8 things to consider when designing a facade, Styles, Energy Efficiency, Boilers, Panels
8 things to consider when designing facades
Practical, durable, and aesthetically pleasing building elevations
9 Nov 2018
Designing a façade guide
The facade of any home or building is one of its most important features, and the finish should be chosen carefully. A facade needs to be practical, durable, and aesthetically pleasing as it’s more than just a finish – it’s the whole package of how a home or building looks. Modern technology and building materials, together with a bit of imagination, can result in beautiful and original construction project.
Here you’ll find some ideas and inspiration for your next project.
1. Simplicity and symmetry
Symmetry and simplicity are the fundamentals that architects and designers continue to use because it makes for buildings which are pleasing to the eye. If asymmetry is more your style, consider using simple, clean lines to avoid complicating the design.
2. Be bold and daring
Got a client who’s up for a more daring design? Or maybe the project is an ultra-modern office block? When incorporating dramatic elements just remember sometimes less is more, so keep the rest of the design pared back.
Clashing styles is risky and can end up being distracting if it’s not done with care. Complementary themes and uniform styling is a safer bet which will still allow you to explore your creativity. Context here is key; are you designing a large housing project, a one-off self-build, or an office block in a busy city? These are all very different projects with very different scopes.
Consider what type of environment you’re working with. A building surrounded by trees will have a completely different feel to the same building with no greenery. Consider incorporating plants and trees into your design.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when there’s so many different types of materials on offer to finish a home or building. Should you go for stone, brick or render? Maybe glass or steel? The material should be durable enough for the weather, whilst achieving the style you’re aiming for. Will you blend in with the surrounding architecture or go for a contrast?
6. Colour & paint
Something as simple as a paint colour can have a huge effect on how a building looks. It’s important to take into account the design; some homes may look great finished in a bold colour and others not so much.
7. Garden and landscaping
Think of a garden as a partner to a home. A dark green garden full of dense trees may go well with darker colours, while a bright green garden will pop against a white facade. For a real impact, ditch trees altogether and keep the focus on the house itself.
Weather and safety have a big impact on roofing choices, but there’s still room to play around with the design. With materials such as clay, slate, and aluminium, there are endless style possibilities. You could even consider a green roof!
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