House Design Tips
Shawn and Rocky
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Tip #18 - THE REAR ENTRY


You have probably been in rear entries that are small, dark, and cluttered. In many instances, the rear entry is the main entrance the family uses. With this space having such prominence, it should be spacious, well lit (preferably with natural light), ample closet space, and (if required), a built in bench to sit down. Two items that can compliment the rear entry is a (min.) 1/2 bath, and a laundry (ideally separate, but can be within the entry space). The ideal space to enter is the kitchen/eating area for convenience. The rear entry can involve several functions, so careful layout is important.

Tip #19 - THE (ATTACHED) GARAGE & HOW IT RELATES TO THE HOUSE


The garage should be designed to compliment the house, as opposed to overpowering it. On large and corner lots, this is quite easy. On narrower lots, this is a little bit more challenging. On large lots, it is best to situate the garage at the side of the house, and step it back. Also, on large lots, another good option, is to side load the garage, so the doors are facing to the side, and not towards the street. On corner lots, facing the house towards the primary street, and the garage towards the secondary street is ideal. On narrow lots, the best option is to step back the garage, emphasize the front entry, and ensure the garage door itself is a good design and colour. With careful consideration, the garage does not have to a hinderance to the overall good design of the house.

Tip #20 - INTERIOR DETAILS


Interior details, can transform an adequate, yet bland space into one that is interesting, pleasing and complimentary to the house. The kind of details are unlimited, but must be executed properly to ensure all things 'fit'. A few examples of interior details are columns, niches, tray ceilings, vaulted ceilings, built-ins, alcoves, plant ledges, display corner, etc., etc., etc. The details should be reminiscent of the feel and style one wants to achieve. Incorporating the right interior details is one of the greatest avenues to inject your personality into the design.

Tip #21 - FORM, MASSING AND PROPORTIONS


Form refers to the overall shape of the building. Massing refers to how the different elements of the form (e.g. roofs, projections, wing shapes, etc.) are put together, and relate to each other. Proportion refers to the interaction of these elements with each other in relationship to size. Quite simply, for these 3 items to be correct, it requires having the 'right', eye. Examples would be proper size and shape of windows to fit the overall form of house, or proper sized columns (visually) in relation to what it is supporting, or proper pitch of roof and overhang tying in with the style and shape of home. Much is involved to ensure the 'integrity' of the house is correct, but if it is not quite right, even the most inexperienced eye can see something is 'off'. To ensure a proper design is accomplished, refer to tried and true examples that have been successful in the past, or ensure your designer has experience and a feel for what is right and what goes together properly.

Tip #22 - THE FORMAL DINING ROOM: DO I REALLY NEED ONE?


In this day and age, having a formal dining room is now the exception instead of the rule. Having said this, if you do a lot of entertaining for family and friends, a formal dining room is useful and functional. Otherwise, a well designed eating area (adjacent to the kitchen), can serve the purpose, including all eating functions, and entertaining. With this multi-functional area, it should be large enough to serve all its tasks, preferably including a built in hutch/buffet space. Regardless of the type of eating space(s) one uses, ample natural light and a pleasant view should be used to compliment the dining experience.

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2109 - 20th Ave. S.
Lethbridge, AB.
Canada, T1K 1G4

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