Architects are more than glorified designers of tall buildings and unusual structures. They are specialists who design contemporary modern homes to meet the owners specific needs and lifestyle. Part of designing a home, is the impact on the surrounding environment and how it fits into the property it is situated on.
Today’s architects are also conscious of the materials they use. Intentionally added are environmentally friendly systems built into the green homes. There are unique spaces to be designed. They work together with builders to create an interior space that is full of natural light, open air and interior living quarters to house one person a small family, or multi-generational families. There are also architectural services in Kent that design outdoor living spaces complete with sitting areas, kitchens, greenhouses and garden spaces that fit seamlessly into the landscape. An architect does more than create buildings, they design living spaces from standard to luxury. (Vernacular Homes can help you through the entire process, so please don’t hesitate to call us on 01233 861177).
Architects do more than design pretty buildings
When people think of architects, they often see tall buildings crammed together in a large city, possibly with lots of glass, metal and hundreds of floors. Some may imagine houses that fit neatly into a subdivision, cookie cutter in design. The main difference being, that the front door has moved from right to left. Outdoor living spaces consist of a concrete slab.
The truth of the matter, is that along with design, they also need to make sure it is feasible, functional and environmentally friendly. The final design needs to integrate into the surrounding area as well as meeting client expectations. They are always learning about new technologies, and construction materials that are environmentally friendly or green. There are paints, flooring and building materials that can create a toxic environment. Forward thinking architects, along with the building companies they work with, will select less toxic materials, to create a healthier living space. Many incorporate solar elements for alternative energy, and energy efficient materials into the design elements.
Architects create homes, not just houses
The definition of family has changed in the past 20 years and this can impact the design of the home. If there is a multi-generational element to the family, does the space accommodate those with physical restrictions and the elders needs? Should there be more than one living space to allow for privacy and common areas for everyone to gather? The flow of rooms, multiple levels and natural lighting are important.
The kitchen and dining areas can be designed to draw the family and guests in. Laundry rooms used to be hidden away in basements that were dark and inconveniently located. Many homes now have laundry facilities on more than one floor, closer to the sleeping and dressing areas.
Architects design indoor and outdoor spaces
There is the belief that an architect is only concerned with the building, how it looks and what is going on inside the structure. But the reality is, Kent architects look at the property and surrounding areas. If the property is small and on a slope, what is the best design for the property? They must also be aware of building restrictions, requirements and end result impact.
They can design outdoor living spaces that extend the living and entertaining quarters. When adding outdoor elements, they increase the functionality of the home. It will not only maximize the usage of the property, but will draw people outdoors. Swimming pools for exercise, relaxation and play, seating areas for social interactions or rest, and outdoor kitchens that change the way you think about dinner and entertaining. After being inside office and school buildings all day, an outdoor living area can become an oasis in the middle of a busy life.
At the end of a busy day, a well designed house will draw the family back home. When they walk in through the front door, they should enter a retreat from the world. Natural light replaces the fluorescent bulbs they sat under all day. They will shed the stresses of the world from their shoulders and rejuvenate, recharge and relax. A well designed living space provides an oasis to come home to.
If you’re thinking about a building project in Kent, or indeed East Sussex or Surrey that requires an experienced design and build firm for your self build, restoration/renovation, barn conversion or major extension, call Trevor Weeks on 01233 861177.