Modern & Contemporary Home Designs by Topsider Homes

Topsider Homes has been well-known for unique modern and contemporary home designs since the late-1960s.  Our client’s homes range in size from small house plans under 500 sq. ft. to large luxury homes approaching 20,000 sq. ft. They have been built in locations from Hawaii to the Florida Keys in the US and throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean, South Pacific and Europe.  Equally adaptable to flat or severely sloping terrain, tropical or arctic environments, Topsider’s flexible prefab home building system is limited only by one’s imagination.

Unique Contemporary House Plans

Sequestered in New York

The central element of Topsider’s building system is a multi-sided geometric structure with a low-pitch roof, supported by our unique Post & Beam structural framework.  This basic geometry lends itself to a modern or contemporary architectural style. And because of the flexibility of this building approach, an endless number of design arrangements and adaptations with clean lines and modern home style angularity are possible.

Because there are no interior loadbearing walls and all interior spaces can potentially have vaulted ceilings, beautiful exposed beams, and walls with generous-sized windows, Topsider home’s interiors are naturally open and voluminous, allowing for interior design and décor to meet virtually any style. 

Contemporary Home Interior Post & Beam Custom Design


Contemporary Style Prefabricated Pedestal Home Building

This contemporary home was built hanging over a steep mountain-side. By combining slab and pedestal house foundations, this design features magnificent panoramic views. 

With Topsider’s prefab home building system, high quality building components can be quickly and efficiently assembled even on very compact and challenging building sites like this.

Modern Home Kitchen Design

This contemporary kitchen design is simple and efficient yet sleek and elegant with a high open ceiling, granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

Interior Architecture Contemporary Design Foyer with Skylights

Perfectly placed sky-lights in the foyer are just one of the many great features of this home.

Contemporary Homes Interior Floor-to-Ceiling Window Design

Designing interior spaces with generous floor-to-ceiling windows not only provides more openness to the house but also allows for beautiful panoramic views.

Topsider’s approach to house designing is as modern and unique as its architecture.  We utilize the latest technologies in computer design, house prefabrication, building specifications and in communicating with our clients, builders and building officials – wherever in the world they may be. And with literally thousands of modern and contemporary style homes built throughout the world, Topsider’s experience is extensive.

Each Topsider home is custom designed and pre-engineered by our in-house design staff.  Once house plans are completed it is then prefabricated to the highest quality standards in our modern state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities for shipment to client building sites worldwide. Local builders (who we typically recruit for clients) then quickly and easily assemble the building components and materials – and finish construction of the house.

Modern Homes Design Two-Story Lakehouse

This contemporary style lake house is a perfect example of how Topsider’s modern and contemporary Post & Beam prefab homes can be custom designed. 

Properly designing homes to maximize views is a priority at Topsider – and the multi-sided shape of our architecture creates far more opportunities for this then with conventional house designs. 


Contemporary Homes Interior Window Design Panoramic View Lakehouse

The inside and the outside become one in this contemporary style living room with abundant floor-to-ceiling windows.

Contemporary Homes Interior Design Grand Foyer & Stairway

Features like this grand foyer and stairway make this house unique.

Contemporary & Modern Post & Beam Structure Home Interior Design

Vaulted ceilings and glass walls combine with Topsider

There are hundreds of Topsider modern and contemporary home design photos and house plan ideas online.  We also provide no-obligation, free cost estimates for any of these online house plan concepts “built”- no matter where the building site may be. 

Building Hurricane-Proof Homes by Topsider Homes

Topsider Homes are the perfect combination of beauty, function and safety.  They are designed to blend with their surroundings and endure the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them.  Building hurricane-proof homes has been Topsider Homes’ specialty for more than 45 years.

Our coastal, storm-resistant home designs have been built on pedestals, stilts and pilings and have survived decades of major hurricanes, including most recently, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Sandy and Irene.  With numerous Topsider Homes built in coastal areas throughout the US, the Bahamas and Caribbean since 1968, we understand the challenges of designing and shipping our unique precision engineered homes to even the most remote locations worldwide.

Hurricane proof home storm resistant coastal house by Topsider homes

Topsider pedestal homes are uniquely designed and engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds and survive storm surge and coastal flooding. This ocean front pedestal home photographed during a tropical storm is one of many built since 1968 along the US coastline.

