, and work quality is top notch. They may be more expensive that other contractors but we always use them because of this.read more
Karen Trimmer
Karen Trimmer
17:33 02 Sep 18
We interviewed about a dozen contractors and firms to do our first floor and kitchen renovation in Silver Spring, MD. Owings Brothers was by far the most efficient, resourceful and transparent. We could not have made a better decision and intend to use them again for future projects. Owings Brothers uses a program called Co-Construct that allows you to keep tabs on the job from an app on your phone and a portal website through a browser on your computer. Everyone in their company is trained on using Co-Construct and all activity, purchasing, financials and progress is documented through this application. The foreman loads daily photographs of the work and all questions are answered through the app, so anyone participating in your project can see the documentation. You never have to wait for a response from the company and you can always log on to check on all activity with your account. Owings Brothers supplements this digital communication with a prompt text, email or phone call whenever needed. Our job took about 3 months and was completed on time. John, our foreman was exceptional. He communicated with us clearly, anticipated problems, kept his tradesmen on task and on schedule. His craftsmanship was great and he always left our house as clean and tidy as possible at the end of the work day. Once we got into the mindset of undergoing construction, it was as pleasant a situation as possible. John oversaw the job with obvious skill and knowledge. Also, Owings Brothers provides a warranty on all their work. This causes them to do it right the first time. If not, they’ll come out to tend to any repairs. Doing your homework and interviewing multiple firms will allow you to see how exceptional Owings Brothers Construction is.read more
Marty Jenoff
Marty Jenoff
22:16 26 Mar 18
I've worked with all of the Owings Brothers leadership, and I've found all of them to be extremely kind, honest, and talented individuals. The truly love what they do and are committed to delivered a great finished product.read more
Christina Jimenez
Christina Jimenez
15:04 19 Dec 17
Very efficient and thorough!!
Jan T
Jan T
14:04 19 Jan 17
Lee Kiessling
Lee Kiessling
21:22 04 Jun 16
From start to finish, our custom new home built by Owings Brothers Contracting, was done with great care and expertise. From the design phase, through the building process, our project manager, and each subcontractor carefully consulted one another, and us, to make sure each phase was done with excellence, and openness in communication and workmanship. As a family business, an atmosphere of open dialogue created flexibility within our floor plan, as well as careful progress planning each month during construction. Even as the job is completed now, we still experience careful followup of any additional changes or alterations, as necessary. The overall experience has been outstanding and my wife and I are grateful for such a beautiful and practical home. Thank you Owings Brothers!read more
Susan Hawkins
Susan Hawkins
20:02 24 Mar 16
They built a beautiful custom home for us this year. Everything went better than expected and everyone that visits remarks at the wonderful attention to detail, from the custom trim to the paint job to the detailed craftsmanship with built-ins. We would recommend Owings Brothers Contracting without reservation.read more