New Home Design Details

Posted: August 15, 2017 at 11:23 am by: NewHomesGuide

When it comes to creating an eye-catching home design, the little details are the things that make a big difference. And these are the 11 design elements that are most definitely on trend in new homes right now.

Colorful Kitchen Cabinets

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From two tone cabinets to bold colors, colorful cabinetry is trending in new kitchens and remodels. Homeowners are daring to go bold with vibrant colors, over traditional woods and neutral tones.

 

Tactile Textures in the Kitchen

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In addition to the colorful cabinets, kitchens are a great place to play with different textures, finishes and colors. Countertops, backsplashes, hardware, appliances, plumbing, and flooring are just a few of the areas where different textures can create a fun, exciting, yet cohesive look.

Kitchens with Two Islands

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Some kitchens just never seem to have enough counter space. Creating two islands in a kitchen allows ample room for prepping and entertainment space.

 

Whole Tiled Walls

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Traditionally, backsplashes stop at the bottom of the upper cabinets. And in bathrooms, the tile stops half-way up the walls or about 18” from the ceiling. A new trend is taking the tile all the way up to the ceiling. This creates a dramatic statement in any room. You can create a clean look with subway tile or something a little more interesting with patterned tile.

 

Geometric Influences

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Nature often influences design. The geometric aspects create a nice modern balance with the other design features while still creating contrast.

 

Brass

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We all know how things make a comeback. Brass has made a comeback in a big way. It has influenced everything, included but not limited to: lighting, furniture, hardware, plumbing fixtures, décor accessories, even tile and backsplashes. It’s that little piece of flair that adds some bling to any space.

 

Voice-Activated Technology

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Technology has found its way into the home scene. You can now use products such as the Amazon Echo and the Google Home to turn down the lights, or play your favorite song. “Smart” Homes are being built with this technology integrated into them. You can now also use your phone to turn down the lights, set the temperature, and even lock your doors.

 

Color Trends – Greenery

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“Greenery” is Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. Pantone describes it as, “refreshing, revitalizing, fresh.” Pantone also says that the color “revives, restores, renews and reinvigorates.”

 

Splurging in Laundry Rooms

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Laundry rooms are becoming more glamorous. They are no longer the corner in the basement with a utility sink plopped next to the washer and dryer. Laundry rooms are getting dressed up with upgraded cabinetry and countertops, backsplashes, wallpaper,chandeliers, and the list goes on.

 

Elaborating on Entryways

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The entryway is the first impression people have of the inside of your home. Trends are showing people paying more attention to the entry way and creating a great first impression with the additions of decorative chandeliers, upgraded flooring, and even accented walls and ceilings.

 

Outdoor-Feeling Indoor Shower

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We’ve all heard about the rainfall shower head, and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. Bringing the outdoor-feeling to the shower is trending in bathrooms.

Written by Abby Regis and Leslie Sargent of Design Works Interiors, this story originally appeared in the July/August edition of New Homes Guide. For more trends, stories, how-tos and advice, order your free copy of New Homes Guide today.

Moderated Modern: A New Design Trend Hitting The Market

Posted: July 14, 2017 at 9:31 am by: NewHomesGuide

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Miller & Smith at One Loudoun

We start our topic of discussion with defining Modern. This term is everywhere, constantly confused with contemporary styling. But what does modern truly mean? In its most basic form, it is the design trend of today — what is now and in the moment. Today, this is seen as clean lines, simplicity of patterns and natural finishes. To moderate this creates a personal style that is the overwhelming wish of most buyers today. So to create a Moderated Modern model, you need only to define the feeling you want and embellish accordingly.

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Toll Brothers at Avonlea Reserve

If you love antiques, if you love bold contemporary art, if you love mid-century, if you love industrial, if you love traditional elements — blend and mix any of these into the core of the modern trend. This is what it takes to show off the Moderated Modern style. The goal is to soften the stiff, hard lines of modern style and create an element of interest, comfort and a very personal statement.

