The Norman countryside is filled with chateaus whose architectural elements have proven timeless. From the peaceful lanes of Bayeux, of the bustling avenues of Caen, these homes stand as treasured testaments to the everlasting beauty of the past as these storied structures blend with the ever changing present.
The Norman architecture being built today has its roots in the 11th and 12th centuries when castles and manors were built to reflect the financial prowess and community standing of the owner. As such, Norman structures feature intricate stonework, friezes, and fine details that are brought together to personalize the space and reflect the interests of the person and the family.
Within, Norman homes feature plenty of focal points and points of interest. For example, exposed ceiling beams are commonly stained or painted a different color than the wall and ceiling. This creates interest and visual appeal from a purely structural element. Furthermore, Norman homes in the 1200s didn’t have electric lighting. As such, they were rather dark and their stone construction made them rather imposing. To make them more impressive than imposing, modern designers include hanging chandeliers, wall sconces, and modern layered lighting techniques that flood the rooms with light making them wonderfully cheery places to relax or entertain guests.
It truly is the fine details and finishing touches that give your home a touch of Normandy that is genuinely memorable. The intricately carved mantel framing the herringbone pattern of the fireplace , the gentle scrollwork lining the banister, and the tile patterns in the kitchen and the bathroom are what make Norman style so timeless and charming.
Gelotte Hommas can help you build a Norman estate anywhere in the world. We invite you to contact us at 425-828-3081 for more information about our firm and the services we have to offer.