Architectural trends appear on a base of average preferences, often-used models and modern construction technologies. Eco-friendly solutions dominate in today’s private house construction. Family comfort, efficient lagging characteristics, practicality and economy are key principles for construction of cottages.
Optimal house area
More than 20 years ago, customers tended to order construction of a private house that would be the bigger the better. Depending on their financial possibilities future house owners strived to build the biggest cottage they could afford. However, big buildings require significant expenses on warming and house care. Now unused square meters cost too much, that is why calculation of needed area can reduce owner’s expenses without comfort influence. How to calculate a needed house area? A number of people who will live in a house is the best indicator.
A number of floors
An additional floor increases total area and it leads to a higher cost. A semi-basement is now a prerogative only for luxurious lofts. A second floor is often a mansard roof for rest rooms, guest rooms or nurseries.
Materials and technologies
Modern trends level the look difference between expensive and economy class cottages. As a result, materials and their quality became the main distinctive in private house construction. Middle-class clients prefer building private houses with framing technologies. Pre-fabricated panels play a role of walls that are not load-bearing. This is a frame that supports all load. Natural wood, rubble, bricks and autoclaved aerated concrete are usual materials for premium class cottages. Glulam houses are very widespread in construction of private houses.
European trend of timber framing is now reborn. This technology appeared in XV century. Nowadays, it has its second life due to middle-aged color and natural effect of building materials. Big vitrifying areas give the feeling of total connection to nature using timber framing while building cottages.
Colonial architecture is a mix of several epoch styles such as classicism, baroque and rococo. The main distinctive of the colonial style is symmetric facade, simple details, mansard windows and columns.
A light style that does not contain principles of any other historical architectural style. It is characterized by symmetry and simplicity of forms with usage of modern technologies and materials.
Chalet is a cottage is in the style of a Swiss mountain house. It has a simple construction and minimal wooden or stone decoration. First floor is usually built from bricks or stone and the second one has wooden construction. There are many glulam cottages built in this architectural style. The important distinctive of the Swiss chalet is a big opened terrace. A required element of this style is a fireplace.
A modern architectural style is supposed to contain new technologies and such materials as metal and glass. Metal constructions give a possibility to build a private house of any form and size due to their strength and mobility while producing. As usual, such cottages have flat roofs.
Canadian style cottages look like big boxes with wide windows. They have one mutual space and do not contain isolated rooms. Such houses do not have anything unused, that is why they seem very harmonic and simple. A fireplace is the must for a Canadian private house.
Despite the presence of architectural trends and modern technologies, realization of house beauty is strictly personal. House exterior depends on owner’s preferences and his financial possibilities. However, trends of rationality and functionality exist in planning how a new private house will look like.