In this post I have chosen to focus on one design, the first in our typologies, traditional. I started with a concept plan, basically some rectilinear shapes defined by the arrangement of gables on the outside wall. I don’t have any involvement in the design of American style homes so I took a look at some stock house plans for traditional homes on-line. Many were very beautiful with diagonal geometry and some with curved geometry.
In the last two posts we produced a series of sketches, that represented the type of thing we wanted to do, and we then plugged the sketch designs into the computer, initially developing simple block models. These were then manipulated, by a process of trial and error I have to say, to find a form that looked nice, or at least, not random. No grand concept lies behind any of them as they all conform to some basic stylistic typology, which we are trying to adhere to.
Welcome back to the blog series that teaches you how to be your own home designer. Well earlier in the week I caught a Youtube video of an architect talking about his own design process, starting with a plan sketch of the site, producing a bubble diagram showing the room layout relationships, positioning the kitchen to receive the early morning sunlight and the lounge to receive the late afternoon sun, views out from the site, and all that good stuff.
If you live in the UK, you probably have watched enough make-over programs on TV, to feel pretty confident about home interior design. But you may feel you would still need a bit of help when it comes to designing the building shell. If so, this and my (hopefully) subsequent blog posts are for you.