As a company, Topsider Homes’ in-house design and engineering experience allows us to know and stay current on ever-changing coastal building code requirements and regulations both domestically and abroad.  That’s why we take the technical lead for permitting for the coastal homes we sell.

Hurricane Sandy Satellite Image

Hurricanes are nature's most devastating weather systems. Even weak hurricanes typically travel great distances, causing storm surge flooding and devastation over a very wide and long path. Hurricane Sandy worked its way from the Caribbean through Jamaica to the Bahamas then up the Eastern Seaboard to reap havoc and destruction in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.


There is no need to sacrifice appealing home design or livability for structural integrity with Topsider Homes.  Our unique and flexible Post & Beam building system allows each home to be custom designed.  Topsider hurricane homes not only meet or exceed local coastal hurricane building codes, but they also provide enjoyable and spacious interior and exterior living areas with panoramic ocean and coastal views.

Whether a small beach cottage or a large luxury home, we know how to design, specify and fabricate high-quality storm-resistant building components that make coastal building go smoothly and efficiently.  We also understand the degenerative climatic effects of coastal area environments, whether building along the New Jersey shore, the Florida Keys, or in the Bahamas.

By using today’s modern building materials Topsider Homes provides the lowest possible maintenance for even the most severe climates.  These materials include exterior sidings such as HardieBoard™ and LP SmartSide®, both of which are impervious to insects, salt air and moisture – and the use of stainless steel and galvanized fasteners and couplings that are resistant to corrosion and rust in the manufacturing and assembly processes.

Low maintenance Topsider Homes coastal building materials

Today’s modern synthetic materials are resistant to the degenerative effects of tropical and coastal salt-air environments. The vast array now available allows a unique blend of quality, style and resilience to the elements - impervious to rot, mildew and insects.

Prefabricated house building materials by Topsider

Topsider fabricates high-quality building components specific to each of its houses. These 2x6 treated lumber walls and structural components with stainless steel fasteners and galvanized steel couplings are staged and ready to ship to a coastal location.

Prefab hurricane proof stilt home by Topsider Homes

Built on concrete pilings with the living space more than 20-ft above the ground, this elevated stilt home (shown while under construction) is designed and engineered to survive hurricane force winds and to stay safe from coastal storm surge and flooding.

Other materials frequently specified for coastal areas include maintenance-free composite decking material and stainless steel cable railings, as well as windows made of high-impact, missile-resistant glass set in high design pressure vinyl window frames.  These are just some of the materials that Topsider Homes utilizes to ensure the highest quality and lowest maintenance of its homes.

Topsider's structurally superior pre-engineered piling and stilt homes are secure against hurricanes, tropical storms and storm surge. Coastal homes like this one combine modern engineering and building materials with the strength of a time-proven Post & Beam building system. This house features high-impact glass windows, low-maintenance exterior materials and structural capacity able to withstand wind loads of 180 mph.

Luxury prefab hurricane proof coastal home by Topsider Homes

This unique luxury coastal home is built on a marshland waterway on Tybee Island, GA - an area prone to storms. The living levels are elevated and supported on a highly engineered foundation with the ground level enclosed for parking and storage. Flood vents on the ground level allow the unimpeded flow of water during flooding from storm surge without jeopardizing the structural integrity of the house.

Topsider Homes are the ideal solution for building and rebuilding in hurricane- and storm-prone coastal areas.  With an enviable record of safety and resilience along the eastern seaboard of the US and the Gulf Coast against hurricanes like Katrina, Rita, Ivan and Charlie, Topsider’s structurally superior Post & Beam pedestal and stilt homes have stood the test of time.



Captain Ted McDavitt hurricane-proof Topsider home owner


“After Hugo came through, there were some houses with no roofs and windows gone. Some wood houses were just not even there. My Topsider Home looked like there hadn’t even been a hurricane. The house was practically untouched.”

Captain Ted McDavitt, Virgin Islands 
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Topsider hurricane-proof home compound in Puerto_Rico


“Words could not express how relieved I was to see my place virtually unharmed.  We felt so lucky. We knew that our Topsider Homes were engineered to be hurricane-resistant, but [Irene] was such a big hurricane and the island was pounded for so many hours by such high winds, we almost couldn’t believe our eyes.”

