The fun part of designing your new home is the exterior style. You will not need to do more calculating. It is just time to have fun choosing a style that you like.
The style chosen should usually blend in with the other homes in the community and region. Even though the style fits in with the other homes within the community, you can still customize it to reflect your taste.
As a safety factor, consider the resale value of the home with the exterior style that you choose. This may be an important value consideration if the time comes that you decide to sell the home. The five most prevalent styles on the market today include country, traditional, Victorian, Mediterranean, and contemporary.
Country style is the most popular nationwide. Characteristics of the style include a large front or wraparound porch, which is usually covered. The roofline runs lengthwise with
As anyone who made it through third-grade American history may recall, the Brits had a bit of a political and cultural impact on the new world. British-inspired homes, for example, are so prevalent in the United States that they’re just called “Colonial.” But another nation’s influence can be spotted throughout the country. Spanish Colonial homes were first built in the parts of America settled by Spaniards—namely Florida, California, and throughout the Southwest—from the 1600s to the mid-1800s.
Since the Spanish settled in areas with similarly temperate climates as their homeland, the houses they built were quite similar to those found in Spain. “As a matter of practicality, colonizing settlers merged building practices of their home nation with the local materials and tools available,” explains Andrew Cogar, AIA, and president of Historical Concepts, an architecture firm based in Atlanta and New York that specializes in traditional yet modern
There was a time when the television was the focal point of the living room, with every piece of furniture being arranged around it! Many of us TV buffs still tend to do the same, but the modern trend has been to take the TV away from the living room or to hide it completely. While some have taken it to the bedroom and the family room, others have opted for gorgeous and at times stunning media rooms and home theaters that blow you away. It is either an over-the-top home theater, media room or the hidden TV nook that grace most contemporary interiors. So, when did the good ol’ TV room start becoming unnecessary?
Part of the issue with dedicated TV rooms is technology and how ‘media centers’ complete with loads of electronic goodies have replaced the lone TV with cable. Then there is the reduction in costs, which
One of the design consultations I had recently got me thinking about the do’s and don’t of styling a sofa. Not just any sofa, a sectional sofa.
I think a lot of people are attracted to sectional sofas because they offer abundant seating and because they seem to provide a bit more comfort than a traditional sofa.
After a while I think people can become disenchanted with their sectional sofa because they recognize that a sectional can limit the traffic flow within a room and sometimes a sectional feels overpowering in a space versus relaxed.
In my years of designing rooms, I’ve recognized that it’s not always the size, scale or placement of a sectional that causes the disenchantment, but instead its the fact that the sectional and the space around it are not styled or accessorized in the best way.
Exterior designers are professionals, who produce ideas to make your outdoor design unique, practical and aesthetically pleasing; whilst remaining within budget.
Exterior design provides a sophisticated compliment to the architecture of a dwelling, or space. By integrating Nature and man-made structures, the home can be expanded into the outdoors. The functional outcome must blend effectively with surrounding greenery, fountains or features in order to create an environment that is suitable. and comfortable for quality outdoor time and family or home entertainment functions.
Style Council Exterior Designers are inspired by nature’s perfect design.
Earth, Water, Fire, Air. All the elements of nature designed into our living environments enhance a sense of well being, peace and timeless beauty in our lives.
We are a ‘green’ company with a blue logo. Our eco living spaces value and promote clean air and water as a sustainable imperative for the future. We imagine and create
Clean, smooth surfaces, and an uncluttered appearance characterize contemporary style interior design. The modern look is a world away from the fussy interiors beloved of our ancestors, but contemporary design doesn’t have to mean a home you’re afraid to live in.
The Basics of Contemporary Style Interior Design
While modern style is as rich and varied as its traditional counterpart, there are a few things that most contemporary styled homes have in common:
Forget clashing patterns and garish patterns: contemporary homes are characterized by their cool, muted color palettes, featuring a lot of whites, creams, and darker shades, including brown, taupe and mauves. Sticking to this very modern color scheme, however, doesn’t have to be boring: try adding a splash of color to your white walls with a vibrant painting, or add a brightly colored chair of sofa to draw the eye. Accents of color can also
Ranch-style homes are ideal candidates for custom home additions. More flexible than split-level or two-story homes, the ranch offers many opportunities for increasing space, as well as transforming the look and functionality of the original structure.
Ranch houses can be small shoeboxes or large ramblers. They can be rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped, but they are, by definition, single-story homes. While there are two general options for expanding a ranch home—up or out—the design ideas are practically limitless.
Moving Up For ranch-style homes on smaller lots, adding vertical space is often the best bet. Raising the roof to add a second story literally doubles the amount of living space without increasing your home’s footprint.
A raised second-story addition allows for more bedrooms and baths, and even new office or family space. By moving all the bedrooms to the second floor, the original first floor plan can also be reconfigured, expanding the
Ever wonder about the differences between transitional design and traditional styles? These two decor and furniture styles have similar foundational elements, but when you compare them side by side, the finished look is completely different. Here are the reasons why.
First, let’s acknowledge that most people these days don’t fit into one design style category. I do, however, believe everyone has a foundational starting point. This post will help you understand the core foundation of a transitional space compared to its traditional style roots. The goal is to help you transitionalists out there understand your roots, and then add your flare.
Let’s start with a look at where the transitional design style got its roots…
A traditional room is characteristic of a 17th or 18th century home. It’s warm and inviting, but can also be more luxurious. These spaces have curved and detailed furniture with a backdrop of
At some point, everybody finds themselves wondering, “What is my design style?” Pinterest can sometimes be like putting your face in front of a fire hydrant gushing with design styles. TMI, and not very helpful! Online style quizzes can help you navigate your style and figure out why you like certain Pinterest pins. Since online e-design has come into its own, there are loads of design style quizzes to choose from. To help you decide which ones to take (and to selfishly feed my design style quiz addiction), I took a lot of them. I’m here to let you know which ones are worth your time, and share my favorites!
Havenly is an interior design source website where you can hire designers to help you get your room together. You can use the quiz to find one of their interior designers to work with, or just take the quiz to