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Winchester Homes at Two Rivers (Photo: Maxine Schnitzer)

Expressing this style in demographic terms is interesting – generally, millennials love mixing mid-century, and your boomers mix antiques and traditional elements. So when looking for a style that embraces a broad market base, think about Moderated Modern.

Originally appearing in the July/August 2017 edition of New Homes Guide, this article was written by Phyllis Ryan of Interior Concepts, Inc. Interior Concepts, Inc. is a full-service design firm in Maryland. You can learn more about them by visiting their website.

Design Encyclopedia: Know Your Home’s Windows

Posted: June 29, 2017 at 2:53 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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The commercial market, functional considerations, and aesthetic basis for your home’s windows can all be totally overwhelming. The countless number of choices available to buyers is a double-edged sword with unlimited capability to customize your selection, but a potential pitfall in making decisions relative to one another. To help you navigate this realm, we’ve compiled this guide to understand what’s what and what should matter to you in choosing windows for your home.

Anatomy

A brief vocabulary lesson is worthwhile to help orient you within the technical terms used in window production. Every window has four conventional parts: jamb, sill, head, and sash. Think of the former three terms as the edges, or frame, that hold the main part of the overall assembly (the sash) in place and provide the mechanisms for operating the window. Sashes can be further sub-divided into their own individual elements, including: stiles, rails, muntins (or mullions), and lites. These each describe the pieces of the assembly that hold and separate the glass.

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Operation

Windows are typically classified by how they open and close, each serving a specific function relative to their location and size. When you’re digesting the diagrams below, note that the dotted “arrow” over the window indicates the location of the hinge or direction it moves. Here’s a summary of the conventional types used in most homes:

Double-hung and single-hung

These are the most common models used in residential construction. They contain two individual sashes “hung” in the frame. The double and single labels refer to the number of sashes that are operable. For example, both sashes in a double-hung window can be slid up and down. For this reason, the screen is located on the outside face of the assembly to allow the sashes to move independently.

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These are best suited for traditional styles of architecture. Their historical association and complexity of individual pieces in the assembly tend to exude a more formal appearance. Different patterns of muntins and lites also contribute to the character of the home. As a basic rule of convention – the more divisions there are in the glass, the more traditional the window will look. These patterns are often given a label relative to the number of lites/muntins they have. The window above can be called a “6 over 6” because there are six individual “cells” in each sash.

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Casement

Casement windows have a single sash attached to the frame on side. They have a vertical hinge (or set of hinges) that allows the window to swing open just like a door. The screen is located on the inside face of the assembly to enable this movement.

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These can employed to convey both a traditional and contemporary aesthetic on a home. The same rule regarding the muntin pattern on individual windows applies with these as well, but you will find that they tend to be grouped in multiples of two or three to create larger spans of uninterrupted glass. This treatment errs on the more contemporary end of the spectrum. The crank hardware will be a distinctive element of the window, so be sure to consider the style and finish relative to the look you desire.

Sliding

Sliding windows are the horizontal counterparts to double- and single-hung assemblies. With operable tracks on the head and sill, the sashes can move side-to-side within the frame. These are best suited for narrow height clearances such as basements and high-mounted locations like bathrooms.

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Awning and hopper

You can think of awning and hopper windows as the horizontal equivalents of casement windows. These also open in a single direction and have a hinge on the top or bottom of the frame. Awnings are top-hinged, making them an ideal application for rainy locations where you can block out falling water from above while still facilitating ventilation. Hoppers tend to be used most in contemporary applications as the bottom sash of a larger assembly – this allows fresh air from the outside to gently travel up and into the space.

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Fixed (inoperable)

Also called picture windows, these do not open or close and are used primarily to maximize the amount of light and view for a space. For this reason, they are typically manufactured in the largest dimensions of the conventional window types.

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Performance

Windows serve the primary function of bringing light and air into a home. As penetrations in the shell of the building, they also make it susceptible to the unwelcomed gain and loss of heat. This affects both your level of comfort and the operational costs to maintain that comfort. For these reasons, it is worthwhile to understand how windows derive their efficiency.

