A More Dramatic Curve

On Tuesday we featured doorways with curves- from just a hint to dramatic. Now let’s take a look at larger curved windows that make a bigger impact on the architecture of a home.

English Craftsman

The rectangular windows of the craftsman home are typical to many houses. They let in ample light and fit the traditional design but what if you want something more. With tall ceilings it is easy to add more windows. Sure, more rectangular windows could have worked but the semicircle brings much more interest and fun to the home.

The Garaj Mahal

Unlike the previous picture, where a rectangular window could have surfaced, nothing less than a large rounded window would work on this garage. The window mimics the curved beam overhead and makes the central focal point of the building. And when the garage door is closed there is still a great deal of natural light inside.

Glass

But the most important part of any window is the view that it affords from inside. If the curved windows in this living room were replaced with a solid wall, such a wonderful view of the sky would not be possible. All windows let in light and views but some can also add whimsy and interest to a home. So when you are dreaming of your ideal home don’t forget to consider a variety of window options to bring out the beauty of the space.

Escape to the Mountains in Contemporary Style

Mountains are majestic. Meadows are relaxing. Put them together and you have the perfect location for a home- a Mountain Meadow. This contemporary home is designed to blend into the surrounding landscape and be as unobtrusive as possible, however, this does not compromise the view nor the style one bit.

Mountain Style Pacific Northwest Architecture

A low concrete wall divides the home into two sections. One side has tall ceilings with large windows that capture the stunning view. The other side contains the smaller and more private rooms of the home. Both sides have a clean and modern style.

House in a Mountain Meadow

A wall of windows and a multitude of skylights mean this home is awash in natural light whenever the sun is up. But when it goes down the views are just as stunning.

House in a Mountain Meadow

Contemporary homes are versatile and can be designed to fit beautifully into a variety of landscapes. There are few constraints on how bold or subtle a modern home can be and new materials are being produced to last longer and still look amazing.

Updated View

Remodeling a home can take as much work, if not more, than designing and building one from scratch. To be done properly, the remodel must take the original structure and meld new ideas and materials with it to create a cohesive design. The Lakefront Spender home is an excellent example of taking an uninspiring original design and creating a luxurious and contemporary new space.

Patio

This home began its life as a monochromatic box in the 1980’s. To revitalize the structure, new materials were added for texture and color. Rich wood paneling gives the home a warmer and more inviting feeling while pergolas above the patios add interest and change the shape of the home.

Color palette #4

Adding more color to the home was an important element of the remodel but it had to be the right color. The graphic above shows the color palettes used for three different areas of the home. Even though they have distinct color palettes the overall tone is the same and there are no jarring differences in color when transitioning from one space to another.

Lakefront Splendor

As mentioned previously, details were very important for this project. Here you can see a section of stairs and railing. This style of open floating stairs were popular when the home was built but the elegant wood of the step and industrial metal of the railing create a decidedly contemporary look.

Remodeling an existing structure has its constraints but a creative architect can see the potential in the bones and design an exquisite new home.

Indoor/Outdoor

Spring is officially here but that does not mean the weather will cooperate with what the calendar says. Chilling mornings give way to sunny afternoons which turn into cool evenings. These changes mean that sitting out on an open patio is still to cold but you don’t want to miss out on all that sun. This dilemma can be solved with a four season room. Have a look at these examples below.

This four season room is styled more like a porch with the same brickwork floor as the rest of the patio. However, when the temperature drops the glass walls can be slid into place and the fire stoked to create a casual room with a stunning view. Rooms like this are great for parties or as a place to get out of the sun but still feel the cooling breeze.

 

This quaint cottage style room would be the perfect art studio. Who wouldn’t take up painting just to spend time in this beautiful room? Accordion windows on three sides open up to let in air and the view. This space could also double as party central with appetizers on the counters and bartenders inside to serve drinks.

Four season rooms as very versatile and great for areas that have capricious weather. Whether large or small they are a fun and functional addition to any home.

