By Onesime Olivie. Architecture. Published at Saturday, February 24th, 2018 - 08:14:28 AM.
Working with an architect you’re looking for quality, he says, and while the end result might be the same cost, the investment is usually returned in quality, liveability and other things like environmental factors.
Instead, they opted for a major overhaul, gutting the house and adding a 12-by-40-foot addition to accommodate a new kitchen and dining room. Ponte’s design opened up the interiors and introduced a more modern aesthetic, relocating the stairs to the center of the house and installing a skylight above to bring in natural light on both levels. First-floor bedrooms were moved to the second floor, which was completely rebuilt. A crawl space was dug out to create a full-size basement.
We should mention the fact that the structure was built on a gentle slope and while the floor level remains constant throughout, the roof follows the slope and runs parallel to it, reinforcing the strong relationship between the house and its surroundings. As far as the proportions are concerned, the entire structure measures 30m x 5.5m, proportions predetermined by the local flora and fauna.
Obviously, other factors will have a major influence on how homes are designed over the coming decade. New technological breakthroughs, evolving building code and regulatory issues, and changing consumer preferences for housing features and materials are obvious considerations that will influence home design. Still, residential architects see that changes in design features are incremental, and generally reflective of underlying social and economic trends.
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