Design adds value to your homes and communities in terms of dollars and cents, but its value is deeper than monetary. Read these design secrets, and get inspired!
- Minimize the view of front-loaded garages.
Lessen the impact of a front-loaded garage by pushing it back behind the face of the building.
- Keep it simple — minimize the number of gables and steps on a building’s roof.
A building with a simple roof is easier to build and looks better than one with endless gables and steps in and out.
- Use common sense — ask yourself, could it work?
It doesn’t matter if it actually works; it just needs to look like it could work. Could the shutters really close?
- Avoid double-height entrances.
Your front entrance is the most important element of your house because it’s the point where people enter and leave, but it doesn’t need to be over-the-top. The best entrances are ones that tell us where the door is and keep water off us while we are waiting to enter.
- Use vertically proportioned windows.
Use windows on the sides of your house and make sure all windows are proportionate. Common ratios of window openings are 1:2 and 3:5.
- Use color and texture, rather than additional elements.
Color and texture add life to the streetscape and enhance the value of a house.
- Build sustainable buildings.
Carefully select materials that are sustainable and design homes that are timeless.