- Residential Interior Architecture
- Institutional and Commercial Interiors
- Buildings & Houses
Whether you are building a new home or improving an existing one, there are many ways an architectural firm can help you. An architect should begin with your functional requirements and also with your dreams. Enhancing your unique sense of style is one of the most important factors in designing your home or creating a new experience for your workplace There are many disciplines today’s architect can draw upon to create a environment that is tailored to your lifestyle. After getting to know you and your aims of a project, an architect will create a set of drawings which accurately describe the project; from special flow through a sequence of rooms right down to the doorknobs and everything in between. These drawings layout the entire project for the builder, everything is organized and thought through before construction starts.
Functionality is two-fold . There is functionality in terms of code compliance such as city required handicapped access and fire safety. There is also functionality in terms of optimal space and dimensions. There is usually just the right height for an oven and just the right space between a kitchen island and a countertop. Too much or too little space can each make a function more difficult. Like Goldilocks, you need to find the fit that is just right. The location of a door may have a large impact on the flow of a building plan and the location of windows can greatly affect air flow, maximize sunlight or minimizing heat gain.
Design should respond to both your intellect and your soul. It should make your life a better experience. Great design can calm, sooth, excite and thrill. A good architect will discuss your lifestyle and routine with you. The position of a skylight over a shower can raise your spirits on a Monday morning or a perfectly positioned window from your home office framing a well- tended garden of your favorite flowers will add a relaxing respite from your tasks. In more confined living quarters such as a New York City apartment, it is critical to consider the transition between public and private spaces. Homes should flow and offer varying characteristics- not just be a collection of rooms bumping into each other.
Finishes and Furniture
Today there are countless choices for materials. Colors abound and a myriad of grays are available in paint and wall-covering. Using these materials judiciously will enhance architecture. A well placed feature material can define an area in an open plan or create a floor transition between spaces. Finishes should be considered while planning your layout. Their integration is key to the overall atmosphere.
There is no need to settle for a conventional floor offered by builders. Engineered wood floors using a top veneer of natural wood have made
possible affordable flooring of a wider variety of species while conserving the species as a sustainable resource. If you are interested in other aspects of environmentally sustainable design, your architect will know what finish materials are available that conserve our resources. Today these materials can be downright chic. Even on Park Avenue, I have used tile made from recycled glass with glamorous effect.
Many architects offer interior design services which fuse together the aesthetic components of furniture and décor with the spatial qualities of your home. Iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy integrated the site, the structure, the exterior, the interiors and furniture in to a single work of art.
I have already mentioned how a view from your home may add joy to your environment. There are other ways a well considered landscape can be a game changer. A good landscape design can be pleasing to the eye but can also mitigate extreme climatic factors. Trees will create shade thereby reducing heat impact from the sun and also clean the air. Extending a stone floor from your living space through a glass wall or even French doors to create a patio will also extend the perception of your living space making it seem much larger.
Architecture is a living art. Even the smallest space will benefit from the skill of a good architect.