What Makes A Good Home Design?

A home design from an architect’s point of view is not just brick walls painted with expensive colors and finishes. There are many factors involved while designing any architectural building.

Architect’s prefer two types of approaches while designing a home building. In the first type the architect focuses on the requirements of the client as far as number of spaces, style, budget is concerned. He may discuss various aspects with his client and come up with a unique home design that is the best possible solution for the needs of his client.

On the other hand some architects think the opposite way. They first visualize the complete form of the home building and then “fit” the necessary spaces inside this form in the best possible way. One of
the best examples of this type of designs is the “Guggenheim Museum” in New York designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

This museum designed has been derived from an inverted cone form pointing down at the ground. The rest of the museum spaces have been very creatively “fitted” in the cone shape without disturbing the
massing of the cone itself. This type of design practice requires a great deal of command on visualization and designing of circulation spaces within the building.

So which of the above two is the correct method? Both are correct methods, that is because the success of any building design is not dependent upon the methods of design but the comfort levels of the residents.

If a home building can not provide basic comforts to the residents like fresh air circulation, ample sunlight, clear circulation spaces, then it can be said to be a failure. Fulfilling these basic requirements of a home design is not at all dependent on expensive construction methods.

Even a low cost home building can be a great design that makes full use of all the natural resources to make the residents comfortable. That is why a good design does not mean “expensive design”. In the
modern contemporary design styles simplicity is the key to better design and interiors. The design that can solve the basic functional problem as well as triggers the emotional impulse in the user is considered a good design.

Architects Can Help Get Your Home Design Approved

The general consensus about Oxford architects is that you only need to hire one when you are going to build a brand new home or building from scratch. However there are many more times that a good quality Oxford architecture company would be a real hand to aid you in your home design and save you time and money by using their expert knowledge. You should really have an architect you use and that will be on hand to help you out with your various projects.

If you’re looking to redesign the layout of your downstairs living room, have a loft conversion, turn a bedroom into a bathroom, turn you garage into a living space or simply redesign the whole interior of your home then you really should seek the help of a Oxford architect. They’ll be able to clearly see what could be done with the space you have and how to best break it down into rooms and kitchens etc.

They will take your ideas and put them into an actual design, without accurate designs it will be both hard to show these to local councils to approve and to brief builders on what kind of work you want doing on your home. Architects have expert knowledge and can come up with genius ideas as how to best utilize your living area that you would never had thought of.

Once your architects has drawn up the designs for your house they will present them to local councils and as discussed before the likelihood if they will be approved because the Oxford architecture agency would have designed the plans with local building regulations in mind. They will have dealt with local councils before and are experienced in this area.

Having your Oxford architects draw up the designs and present to local councils can save you a lot of time. This is because if you were to do your own amateur designs they could include elements that are not allowed by local councils. Some people do not even know there are local building regulations and proceed with a building projects that does not abide to them; this means that the build will be stopped once the local council find out. The build will have to be knocked down. This can waste a LOT of peoples money and time! Also if you are going to do a design that abides by local regulations you will have to trawl through loads of paperwork to see what you can and cannot do, it’s much quicker to allow an Oxford architect to do them.

How To Purchase Artwork For Your Home: An Interior Designer’s Perspective

As an interior designer, I have spent years searching the art markets for my interior design clients in Sarasota, Florida, Washington, DC, and New York.

The phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” is never as true as it is with art. Even educated and knowledgeable art critics can have divergent views on a particular piece of art.

Sometimes art is selected because the viewer interprets it as pleasant, calming, beautiful, technically well-produced, shocking, avant-garde, valuable, or as a good investment for resale. All of this art can be “good”, if it is simply selected due to personal preference or intent.

Generally, the person who is new to art will select a piece that is pleasant or beautiful. They may not know the techniques used or even care; they just like the art for its decorative value. This is wonderful – art should be a part of everyone’s life whether one is an art expert or not.

Some collectors like avant-garde art which can often be outrageous, sometimes arousing, or simply something new. Some of this avant-garde art is not understood by either the novice or the professional. But it is a new expression and often offers us a new way of looking at something mundane or “everyday”. New expression is good. Often it leads to greater and more accomplished expression.

This point is easy to illustrate especially with the contemporary art of the sixties and seventies. Lots of canvases were painted, some just all white or of another color, and lots of stripes (The Washington Color School) or splatters of paint (a la Jackson Pollock and Clifford Still). It is easy to say, “I could have done that,” and lots of us could have. But, the artists did it first, and by doing it first, got credit for starting the trend, helping us see things in a new way.

Then there is intellectual art, which can easily fall into the avant-garde category. Intellectual art is a thoughtful and deep manifestation by the artist which some people can comprehend and others cannot. Often, it is understood by studying or knowing the artist, so one can appreciate the elements of the art and what the artist is trying to convey.

In the upper echelons of art, technique becomes more important. Old Masters are celebrated because of breakthroughs in technique or style for their era. For instance, Vermeer used light in a new way, Renoir was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style, and Picasso is known for his founding role in the Cubist movement.

There is endless advice on why and how to buy art. Some people believe that art gains value when it changes hands, so there is the investment angle. Others say to buy art that challenges you, buy what makes you feel good or buy from artists you admire or know.

My advice is: buy the best art you can afford for whatever your strategy or for whatever your reasoning happens to be.

Buying art, and having art, enhances your daily life, supports the community of artists and art dealers, and opens up your world. And artists are fun and interesting people!

The next time there is an art opening on Palm Avenue or Fifth Street, take advantage of this wonderful social, intellectual, and eye-opening experience. Go and enjoy!

Visit studios, open the lines of communication with artists and dealers, and get involved. It is great fun, stimulating and who knows! Maybe you’ll come home with the next Picasso or Renoir!