There are two measures to consider when determining the energy performance of a window: thermal insulation and visual transmittance. As a rule of thumb, more panes (number of layers of glass) provide more insulation and more efficiency. The small gaps of air between panes allow for a tighter seal, keeping the heat where you want it relative to your specific climate and comfort preferences. The transmittance is a factor of how much heat is allowed to penetrate the glass due to the intensity of light shining through it. Modern coatings applied to or manufactured within the glass can provide the ideal balance between maximum brightness and minimum heat transfer.

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Do you have questions about making the right window choice? If so, leave us a comment to get tips specific to your home!

Guest blog courtesy of W.C. Ralston Architects, an architecture and planning firm that has built an enduring reputation for design excellence in homes, neighborhoods and communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at www.wcralston.com.

Loving Life in an Active Adult Community

Posted: June 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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How many times has this happened to you in your travels? You arrive at an exquisite location — quiet and beautifully maintained. The facilities and recreational opportunities are top-notch. And everyone there shares a love for the place. You just feel good being there. Naturally, you want to stay.

Until a decade or so ago, you could only feel this way at vacation resorts, tropical retreats, country clubs, and unique destinations. But now, builders are creating the resort and country club lifestyle you love in communities right here in the metro area.

Homes and communities like these are being created today specifically for active adults, that fast-growing demographic of Baby Boomers who are the largest-ever single age group to hit demographic charts. Just past 50, active adults tend to be healthier, wealthier, and more educated than any previous generation.


So spoil yourself!

Active adult-designed homes and amenities offer a full range of experiences, and locations near theaters, shopping, restaurants and the action of Washington, DC, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Some are gated with 24-hour security — offering additional peace of mind for singles and frequent travelers. Since friends are now almost as important as families, communities foster a strong social structure, with clubhouses, public areas, regular events and pedestrian-friendly living. Active adults may be empty nesters free of strollers and tricycles, but they may also form Harley-Davidson clubs, marathon-running groups and Tai Chi classes.

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Homes can be single-family detached, attached, or villa-style condos. They can be in mid- or high-rise buildings, too, or in neighborhoods within larger planned communities. But all are dedicated to spoiling residents big time.

Floorplans are usually one-story, with some two-story designs offering bonus space for a spare bedroom and bath, hobby/recreation room, or extra storage. Buyers will spend on luxury and upgrades, and dual master suites, covered patios and porches, great rooms and granite countertops are commonly built in.

Active adults also stay busy lowering their golf handicaps and improving their tennis games. In fact, they’re more vital, physically fit and wellness conscious than any other age. That’s why communities deliver amenities you would find at a country club, such as golf, tennis, basketball courts and pools. Developers know buyers also want low maintenance, with none of the endless household chores.  Services for residents can include concierge, dry cleaning, handymen, lawn care and snow removal. It’s all covered under monthly homeowner fees.

Clubhouses are important as a center of community activity. They can come with meeting rooms, pottery studios, bocce courts, pool tables and computer labs. Open-air pavilions are great for three-season parties. Fitness centers offer aerobics and dance studios, paddle-tennis, workout equipment, pools with lap lanes, and spas. Biker/hiker paths are often built into communities.

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Why Choose an Active Adult Community?

These communities have all the amenities a resort has to offer without having to travel, pay for a country club or health club, or take care of your own pool. There are a number of communities to choose from right here in the area, in delightful locations near water, green spaces, entertainment possibilities — and your friends and family. Plus, now you have the luxury of some time on your hands, to have fun, volunteer, travel and make new friends. These communities give you every opportunity.

Active adults have been working hard and raising children for several decades, and now they are rewarding themselves with travel and recreation. They have a lot of living left to do. Today, they can do it in a community with the feel of a luxury resort, close to the culture, convenience and fun of the entire Washington metro area and Mid-Atlantic region.

