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Ten Principles of Good Home Design

The design process for everything we create – homes, tee shirts, coffee makers – is guided by recognized values of some sort. How those values are interpreted by the designer is what makes the difference between good and bad design.

Everyone has their own taste, their own idea of what’s appealing, and we often disagree about what we like. But we probably can agree on the values we use to create good design.

So what are the principles of good home design? Here are my top ten:

farmhouse family room

Sunbeam Family Farmhouse

If you’ve shopped for organically-grown produce at a farmer’s market in central Ohio, or dined at a local restaurant, you’ve likely tasted something delicious from the Sunbeam Family Farm. This 10-acre operation is a model of sustainable vegetable production and responsible land stewardship.

RTA Studio was asked to design the family’s home, on the site of a demolished home from a previous farming operation.

prairie ranch remodel kitchen

REmodel; REnovate; REstore; What’s the Difference?

Clear communication between owner, contractor, and Architect is critical to a successful home design project.  Agreement on some simple definitions is a good place to start.

Remodeling” is often broadly used to describe any kind of change to an existing house.  Technically it’s more accurate to say that remodel means to change the character of a house or a portion of a house.

These 4 Keys Are Essential When Choosing A Site For Your House

Great home design always starts with the site – a truly special home is never designed first, then placed on the property. That’s because good home design responds to the site in ways that improve the quality of the home and the experience of daily living.

So it’s important to carefully evaluate possible building sites before you start designing, and a good place to start is with the four “S‘s” – Slope, Sun, Soil, and Sewer.

How To Choose the Right Outdoor Decking Material

The materials and finishes that you use on the interior of your home requires cleaning and occasional maintenance; you dust, you vacuum, you mop-n-glo to keep them looking good and long lasting. Without too much effort you can stay ahead of the wear and tear from your kids and pets.

Materials on the outside, however take a daily beating from the sun, wind, rain, temperature changes, and other environmental elements (in addition to your kids and dogs).

Those materials need a great deal more care and maintenance but that can be reduced somewhat by selecting the proper materials to suit your goals.

Choosing a Home Builder is an Important Decision – Here’s How to Get it Right

It’s the question every client asks at some point during the design process: “What builders do you recommend?”

Many people who are considering building a new home worry more about choosing a builder even before they think about the Architect, the house design, decorating, a property to build on, or anything else.

Why? Because ultimately, the builder is the one responsible for getting it done right; the guy you’ll be writing the really big checks to.