Daly Reville, Puerto Rico 

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  Joe Kruse Florida hurricane-proof Topsider homeowner

“After my home was destroyed by a hurricane, I said I would never build another home at the beachfront unless it was hurricane proof. A friend told me about Topsider Homes, and after doing the research, I decided it was the perfect fit. My Topsider has been through numerous major storms and hurricanes, and each time has come through in one piece.” 

Joe Kruse, Florida 

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Octagon Houses and Octagonal Home Designs by Topsider Homes

Octagon house designs have been around for thousands of years and were very popular in the mid-1800s in the United States with thousands of homes built in an 8-sided geometric configuration.  In fact, the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C. is located in a historical building called “The Octagon” that was built in 1801—so the eight-sided design is a well-established architectural style.

8-Sided Octagonal Home Floor Plan


Octagonal Designed American Institute of Architects Building

Since 1968, Topsider Homes has been designing, pre-engineering and prefabricating octagon houses.  With thousands of octagonal homes shipped worldwide, no prefab, pre-engineered or kit house company has Topsider’s experience or expertise in octagon home building.

Topsider Home's Octagon Home Factory & Campus

Topsider designs, pre-engineers and prefabricates its high quality octagon home and home kits at its modern 15-acre manufacturing and office campus in Clemmons, NC.

Pre-engineered Prefab Octagonal Homes Manufacturer – Topsider

Topsider 8-sided homes are prefabricated to the highest quality standards with structural components pre-assembled to assure proper fit and then shipped

Early-era Topsider Homes were all octagonal shaped and built on pedestal foundations.  For this foundation type, the structural characteristics of an 8-sided design were superior and far more efficient to build than square or round house geometry.  That same 8-sided geometry was found to have other benefits for building on stilts, pilings and even on traditional foundations. For example, Topsider stilt homes require only 9 stilts or pilings – one in the middle and one on each of the 8 corners. Square houses and round houses typically require many more, particularly the larger the house size gets.


Two Story Octagonal Topsider Home

This two-story octagon house built in the desert southwest has a stucco exterior and tile roof to blend with the local architectural theme. Large floor-to-ceiling windows open up to reveal mountain vistas from every floor.

Octagon Patio Home by Topsider Homes

This is a great example of a Topsider octagon patio home. This home built in the Southeast is a guest and pool house behind a large main residence. Topsider's octagonal designs also include home additions and garages.

Octagonal Mountainside Pedestal Home

This octagon home was built on severely sloping terrain in Hawaii using a Topsider pedestal house foundation. This high quality prefab home was easily erected on its challenging site and provides endless panoramic views.

There are many other advantages to Topsider’s octagon house designs and pre-engineered post and beam building system. Topsider’s exterior walls are non-loadbearing and as a standard feature come with floor-to-ceiling windows so that clients can enjoy the panoramic views of their natural surroundings.  Traditional and “stick built” homes, and many prefab kit homes, square and round in design, have exterior walls that support the roof – that limits the number and size of windows.

Structural Construction of a Prefab Octagon Pedestal Home

Topsider's multi-sided octagon prefab homes are extremely flexible in design and easier to build that round houses or traditional 'stick built' homes.

Post and Beam Octagon Home Building on a Double Pedestal

This double pedestal post and beam home shows the flexibility of Topsider's building system. Built on Victoria Island in British Columbia, each side of this home enjoys magnificent ocean views.

Completed Prefab Double Octagonal Pedestal House

This multi-octagon home fits snugly into the terrain as if it grew out of the mountainside. Topsider octagon pedestal homes are efficient to build, and don't require massive excavation.

For home buyers who want a multi-sided house design, the octagon shape has many advantages.  It is much less radical in appearance than hexagon (6-sided) homes, round and circular house designs, dome homes and yurts – and it is less complex and easier to build.  These more extreme geometric shapes and building systems are also more difficult to finance.  And they are typically sold by kit house and prefab home companies who offer only limited, if any, assistance in providing credible construction cost guidance, qualified builders, direct involvement in building permits, and logistical and technical coordination throughout the entire building project.  Topsider Homes’ provides all of these services, plus free custom design, with the purchase of any of our homes.