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of New Homes Guide. Reserve your free copy of New Homes Guide today for additional stories, community spotlights, advice and more.

The Great Outdoors: Tips to Make the Most of Your Exterior Living Spaces

Posted: May 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm by: NewHomesGuide

The indoor-outdoor connection is one of the most vital and potentially unique aspects of your home’s design. As we’ve written about previously, your home’s relationship to its surroundings is shaped by the elements that bridge the gap, with the spaces outside often considered as an extension of those inside. Whether it’s for entertaining or relaxation, and regardless of scale, climate and location — there ways to harness the most of your home’s potential for outdoor living. Here are few ideas we’ve compiled for inspiration:

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Your view is a primary consideration for the design of your exterior space. Orienting openings and sightlines will ensure you’re looking at something pleasing or have the privacy you desire from views into the space. This home is nestled inside an opening within a dense collection of trees, giving a stellar backdrop to the extensive amounts of glazing on the rear side of the home. With no visible neighbors, this design works to capitalize on the views and natural light without making its owners feel exposed.

Image Credit: Maxine Schnitzer Photography & W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Image Credit: Maxine Schnitzer Photography & W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

When your home is situated on a small lot or you have other adjacent homes in close proximity, the design calls for a different approach. A small recess is carved out of the home’s footprint to create this terrace. Although it’s not inside, surrounding this space with the walls of the home on three sides, this space feels like a true “room.” It also allows for views between distant, otherwise disconnected, corners of the house — making it feel larger and more open.
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The New American Home Showcase for Modern Design

Posted: April 21, 2017 at 9:00 am by: NewHomesGuide

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For 34 years, the National Association of Home Builders’ Leading Suppliers Council and Professional Builder magazine have collaborated with architects, builders, product suppliers, home technology consultants and green building consultants to build a “New American Home” in conjunction with the annual International Builders’ Show.

This year’s home, designed and built by Phil Kean, architect and principal of the Phil Kean Design Group in Winter Park, Florida, is a contemporary-style lakeside home with a golf course view located in the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, home to numerous professional tennis players and golfers.

The design of the one-level house, which has 8,245 finished square feet, was inspired by the lavish mid-century modern houses in Palm Springs, California favored by Frank Sinatra and other members of the “Rat Pack.”  The house is on the market for $5.929 million. (more…)

New Interior Design Trends for 2017

Posted: April 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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These directives are moving the design marketplace to a clean, minimal and contemporary design styling that appeals to a broad market.

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We are seeing refinement in furniture lines, art, appliance and finishes everywhere in the industry — design is clean, simple, crisp, fresh. A perfect example of refining is the toilet! Whatever brand you choose, the loo has become a fashion statement and footprint savvy. You can choose to conserve your flush, and you can admire your throne as museum worthy. Cool toilets are in!Photo

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Repurposing, reclaiming and conserving is becoming mainstream in the design industry. Green is gold and good for the “footprint” generation. Natural elements evoke a positive move to a healthier decision. This trend is in our organic grocery shopping, our use of plants that require less water, and the choice to recycle antique furniture. Succulents are replacing more delicate, needy foliage inside and out, and live edge tables and rough-finished woods evoke ethical yet beautiful choices.Photo

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What’s new and next has become a cultural expectation. Trends change at warp speed. Attention spans are short and demanding. Being innovative and savvy is essential if you want to grab attention and excite every generation today. We indulge in the innovations that live smart and inspire us. Induction stove tops cook faster, cool down instantly and are safer for little fingers. Smaller sinks can be multi-function as surface space when needed, kitchen storage needs to be more efficient and ergonomic, and washer/dryers are now sexy!

Guest blog by Interior Concepts, Inc., which is an award-winning full-service design firm based in Annapolis, MD. Please visit them at www.interiorconceptsinc.com.

Elevation Design: The Basics of What/How and Why It’s Important

Posted: February 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm by: NewHomesGuide

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

While it is not a term widely used by homeowners, or outside of architecture and construction circles, the elevation is a unique consideration and tool employed in the design of any home. As a drawing, an elevation is a two-dimensional projection perpendicular to the vertical plane – meaning, it is a flat view seen while the “observer” is looking forward.

