Get to Know the Architect’s Toolbox: Using Scale

Scale and proportion are among the most important tools architects use when designing a home. When used correctly, these calculations are used to create a structure that relates to the natural landscape and to the people that will utilize and enjoy it.

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At the heart of the calculation is what is referred to as the “golden ratio.” This mathematical equation is used to create structures that are aesthetically pleasing and can be seen in structures ranging from the Parthenon to the houses that dot the American landscape. Ultimately, this ratio is used to determine the proper sized features and accessories for a home so that when completed everything comes together as a complete package rather than as a series of individual elements.

Naturally, scale and proportion are also used to draw attention to various elements of a home. Features such as grand fireplaces, high ceilings, sharp roof lines, and floor to ceiling windows can provide a connection to the natural landscape that is simply stunning. As long as the proper scale is used, the home will appear to simply spring forth from the building site.

Finally, scale is also used to trick the eyes and the senses by making open spaces feel smaller, and by making closed spaces feel larger. The end result being that regardless of the size of the home, considering “human scale” creates a structure that people can relate to and feel comfortable within.

Designing a home for the first or tenth time is always a challenge. Gelotte Hommas Architecture has the skills and experience needed to make your design visions a reality and we encourage you to contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you.

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