Every house has its own unique feeling, its own sense of space. No matter what it looks like, your home’s architectural elements help shape its identity. If you’re thinking about renovating your home, here are some architectural considerations to make before you start tearing down walls.
An essential element of design is the line. Every room, facade, and facet of your house is defined by its lines. Your kitchen is likely a series of vertical and horizontal lines that seamlessly intersect with each other. One of the most dramatic lines is the vaulted ceiling. High, diagonal lines that tower above you create a sensation of infinite space. Exposed rafters add plenty of style to the room while allowing in tons of natural light. Enhance this empty space by installing dramatic lighting, adding textured artistic elements, or installing a skylight for added brightness.
Not Your Average Windows
They say that eyes are windows to the soul. In our opinion, a window is the soul of a room. The size, shape, age, and placement of your window can completely and instantly transform any room. A well-placed kitchen window could be the perfect spot to start an indoor herb garden. Floor-to-ceiling windows can invite you outside into the backyard, and a sunny bay window could turn into the perfect reading nook. When you’re designing a new kitchen, bathroom, or other living space, it’s important to consider your windows as an important design element.
Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are also the weirdest looking. The most iconic example of eccentric architecture is Gaudí’s Spanish buildings like Casa Batlló, the Sagrada Familia, and its adjacent schools, to name only a few. These buildings are designed with oblong shapes, curved edges, and glorious archways. Your home probably doesn’t look like the towering Sagrada Familia, but it could feature some interesting shapes of its own. Modern houses typically feature straight, clean lines, but if you live in an older build, you might be sitting on a truly unique architectural element that just needs your enthusiasm and openness to bring it back to life.
Interior design and architecture are constantly evolving, which is why the choice to remodel can sometimes be intimidating. While certain trends change faster than the time it takes to renovate, there are certainly timeless styles and architectural elements that you can bank on. If you live in an older home, we understand that not everything that was built with the house is going to look pretty (shag carpets and red vinyl come to mind). But there are some architectural styles that add character, charm, and timeless elegance to the home that shouldn’t be covered, destroyed, or removed. Features like stained glass windows, exposed brick walls, and attic spaces should be preserved as much as possible. You’ll be thankful you kept the integrity of the home alive.