Architectural design ideas for your new build

Building your own home can be overwhelming. The unlimited building and architectural design options, companies and safety procedures can feel like you don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, there are architectural engineering professionals that can assist you with the process, however, you do need some direction before you seek this assistance. This comes down to the style you are envisioning. 

For many people, you may have an exterior and interior design you gravitate towards, whether you are aware of it or not. Do your research before you make any bold decisions. Pinterest, Instagram and design blogs reveal innovative ideas that will naturally guide you in the right direction.

Here, we will look into some architectural engineering designs you can consider. 

Modern contemporary architectural designs

Think of the stereotypical modern home which displays simple, clean lines and open spaces. The designs often utilize vast glass windows and ​​either one of or a combination of timber, concrete and plaster. The key with modern is sleek, sophisticated and most importantly minimalist, removing unnecessary features. When it comes to the shape, these can be all shapes and sizes, however, more commonly, modern designs have a flat roof.

Cottage architectural design

The cottage style came about in the  USA in the 20’s and 30’s. Featuring homely characteristics, these are the styles of homes you see in stories or classic American films.  They often have roofs on a steep slope with cross gables, entrance way arches, white small window frames with panels and often made from stone, brick or paneled wood. 

Farmhouse architectural design 

English farmhouse architectural design is another comforting style, far from your standard modern and sometimes sterile feel. The exterior design entails natural material such as wood or stone, with large front entrance ways, pitched roofs and dormers. The interior architect enables the home to have open spaces and a large kitchen but entail exposed wood and beams, and small touches such as rustic wooden shelves, sliding barn pantry doors and metal chandeliers. These combined with the interior decor you choose generates a sense of family comfort many people seek in their homes.

Mediterranean architectural design

The mediterranean style refers to houses in Southern Europe which feature warm characteristics including warm tones, plastered exterior, pitched roofs and natural features within the interior. Arched windows and tiled terracotta roofing is a large part of the look, however, aren’t always accessible if you are building new. The result incorporates bold moves yet is simple and convenient. The shape of the house, itself, is commonly U-shaped, highlighting the backyard. 

Victorian architectural design

The main features of Victorian style houses are high ceilings and large bay windows in  a two-story build with a steep roof. The detail on the exterior is mesmerizing and for this reason, it will be an expensive build if this is the style you are going for. The detail is in the ornate carved out eaves which display beautiful patterns. It usually has a full deck or porch and additional detail such as a feature stained glass window. If you have the budget, Victorian styles are a beautiful, timeless option that will never go out of style. 

Olivia Fairhurst is a Content Manager for architectural design company and interior architects The Design Fire who specializes in architectural engineering and fireproofing building designs.