Good design isn’t always instantly recognizable. You are more likely to feel it as a sensory response to logical, well-thought-out solutions. Good residential design blends physical and emotional cues to create a house with soul. Size does not matter. It is about scale, detail and pattern. Today, our homes express who we are, what we value and how we live. To get there, establish relationships between space, light and line.
When you enter a room and your field of vision extends beyond what you expected, you experience depth and spaciousness. The room is more than four walls. By aligning walls, windows, doorways and columns, you establish a visual axis.
Unless you create a focal point, however, your eyes will wander.
This focal point offers eyes a resting place. The classic example is a fireplace. It can also be artwork, an unusual window or a lighting fixture. For a focal point to work, the room needs a sense of balance or symmetry.
The focal point will occupy the middle of the space. It can be framed by furniture, walls, windows, light or doorways.
An underestimated architectural feature is fenestration — the order and placement of windows and doors. This one detail will make or break the curb appeal or comfort of a house. It will define the architectural style, the pattern of light and the sense of order in a room.
When a window occupies a wall, it should balance the space, allow for furniture and provide illumination.
Windows also provide transparency. This is more than seeing into the space beyond. It liberates the space, brings the outdoors in, and allows you to experience the changes of daylight, weather, the seasons and landscapes.
A room without a window is a cell. A room of windows becomes a gallery.
Remember how you experienced your grandparents’ house, with its sloped ceilings, irregular spaces, nooks and crannies? Houses built generations ago used all of the space for living. Today, too often, rooms are no more than drywall boxes — no interest or character.
Fortunately, log homes often have vaulted ceilings and large and small rooms. The interplay of spaces makes the house more dynamic. When you step from a small foyer into an expansive great room, you experience space with interest and surprise.
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