Designing a Custom Luxury Home Step Three: Exterior Elevations, Ceiling, and Roof
Over the last few weeks, we have shared steps one and two of designing a custom luxury home. The next step in our architectural design process is step three: to begin working on the exterior elevations of your home, including the ceiling and roof design. These are areas of homes that frequently don’t receive as much attention as warranted. At Fratantoni Design we like to do things differently, paying special attention to these areas.
Elevation design sets the aesthetic of the house and the standard of what you’re looking for ultimately, which should carry over into the interior of the home. It’s where your home begins to take shape. Visions go from 2D architectural plans to 3D renderings created in programs like Sketchup. Thus where you begin to see the home’s true form emerging. 3D renderings can include the different materials that will be utilized to give a realistic portrayal of colors, textures, and finishes. Such as brick, stucco, stone, siding, etc., to enhance each area’s overall look and feel. At this point in step three of designing a custom luxury home, you will begin to see the style come to life.
Establishing which materials clients prefer, the placement of those materials, and the style of roof pitches can greatly affect the home’s overall appearance. Modern homes typically have more of a flat roofline with clean, sharp lines. Whereas a pitched roof has different design styles and many options geared toward different architectural styles. A roofline says a lot about a home and helps to further define its style.
What you decide about your home’s layout and lot placement will also determine many factors in the home. Such as spatially planning for the desired number of square feet in the home and maximizing the home’s position on the lot. This will also determine the ideal number of windows in the home, their placement, style, design, and types of window treatments to be used. Our residential architects at Fratantoni Design are here to create your dream home! Contact us today to get started on designing your custom luxury home.