When you’re thinking about working with your Architect to design a new home, you might think you need to start out by choosing what “style” your new house should be.
That’s not a bad place to begin if you’re in love with a particular architectural style: we can discuss what you love about it, and figure out how to make that style fit your needs.
But choosing a style first isn’t always necessary. In some cases, it might actually might it more difficult to design the home you’ve been dreaming about.
The Briefest Possible History of Home Style (read more about home style here)
Up until the late 19th century, home style was ruled by the fashion of the day. There were only one or two fashionable styles to choose from at a time; today, it’s easy to guess the age of those homes by their style.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries that began to change rather dramatically, as new building methods and the influence of Modern architecture allowed Architects to become more creative in their designs.
And especially in the mid-20th century, American lifestyles became more informal – and that had a big influence on house design.