I think we can all agree that in most cases, people love the location where they choose to put their forever home. That being the case, why not incorporate some of the local surroundings into the design of the home? Where you choose to create this home is a reflection of you, so this is just an extension of bespoke living.
More and more people today are looking to make their homes part of the local environment, if that makes sense. Let me give you an example of something contrarian to make my point. You would not design a log cabin home in a Philadelphia neighborhood, right? So why would you then want a big concrete square in the middle of an Oregon pasture? Think adobe homes in the southwest or chalets in the Alps… the home can still be unique while also blending into the local environment.
The outside of the home does not always have to completely integrate with the inside of the home and your garden area. The inside of the home should truly reflect who you are, so this is your chance to integrate your heritage into some aspects of the design. I have a friend who married a Japanese woman and they live in Texas, while she designed the interior to celebrate her Japanese heritage, she incorporated some aspects of Texas into that to create a truly unique and beautiful home. By the time you walk from one end of the home to the outside patio, there is no doubt a Texan and Japanese person live inside that home.
A great way to incorporate that local feel is by using locally sourced materials. For example, create a dining room or coffee table with reclaimed wood from a local barn or bamboo from the nearby forest. I think you get where we are going with this idea.
Consider Your Climate
This may not be something you initially considered, but you really need to consider the local climate and how the season’s change can impact the design of the home. For instance, an all-glass front may seem great, but when that summer sun comes barreling through or you cannot keep the house warm in the winter because the glass is so cold, you will regret it.
This is something in particular where a construction consultant can help advise and work out a plan to ensure your home is “climate” friendly.
Sense of Community
A home that reflects the local area will quickly become a neighborhood favorite. You will be amazed at how people react as well as become inspired by such a design. Your home literally becomes a talking point for the local community as well as a source of pride.
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