Architectural Design Principles That Make Sense


Which Architectural Design Principles make Sense?

By following a few easy design principles you can be sure that your home space is comfortable, elegant and long lasting.


Maybe the most important element when creating the desired atmosphere in any space. It’s probably also the most ignored. Natural filtered sunlight is the most pleasing during the day. In the evening, even distribution of light and location of fixtures is more important than the light fixture itself. LED has come a long way in a short period of time with the color rendition of the bulbs, warm, cool and bright qualities let you create the right amount of light whether it’s for task oriented applications like closets, office, kitchen and bath or soothing, dimmer light for relaxed areas like the living room and bedrooms.


As previously mentioned light and in particular energy to heat the home should come from natural elements like the sun, wind and water.

Net-zero energy.  

Buildings with net-zero energy consumption means the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of the renewable energy on the site, thus contributing less greenhouse gas. They do at times consume non-renewable energy consumption and greenhouse gas production elsewhere by the same amount. Most net-zero energy homes get haly or more of their energy from the grid, and return the amount at other times.


Mid-century modern design in particular, utilizes a horizontal line. Low, one story ranch style homes like those built by Eichler in the 1950’s typically had eight foot ceilings. Post and beam framing lends itself to straight and perpendicular lines. Curvilinear shapes are not considered for functional design, but rather as adornment and decoration in more traditional French and English styles.

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