What makes a great home?
I believe a successful home will generally have 4 key elements:
Simplicity of Massing:
The best starting point and broadest stroke in developing the three-dimensional aspects of a home is effective massing. Regardless of how complicated the structure and plan, I endeavor to give homes that gracious quality that comes from simple roof lines, well- developed compositions, and harmonious materials.
The proper dynamic relationship between the design elements of a home is absolutely vital to success. Most of us know innately when a composition is successful, even when we cannot intellectualize the reasons.
Detail brings a home to life. Details work together. They must relate to each other into an architectural language that defines style. Details may be simple or complex, but a home is only truly successful when each detail is carefully considered.
Any artful composition will have a place to rest the eye. A successful home will have a discernible focal point. This could be centered on a beautiful entrance, a powerful window, or other singular and well-placed architectural feature. I very purposefully avoid creating a salad of architectural elements that have no focus.
Michael Eric Dale