Most commonly, elevations portray the individual sides of a house. In this sense, they’re an interpretation of a three-dimensional view and are not actually experienced when looking at the house. 

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Like other architectural drawings, elevations are a set of instructions. They’re directions for how many, where to position, how to connect the pieces of a puzzle…or house! They’re a means of communicating a connection between inside and outside (where the windows are located and how tall the roof is), but also a glimpse into the design process. 

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

When an architect or designer is developing a concept for a house, they’ll likely begin by loosely drawing the plan to organize spaces and determine how big it will be. In doing so, they’re considering things like “What room should get the most light?” and “Where is the best view?” or “What rooms need to be concealed for privacy?”. These all work together to establish the house’s footprint, which significantly defines the mass, or shape and scale, of the house. 

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

As the house takes shape, details such as the openings and trim are refined. Using the flat plane of an elevation drawing, the architect or designer is able to work through and verify the relationship of pieces that shape the face of the house. A design’s success is measured largely on the balance of its composition – nothing should be added/removed or enlarged/reduced without spoiling it. It should come as no surprise that the adage, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” is a mainstay among designers.   

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Elevation drawings are emblematic. Unlike floor plans, they’re less abstract and don’t require much translating to comprehend. A well-executed elevation should be both informative and evocative. As basic drawing conventions in the design industry, lines representing building materials (like brick, stone, and siding) are intended to have a tangible quality. Looking at these images, you can recognize characteristics like scale, texture, and reflectiveness as much as you can identify doors, windows, roofs, and columns – even with an “untrained” eye.

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

This is what makes elevations special. In residential design specifically, people are often drawn to and compelled by familiarity and nostalgia. Your home should be a place of comfort and this can be derived, in part, by association – the bay window off your living room reminds you of days waving back to your family as you left the house. Or, the chimney peaking over your roof makes you think of winters spent in front of the fire. These sentimental qualities are powerful and are rooted in visual memories. When working with an architect or choosing a design from a builder, this type of recognition will resonate with you – it will ensure that you not only understand the home you’re building and that it meets your expectations, but it captivates you as well. 

Guest blog courtesy of W.C. Ralston Architects, an architecture and planning firm that has built an enduring reputation for design excellence in homes, neighborhoods and communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at www.wcralston.com.

Design Encyclopedia: Know Your Home’s Roof

Posted: January 30, 2017 at 11:54 am by: NewHomesGuide

The roof is one of the most fundamental elements of building. Beyond “keeping the rain out,” it also has a big impact on the appearance and style of your home. We’ve compiled this brief summary outlining the various conventional roof types found in residential construction. Use it as a guide to orient yourself in your next home purchase so that you can better understand how your home performs and achieve the right look for the style you desire.

Gable

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

The gable roof is iconic – beginning with the first illustrations we make of our homes as children, the simple triangular shape is one of the most universal images of “house” we can imagine. In essence, its functional merits also provide a clear visual for the design – a single ridge and sloped sides that shed water and snow, while providing attic space on the inside. The gable is simple and effective, which is one of the main reasons why it is so prolific in residential building. It is also one of the most versatile roof types, in that a slight change in pitch (steepness or slope) can give your home a completely different appearance, denoting a key trademark of a particular architectural style. Here are a few examples:

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Photo Credit: Tom Fields Photography

Craftsman style homes are often characterized by a wide, single gable with a very low slope. The wide roof overhangs can be traced back to the style’s origins in the western United States, where shading the coastal sun was a key design consideration.

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

A steeper slope can give your home a more Contemporary flair. In this example, its simplicity makes a bold statement.

