As an architect, by designing new homes for customers, they first come to me with tastes Standard that you would see on any home in any neighborhood. What I am trying to do is to broaden their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what they are trying to do without spending much more money. Part of this is to make their house bigger off the street and live more inside. You can get a lot of "wow" factor if you try a few simple things in your home design.
1. Make your home longer, not square. Most people want to make their homes more square in design, within the preconceived notion of saving costs. While this may be globally true, it also makes your home very little looking (and boring). For a home of 2500 square feet instead of designing it 50 feet by 50 feet, make your home longer as 75 feet long by 33 wide. You would be surprised to see how much more elegant and more expensive it does not look for that much more money. It also gives you a bonus of giving windows in almost every room of your home, giving them a space of light and visual.
2. Use the two-level house concept. The two-storey house was more prevalent in the 1960s than it is today, but it has many advantages if you modernize it. The Split Level pulls the basement off the ground. In most of the northern part of the country (I'm from Indiana), you need at least 30 feet deep or more to get below the local freezing line. Well, be it the starting point of your basement The lower level foundation wall is 30 "tall, the rest of the wall height can be wood in place Concrete (8 ' Or 9 "high) which saves costs.If you are using 8 lower high level (to reduce costs) there is a design that I prefer to use to eliminate the partitions for HVAC, … Incorporate the ducts into a floor mesh system. I like to use 16 'trusses for high flooring, 24 "in the center and keep the trusses in the same orientation throughout the house. It gives plenty of space for HVAC ducts in the floor mesh system, and no partitions, which means cheaper since you have flat ceilings and no extra framing for these partitions. Space for the HVAC to "go over" the other, do it in the mechanical room
2nd floor (or the "main level" as I like it to Call it) anywhere from 7 to 9 feet above the level, not only give it a stunning view of the property all around, it also looks like a 2 storey building, you can leave the windows open Night because the windows thresholds are 10 feet above sea level. You have a lot of visual intimacy because people on the street do not have a direct view in the house. At the main level, I like to use the vaulted roof trusses to the main level to give more visual height in the rooms.
4. Use large overhangs. This may sound strange, but large overhangs (like 4 wide) make you home to look bigger at the same time inside and out. As I said above, I like the vaulted trusses. I start with a big 8 wall (rather than 9). With a 4 foot beam and vaulted roof trusses, the height of the interior wall is now 10 (8 wall, 2 in the roof beam), With the ceiling peak at 15 '. This is because the roof began to "rise" further from the outside wall. I get ceilings of 10 to 15 feet for a wall price of 8 feet high. The large overhangs also help in summer, protecting the windows in the shade, keeping the direct sunlight out.
5. Incorporate bridges and screen porches into the design. Do not make bridges and screen porches afterwards, but incorporate them into the design, that is, put them in brick or on the side, put a roof on them, and make the openings look like To windows, but do not put in the glass. And consider putting them on the front of the house, not the back. I designed a home for my parents that was 1300 square feet on the main level, but added the front porch of the screen to the front of the house. The house was 72 feet long at the front (24 screen porch, 16 large room, 8 entrance, 24 garage) and it looks huge. (If you want to see it, go to my website (web address below), home page, near the middle of the page, "Click here for more photos of the house", and c & 39 Is the first picture.) The inside of the Porch screen is finished in moisture resistant drywall, so the interior feels like any other room in the house, ( It also has vaulted ceilings), but it is not heated or cooled. It is the most lived in the space of the house. Having the screen porch or bridge over the front of the house gives you more of the community with your neighbors, while it can give you more privacy. On my house, the deck has a solid classroom wall at 42 "above the platform deck. It gives visual intimacy by sitting, but when I get up, I can converse With the neighbors (42 "is also the leaning height for your elbows). As a bonus, with the house divided level, space under deck (as it has cladding and floor 7 above the level) and roof over the deck, I have an 18 wide 28 foot long shed under the deck for lawn mowers, bikes, tools, which I do not have to keep in the garage.
6. Reduce the garage. There is nothing visually pleasing about a garage. The most important rooms of the house (large room, dining room, maybe the screen porch) should have the most visual presence on your house. Having a monster of 24 feet per 36 feet of garage that comes out from the front of your house is not beautiful. Set it from the front of the house, and if you can, put it to the back of the house. Use a side entrance on the garage doors if you can. And put a lot of normal windows like the rest of the house. Try to make it look like any other room on the street. By going down the garage and making it look like another room on your house, it will make your home look bigger when it really is not. If you are one of the owners who ultimately turn their garage into the living space, having the garage look like a normal outside room, it is easy for this conversion. Simply remove the garage doors and install window sizes like the rest of your home.
7. Use lots of repetitive windows. Using the same window size again and again in a long pattern, it will make the house seem longer. And these do not need to be usable windows. Fixed windows are cheaper operable windows.