By Barna Nora. Home Design. Published at Sunday, January 07th, 2018 - 12:40:18 PM.
Living in small home designs doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. It also doesn’t mean that the house has to look small either. There are techniques to making small home designs look big. I had a client to tell me that they wanted a ranch house, but wanted it to look like a two-story house. The statement was funny, but I understood what my client was trying to convey to me. Basically, the couple wanted the coziness of a one story home with the look and feel of a two-story home. So how do you go about doing it?
Architectural style. Choosing the style of architecture for your home is like fashion in a sense. Some people choose to wear certain brands of clothing to define their overall being. They choose certain brands due to the look, style, and quality of said brand. When a homeowner makes a choice on a residential architectural style, that same mindset is usually in play.
Having 10 foot, 12 foot, or 14 foot tall walls can break up the monotony of a single level building quite nicely if done sparingly and in-line with the styles of architecture you are mimicking. The third exterior option is to use tall windows to break up the horizontal lines. By doing so it allow your eyes to travel vertical giving you a sense of height.
There was once a time when the exterior of homes were conceived before the interior. In general, the typical homes were either a box or rectangle. The exterior only had to be defined as an architectural style during the design process. A simple square, rectangle, or combination of the two were established in a workable overall size and then the rooms were carved out within these forms. This basic theory is still true; however, as time and lifestyles changed this approach to floor plan layouts did as well.
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