North Dallas Soft Contemporary Home
William S. Briggs, PLLC, architect
With a new house, you can get exactly what you want. You won’t find yourself restricting your vision to an existing structure; rather you’ll be able to realize bigger and bolder dream when you build a new home. In many cases, you can even choose where the home sits on the plot of land, offering you options in outdoor entertainment and seating.
They’re Called Classics for a Reason
New traditional homes incorporate a lot of open design concepts. Kitchens flow seamlessly into dining rooms and living areas. Parents want to be able to see their children from multiple vantage points. While this openness may seem desirable, it’s important to consider privacy as you design your new home. Closed kitchens keep smells contained and hide dirty dishes from dinner party guests. Don’t get so caught up in what’s trendy now that you make design choices that you won’t appreciate in the long-term.
See the Future
Good homes don’t fall out of fashion. If you have worked with an architect to design a home that focuses on how people will live in the space, you won’t have to worry about future marketability. Even though we may have seen a plethora of Georgian and Tudor homes in the 1990s, and even more French Country homes popping up right now, if those homes were designed with proper scale and proportion then they will stand the test of time. The trouble really begins when builders try to apply a façade or style “veneer” to a home without truly integrating it throughout the home.
Built to Last
A less glamorous part of building a new home is the materials used. You may be tempted to overlook quality as the budget grows, but I would encourage you to remain committed to tried and true materials. You will be living with the same patio pavers for years to come, so it’s important that they be sturdy and break-resistant. The location also plays a role. White carpet may work well in a bedroom, but it has no place in a busy hallway.
In the following two articles in this series, I’m going to discuss the pros and cons to designing a new homes, as well as how the approach to this type of project differs from a regular remodel. I hope you’ll join me as we discover the seemingly limitless potential of a new construction home.
William S. Briggs, Architect, PLLC