Hip

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Hipped roofs are sloped on all sides, terminating in either a pyramid-like point or a ridge that spans one direction across the house. Like gabled roofs, their simplicity is a key facet of the design – water sheds evenly to all edges of the roof, making it easy to distribute downspouts around your house and control water drainage on your lot. Because of their shape and assembly, hip roofs tend to be lower and, thus, limit available attic space. The hip shape also limits the amount of exterior finish material needed on your house – if you imagine the “triangle” shape of a typical gable roof being replaced with a hip, you can eliminate all of the siding or brick required to cover that wall surface.

Just as with gable roofs, a change in pitch and overhang can alter the character and style of your home. These variations below are classic takes on the hip roof:

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects

Prairie style homes exude low, horizontal lines. Their roots in the flat plains of the central United States are indicative of the solid, grounded feel these homes possess.

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Image Credit: W.C. Ralston Architects LLC

Georgian style homes lie on the opposite end of the spectrum with large, sweeping hip roofs. Their height gives the appearance of grandeur and anchors the symmetrical openings on either side of the central front door.

Mansard

Photo Credit: Maxine Schnitzer Photography

Photo Credit: Maxine Schnitzer Photography

Another variation on the hipped roof is the mansard. Its popular origins are derived from French architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries, when the government levied property taxes based on the number of stories a building had. The mansard roof was born as a response, tucking a habitable attic space under steep “roof” planes (which function more like walls) that cap the top of the building. Now, mansards are found most typically in urban neighborhoods in an evolved form with ornate details categorized under the Second Empire and Chateau styles. These roofs function just like a hip roof, but have two sloped portions with differing pitches on each side of the home.

Shed

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The most straight-forward and distilled option in roofing vocabulary is the shed. Every component of the design is rooted in a particular function or consideration – from light and heat, to loads and structural assembly, to interior space and acoustics. Shed roofs are ideal for maximizing ceiling height, natural light throughout your home, and the efficiency of your heating/air conditioning system. They can offer the greatest amount of exposure where you want the sun to hit the house and reduce the heat that’s lost through surfaces on the cold, dark side. In terms of style, shed roofs make their appearance in more Contemporary applications, but were originally seen in the earliest, most humble forms of architecture.

Flat

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This classification is actually a bit of a misnomer, as roofs really can’t be “flat” and still effectively function as a means to distribute water off the top of your home. As we’ve explained, roofs rely on a positive slope to prevent the pooling of not only water, but also snow, ice, and leaves. The flat roof is a mainstay of Contemporary architecture, expressing the purest, most minimal way to terminate the walls of a building. In reality though, it is actually one of the most sophisticated roof types in residential construction – requiring multiple complex considerations of the way materials, edges, openings, and loads perform together. In the example above, a small wall around the entire perimeter of the home (parapet) conceals a network of subtle ridges that channel water to several deliberate openings (scuppers) that drain off the roof. The result is a hyper-clean look with only a few carefully curated materials and a shape that is equally bold.

Guest blog courtesy of W.C. Ralston Architects, an architecture and planning firm that has built an enduring reputation for design excellence in homes, neighborhoods and communities across the Mid-Atlantic region. Learn more at www.wcralston.com.

Design Forecast: 4 Big Ideas for 2017

Posted: January 3, 2017 at 3:26 pm by: NewHomesGuide

A new year is upon us! As we leave 2016 behind and set our sights forward, we’ve compiled our list of the top residential design concepts that are ready to make an impact in the year ahead.

1. Clean & Modern

When it comes to home exteriors, this sentiment represents the preference of the overwhelming majority of prospective homebuyers. While one’s interpretation of “modern” seems to differ from person to person, this tends to suggest a couple key elements: clean lines and many (often large) openings. As general concepts, these are not exclusive to the contemporary style and can enhance the appearance and quality of any home.

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As a prime example, Modern Farmhouse is a prolific style that is inherently both traditional and progressive. With roots derived from humble rural vernacular of the American South, these are simple houses with subtle detailing. The monochrome color palette, minimal trim, corrugated metal roof, dark windows, and mitered siding all give them a refined edge while preserving the qualities of their forebearers.
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