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Most people would agree that a home designed solely to look good, and a home designed with only the utilities you needed, and no embellishment, would both be undesirable to live in. While the latter would be the better choice, the drab surroundings and lack of personality would be tiring after a while.
Thankfully, no one is forcing you to make that choice, but it is important to consider how to balance both aesthetics and utility in your design to enjoy a property you can happily reside in for years. This not only presents a worthwhile renovative challenge but also asks you what kind of home you wish to live in, and how to balance both of these ideals.
In this post, we’ll suggest a few measures you can consider in your next renovation effort, hopefully making the planning process simpler, or presenting more realistic goals to your architect so they can present better blueprints for your construction plans.
Without further ado, let’s get started:
Window Settings Are Essential
WIndows really do dictate the exterior aesthetic of your home, even with unique sliding and other fixtures, they will provide the large scale character of how your space is perceived. But it’s important to realize that windows don’t have to be singular fixtures, they can also serve a purpose regarding the dimensions of your home. For instance, bay windows with two side window slats for square outcroppings of your home design can work with the unique dimensions of your property, while fixtures designed to secure your home more properly, like with hurricane resistant windows, can also have a positive effect.
Consider Your Treeline & Exterior Construction Capabilities
Treelines are important to consider because their roots can grow quite intensively underground, and that will determine how you build exterior constructions or extend your property as you intend to. Maintaining them, and sometimes uprooting them, could be important. In addition to this, it’s important to consider how those exterior constructions help define your home, and if they should be connected with garden paths, a driveway, or even a fixed corridor addition that works between the two spaces. As you can see, often the aesthetic is not just an additional design, but also an essential part of the planning.
Utility First, Aesthetics Second
When it comes to choosing a new addition to the home, it’s always best to use a checklist to tick off if it’s suitable or not. For instance, you might ask if a new outdoor hot tub is feasible to be used. If so, where on the decking should it be placed, and what are the dimensions? Might you need to extend the decking? How about the power, where will it run from and how can you protect those wires to make sure it’s safe? When cleaning, will that water spill down below the deck, or can it be carefully funneled? Then we can consider the size, shape and look, for instance if we’re to embed it, when those questions have been answered. This might sound obvious, but it’s easy to forget that when shopping for a new item. Keep that checklist to hand, and you’ll never go wrong.
With this advice, we hope you can balance aesthetics and utility in your home, hopefully in the best way.