House Design Tips
Shawn and Rocky
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Tip #14 - WHO ARE YOU? - KNOWING YOURSELF ENSURES A GREAT DESIGN


To have a successful design, you must know who you are and what you are about. What resonates with you? What do you do in your pastime? Do you like entertaining? Is cooking a big item with you? What kind of 'feel' would you like in your home? The list goes on and on in determining what you like, and what suits you. After everything is said and done, the home should reflect who you are, and ideally, convey a feel in which you are extremely comfortable with. Along with the assistance of a qualified designer, he/she can draw things out of you that you may not have even considered, and thus, incorporate them into your new home. Taking stock of yourself will ensure you achieve a design you are happy with.

Tip #15 - SIZE AS OPPOSED TO QUALITY


When there are some considerations to budget, it is best to go to a smaller home with quality finishes and details, as opposed to a larger home, with cheaper finishes and details. Nothing looks worse than a large home done on the 'cheap'. Trying to get large square footage, while disregarding the finishes and details, is certainly putting good money after bad. Conversely, if the home can be scaled back to a smaller square footage, and allocate some budget money for quality finishes and details, the results will be more than satisfying, and the house will definitely have more of a sense of 'home'.

Tip #16 - EXTERIOR MATERIALS AND COST


As far as design and aesthetics goes, this is quite simple. Ideally, all exterior elements should be (or strongly resemble) natural or time-honoured materials, i.e. stone, wood, brick, or trowelled surfaces. The cheaper the material, and the less they resemble natural elements, the cheaper the cost. The natural materials and materials that strongly mimic them are more costly. Strong consideration should be exercised, to ensure the exterior materials compliment, and not detract from the home.Executed correctly, a good alternative is to use a less costly material such as a manufactured siding or stucco, and marry it with natural material accents. Along with this, coordinating the different colours and textures will ensure a very pleasing scheme.

Tip #17 - EXTERIOR COLUMN SIZES


In many cases columns are incorporated in the design of the house to support verandahs, porches, decks, etc. You may have noticed in many cases, the columns look too small or spindly. Structurally they may be accurate, but proportion and design wise, they just look 'odd'. As implied, the proportions of columns are a very important item in the overall design. The way to arrive at this is to experiment with different sizes, and see what feels right. A general rule is to always go larger than structurally required, keeping in scale with the other design elements surrounding it. Another alternative is to use 2 or more smaller columns together, giving the effect of a wider one.

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