Kitchens : Sleek with clean lines are still on trend for your modern home plans when it comes to kitchens, maximising storage and creating a great flow of the kitchen to the dining area are still also key, however smaller butlers pantries are becoming more popular allowing you open storage and a second preparation area whilst also being able to close it off of the main kitchen area when entertaining.
If you are looking at building a family home for example, then storage space for recreational gear such as bikes, boats and tents should be considered, as should backyard space for outdoor activities.
Exposed wooden or steel beams, flat roofs with large overhangs, and split levels to take advantage of the terrain, are also common accents associated with the contemporary style.
Plan ahead and know what you want. If you take the time to look at different modern home plans, you will have a much better idea of what you can expect from your designer. Once you know what you want, you can find a professional that fits your style and demands.