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Monthly Archives: April 2018

House Styles

Contemporary

They were popular between 1950 and 1970 and they feature tall windows that allow plenty of light in. This aids in saving you energy bills as you don’t have to warm the house or light the bulbs.

There are some architects that design contemporary houses made from recycled non-toxic materials. There are others that are a mix of different materials such as stone, brick and wood.

Colonial home

It originated in the 1600s and is characterised by evenly shuttered windows, chimneys, dormers, and columns. The windows are usually double-hung and have small, equally sized square panes.

While the style can be found in every part of the world, it’s very common in the East coast, Midwest and Deep South America.

There are many variations of the colonial style. The most common variations being: Dutch, Georgian, and Federal. Each style is unique and you should work with your architect to come up with a design that is right for you.

French provincial

The style is inspired by the estates of the French countryside and it became popular during the First World War.

There are many modern styles that are adopting many features from this style. For example, there are many modern styles that come with steep roofs and symmetrical proportions.

Mediterranean

The style became extremely popular in 1918-1940. The homes have a hacienda style where the roofs are made from red tiles and the surfaces are plastered.

The style is very popular with the rich and there are many modern styles inspired by it. The original features such as balconies, patios, red tiles and heavy wooden doors are still found in the modern styles.

Eco-Friendly House Design

Doors and windows

The door provides light and also allows warm air to escape thus leaving your house smelling fresh. You should go for a large front door without windows. As rule of thumb the door should be made from eco-friendly wood or any other material.

When it comes to windows, you should go energy star-rated windows that are ideal for your climate zone. You should install the windows in an angle allowing maximum light to enter the house.

To allow more light you should install glass panels at the base. For the windows to admit breezes they should have glass panels at the base. Breezes bring in cool air thus eliminating the need for air-conditioning. This in turn saves you a lot of money.

Insulation

Insulation prevents heat and air from escaping the house thus you don’t need to heat the house. For ideal results you should hire a professional contractor to install the insulation.

Roofing

There are many roofing materials that you can use, but only a few make your house eco-friendly. You should install roofing materials made from recycled resources. One of the best options to go with is aluminium metal.

The cool thing with this material is that it’s heat-resistant and reusable. Another option that you can go with is bamboo roofing. In addition to being renewable, it’s also sustainable.

Solar panels

Solar energy is clean, renewable and cheap thus saving you a lot of money over the long run. You can use solar energy in different areas including water heating and lighting. You should note that different solar panels work best at different geographical locations; therefore, you should research and find the best panels to use in your area.

Choose Balcony Design

Before investing any money into the implementation of your design ideas, make sure that these are in conjunction with local building codes. Local regulations could significantly limit the addition of special features in this area in an effort to promote safety. Consult with the planning department to find out which concessions must be made before construction is started. This will eliminate the need to backtrack in your construction efforts and the associated loss.

Determine whether or not you want this space to have any special features for relaxation or food preparation. Outdoor kitchens are a major trend in backyard designs, but they can also be added to elevated and well-supported structures like balconies or terraces. Some people even install hot tubs or small wading pools depending upon their balcony sizes and their household needs. These are features that are cheaper and easier to add in at the start of construction then they are after building is done.

Some people might want to wall off their balconies or terraces for added privacy. There are semi-permanent and permanent solutions that can be used. A privacy screen will provide the greatest level of adaptability, but you may want to review your options in permanent, glass enclosures as well. This is a great way to create a year-round garden.

There are countless features to choose from but each addition must complement the existing decor on the primary building structure. If you have copper trim and downspouts around the home, consider adding copper lighting fixtures and an enclosure or railing with copper accents. You do not want your designs to clash so that the home looks ill put together overall.

Take some time to calculate your budget for this addition while accounting for any special features that you wish to include. It may be best to complete this project in small increments that entail modest and manageable payments. This way, you can add new feature in whenever additional funding becomes available. This can be an all-at-once project or a gradual, progressive and affordable one.

Siding Choices

Masonry

Brick and stone are strong materials that are both water and fire resistant. This type of siding is highly durable, holding up well to hot and cold extremes. It also provides natural insulation that keeps the home interior a comfortable temperature. Masonry options include cultured stone, a man-made product that simulates the look of natural stone, and real stone veneers, which can incorporate granite, marble, slate or other stone materials. What’s more, masonry protects the house against extreme weather such as high wind gusts, driving rain and hail.

Wood

With proper care, wood will hold up in all weather conditions. It’s important to perform periodic maintenance such as sealing to protect this material, especially in colder climates. Wood can give a home a timeless, inviting look. There are many types of wood to choose from, including cedar, redwood, and cypress. Wood provides natural insulation. It can be stained to suit virtually any color scheme. This material requires a bit of extra work to keep it in good shape through changing weather conditions, but for many homeowners, the results are worth it.

Engineered Wood

An alternative to natural wood planks is engineered wood. This material is fabricated from wood fibers and is better able to withstand weather extremes. It holds up well against heat and humidity. Engineered wood is easy to install and is considered environmentally friendly. It does not require the maintenance that standard wood needs. In addition, it stands up better to all types of harsh weather, from hail to hot sun.

Metal

Perhaps the most important benefit of metal siding is its durability. From aluminum to steel, metal offers excellent protection against the elements. Metal is not adversely affected by heat, and it’s the top choice to protect a home against fire. It holds up extremely well in all conditions, including cold and snowy, hot and humid, and rainy and windy. With metal siding, thickness is an important consideration, especially in places where hail is common.