 

Bungalow on the Beach

Bungalows and beaches go together like surf and sand. The definition of a bungalow is a low house, with a broad front porch, and if it does have a second story then it is recessed into the roof with dormer windows. Generally these houses are on a smaller scale, used as vacation homes or just situated in a place where the occupants plan to spend more time outdoors than in. This home, however, has some high end upgrades and spectacular details that make it a cut above your average beach flophouse.

Instead of a second, story tall ceilings were included to give the home a more spacious feeling on the inside. Then craftsman style details were added for that extra wow factor. Beautiful tree trunks were used as the supporting columns for the house which were then placed on top of large stones for a unique look. On the cross beams iron fasteners were used to enhance the hand crafted feel of the home.

For the living room an over-sized stone fireplace was constructed which brings warmth to the room when the wind starts to howl. The wood and ironwork motifs are continued in this room, and throughout the home, to create a unified feeling.

Overall this home creates a wonderfully relaxing retreat with great style and design. It proves that if it can be designed, it can be built.

A Piece of Cape Cod in the Pacific Northwest

The Cape Cod house has a history dating back to the 17th century. They have a very charming style which features wood shingling on the roof as well as the exterior walls. This gives the home a rustic and welcoming design. While the Cape Cod home featured below retains many of the classic characteristics of its namesake style, there are also a few added elements to make it a unique pacific northwest property.

A typical Cape Cod home has simple angles and a small porch area. To add interest to this home more angles were incorporated into the design, including the quintessential ‘barn’ outline. The double story round porch is also a feature not often seen in more traditional homes of this style.

To take advantage of the expansive view an ‘eyebrow’ window was integrated into the design of the living room. This fun element lets in light as well as being a visual focal point for the room.

This gorgeous kitchen might be described as a ‘galley kitchen’ because of its long thin design but without walls on both sides it is an open and breezy space. In fact, the kitchen and living room are one large space which is only separated by the long counter top. This configuration lends itself well to entertaining and keeping an eye on little ones while making dinner.

While this home may not conform to the traditional ideals of a Cape Cod home does seamlessly blend elements of east coast and west coast style. If you are thinking of building a home that reflects your specific needs then contact Gelotte Hommas Architects and start planning your dream home.

 

Normandy Style Home Interior Designs

Gelotte Hommas Architecture has created lovely homes with Normandy's appeal.
Gelotte Hommas Architecture has created lovely homes with Normandy’s appeal.

Enjoy the style and appeal of Normandy ever day when you design your home with this classic city’s character. Gelotte Hommas Architecture has created lovely homes with Normandy’s appeal. The following design elements are a few of the any we suggest incorporating into your plans.

  • A Traditional Stone Exterior – You’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to Normandy when you pull up to your home’s exterior. Natural stone gives the home a classic, vintage look. Plenty of windows, framed in neutral brown, allow light to shine into the house.
  • Creamy Stone Walls – Carrying on the stone look throughout the interior makes the home look cohesive. It also provides a neutral backdrop, to which you can add other neutral-colored furniture and accessories.
  • Exposed Ceiling Beams – Nothing says rustic, rural Normandy like exposed ceiling beams. They add a touch of darker color to your otherwise light-colored interior, and they help emphasize the spaciousness of your rooms.
  • Open Staircases – Open staircases also contribute to the spacious appeal of a traditional Normandy home. Just imagine how amazing you’ll look while walking down an open staircase — especially one with a bend or an elbow. Iron railings add even more character.
  • Shiny Hardwood Floors – Hardwood floors match your exposed wood ceiling beams, giving your home a sense of balance. Choose a medium finish for the most authentic look, or a dark one if you want to create more of a contrast. Hardwood gives your living room and kitchen a very home-like appeal.

If you’re ready to design your Normandy style home, contact the talented architects at Gelotte Hommas Architecture. We’ll be happy to discuss these and other ideas that will give your home the traditional look you crave.