Architecture / June 12, 2018 /
We have all seen McMansions, they have one thing in common–they focus all of the quality on the front of the building with brick or stone or gables or arched windows. Meanwhile the sides and rear are completely devoid of character (quality) and so become bland vinyl-clad sides of a box that are truly ugly. But here is the motivator behind this: the decrease in quality allows the McMansion to increase in size. This happens in the interior, too. The volume of one big open room can seem impressive, but where are the cozy spaces for intimate conversations? Where can you get away to relax and read a book? Do you want everyone who is come for a holiday dinner to see all the dirty dishes used to prepare the meal? Is there a smart, discrete place for the powder room? At first glance, the larger home at the same price seems to be an excellent value, but there are things to consider when sacrificing other elements of a home for size. These show up in many, many ways including: Enjoyment of Your Home, Resale Value, bigger does not mean more value, Maintenance, Energy Bills
You do not live at the front door, the front elevation is very important, but so is the rear elevation. The back of the home is where you grill, entertain guests, and spend time with your family; it needs to look and feel great, too. Be thoughtful about how your house can help improve your mood and daily efficiency. All home design should focus on the day-to-day aspects of everyday life: coming into a welcoming, naturally lit mudroom (which I call a family foyer) from the garage is far better than entering your home directly into a laundry room with a pile of dirty clothes. Have a place to put keys, mail, sunglasses, hats, sports equipment, coats and gloves. I promise that by not having these items clutter your kitchen counters, it will improve your mood. You deserve to look forward to years of contentment and joy from your new or renovated home. Find the right balance and also consider: Circulation and flow, Interior vistas, and The orientation of your home to the sun. A breakfast table that sits in a warm and sunny spot every morning is a welcoming start to the day.