6 current trends in residential architecture

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As trends continue to evolve, so does contemporary architecture. Trends determine how our personal space will inspire our lives and create moods for the industry. Here are the new trends that are influencing the world of residential architecture:

Kitchens sit central

Kitchens are now the hub of every home, and keep continuing to get bigger and better. Spacious kitchens with seating areas are more popular than ever, while dining rooms are beginning to fade out.

Inside and outside blend

Rooms are now blending into the outdoors to create larger spaces and increasing natural lighting. This benefits us as outdoor elements create a refreshed and calm area, allowing us to feel at one with the earth.

Open space

Rooms with four walls are now becoming open spaces without obstructions. These spaces create minimalistic interior design concepts that can be applied to multiple floors to create an enlarging effect. 

Eco design

Today’s homes are being designed to ensure healthier and more energy efficient interiors. Using sustainable fabrics and design, homes can effectively eliminate harmful fumes and chemicals. 

Flexible spaces 

With open concept designs becoming increasingly popular, more and more architects are designing flexible rooms that have the ability to transform into a new area without the costs of a renovation or a complete makeover.

Large windows

Adding large windows helps to bring the outdoors in and provides natural daylight. However, windows are not just aesthetically pleasing but can contribute to an eco-friendly home. Large windows with e-glass help to reduce artificial lighting while also obstructing heat and harmful UV rays.

 

Article source – http://philkeandesigns.com/

 

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5 architectural tricks to enhance an open-plan space

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It is becoming increasingly popular to create an open-plan living environment, but many spaces can seem flat and soulless. It is important that your architect designs a space that creates different zones through interior devices such as floor levels, furniture, windows and so on. These layers can scale up the perception of space and create more interesting rooms.

Here are 5 tricks to a perfect open space –

Create zones –

People may think that open plan living spaces cannot have varying zones. However, changes in flooring styles, levels, ceiling finish or furniture are just a few ways to contribute to a successful open plan living space.

Create views –

Creating different views from each area of the open space will open up your interior and give an illusion of a much greater space and depth than would otherwise be felt. 

Go for visual separation –

When renovating or extending a building, create a clear separation between new and existing materials. This creates a sense that you are passing from one space to another. This trick can be very dramatic and effective in both small and large properties.

Use daylight as a highlighter –

Bringing daylight into the home will hugely maximise the sense of space. However, this needs to be thought through as too much daylight can drown everything out, reducing the impact of your carefully created layers. Use daylight to highlight points, views and visual separation.

Use an island to give purpose to individual spaces –

This is one of the most common ways to define zones within an open plan space. By making a clear guideline of where the different zones are, you can get the benefits of openness while retaining a domestic scale.

 

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Fabric first

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A ‘fabric first” approach to building design concentrates on maximising the performance of the components and materials that make up the building fabric. This allows you to achieve well-built thermal and energy efficient elements that help reduce capital and operational costs and lower carbon emissions. The fabric first method can also reduce the need for maintenance during the building’s life.

Buildings designed and constructed using this method aim to minimise the need for energy consumption through their processes such as:

-Maximising air-tightness

-Using Super-high insulation

-Optimising solar gainthrough the provision of openings and shading

-Optimising natural ventilation

-Using the thermal mass of the building fabric

-Using energy from occupants, electronic devices, cookers and so on

A fabrics first approach is considered to be more sustainable than installing energy saving technology or renewable energy generation later on. This can be expensive and may not be used efficiently by the consumer.

Having energy efficient materials integrated into the building means that occupants are required to do less to operate their energy efficient building, creating fewer changes to their living habits.

Fabric first building systems can be constructed off site so they are likely to be higher quality and therefore have better performance, lower labour costs and increased build speed.

Both the government and Passivhaus, an energy performance standard for dwellings, commercial, industrial and public buildings, have adopted a fabric-first approach to energy efficiency and believe it is the way forward in the construction industry.

 

Article source: www.designingbuildings.co.uk

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Flockton private residential project has reached completion

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We have kept you updated on the development of this property located in Flockton and are pleased to see it reach completion.

The modern design was a replacement detached new build within a greenbelt area. The build is in-keeping with its surroundings yet uses the latest innovative and sustainable technology systems in order to considerably reduce energy demand considerably.

Both ourselves and the owners are extremely happy with the end result and we wish them all the best in their new property!