When building your new home there are so many things to consider. Where to start? Here are a few of our favourite places and features…
The Living Space
This is where you will likely spend most of your time. It’s where everyday life happens at home. It generally contains your kitchen a dining area and a lounge space (in no particular order). From a design point of view your living space should be a blend of light, space and the elusive concept of flow. You cook in the kitchen area, dine at the table or island, relax in the lounge or seamlessly access your garden.
Where possible the living space of your new home should make the best use of your view and light. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. It spends the rest of the day in the South. Your living space needs to capture as much natural light as possible.
Living Space Examples:
In our view ‘the most important room in your house’. This is the engine room, A house and in particular a living space will never reach its full potential if this room isn’t adequately sized and allocated. Features we love include:
- A wash area for children returning from sport.
- A dog shower for your best friend.
- Personalised lockers for your children’s sporting gear.
- Surf fin hooks for hanging towels.
- A shower room to wash off the salt water post-surf.
- Combining larder and utility room to become a back kitchen.
Untility Room Examples:
This is the look and theme of the outside of your new home. Elevations have changed so much over time and certainly in a more pronounced way to interior design. In the old days houses were designed from the outside-in. Buildings were generally square or rectangular in plan as the simplest structures to build. Today the best homes are designed from the inside out (align your living space to the sun and flowing to your garden, add all the other key rooms downstairs and upstairs) Wrapping it all up externally becomes your elevation. In the dawn of architect designed homes in Ireland contemporary architecture burst onto our sites. This is still the case today and most architects will default to this design. An extension of this is what we called modern classical architecture where classical themes are reintroduced with modern finishes to giving a modern, clean and energy efficient interpretation of these classics.
Where to start? There are so many to choose from. Well. let’s simplify it a little. You only know how good your roof is when you get heavy weather. In Ireland that’s rain, wind or occasionally snow. Your roof needs to be able to withstand these elements and allow for easy maintenance in Autumn when the leaves fall. A pitched roof is generally the most cost effective solution and ticks al the boxed above. Your pitched roof can be hipped or a straight gable. (This depends on style and design limitations)
A flat or mono-pitched roof is often used in single storey elements allowing for view from upper windows where a pitched roof might obscure. Flat roof don’t really leak any more but none the less they are not a very forgiving design when under the pressure of a flash flood!
Mono-pitched roof when done well can really set off your elevation and allow the architecture to breath without a pitched roof competing with the overall look.
Simply put we all know a stairs takes you from A to B or rather from ground floor to first floor. But of course there is so much more to a stairs than this. A stairs can set-off a whole house entry. Will it be simple and minimalistic or will it be your centrepiece with glass balustrades, half landing leading to a mezzanine on the first floor where you can admire the chandelier? A lot comes down to the homeowner. There are understated people who will view a stairs as functional, there are those who will view a stairs as an opportunity to express their personality, almost like no other piece of their home!
Features we love…
- The larder
- The log store
- The walk-in Wardrobe
- The laundry chute
- The shampoo shelf
- The window seat
- The curved banastairs
- The chandelier
- The canopy
- The corner window
- The sliding door
- The fire pit