You are currently browsing the archives for 1 October 2016.
Displaying 1 - 2 of 2 entries.

Architecture Today Getting The Feeling Of Home

  • Posted on October 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Being elderly and needing daily support from a long term residential care facility doesnt mean your accommodation has to be plain, unstylish, boring, or worse – institutional. With a diverse selection of affordable architectural styles today, even long term care accommodation can let go of the utilitarian architecture and begin with a fresh new start of appealing design that reflects a home-like atmosphere in a functional package.

Designing senior living with a reflection of the past, a base of the practical present and a touch of the future are sure to meet the needs of the aging population as it continues to grow. The senior consumer of the future will come with many profiles and will be looking for living arrangements that reflect a wide expanse of taste, living requirements and values, at a range of price points from affordable to extravagant.

If you had the option to design and build your own home, or a facility that would become your home, wouldnt you let your imagination run wild and creativity soar to include and consider the many possible design options that exist in the resource bank of architecture?

Architecture today is a wide-open array of taste from the old world style with the accents of stone and stucco, tile roofs and heavy beams all very suitable to homebuyers looking for a connection to the historic past. A farmhouse or a country home with simple floor plans, warm colours and cozy spaces would please many individuals looking for a connection to an era of not so long ago. Ranch style homes of the 1950s are ever popular for those looking for a one floor living plan who are not afraid to recapture a retro look, or something more open with glass such as garden doors opening onto a landscaped patio or view of a park like backyard. Designing for seniors means paying attention to details such as uncluttered hallways and wheelchair accessible traffic zones, but it doesnt preclude the designer from planning style and space that feels like home.

Working with an architect to bring together your design ideas, your creativity, an outline of what your needs may be for comfort, space, budget, maintenance and functionality, are all necessary details and requirements that go in to the design of a building that not only serves its occupants but feels inviting like home.

Outdoor Fireplace Designs – What You Need To Know

  • Posted on October 1, 2016 at 3:24 am

Outdoor fireplace design is quickly growing in popularity among homeowners in the U.S. Having an outside fire burning in your backyard while entertaining friends and family is life at its best. But, what should you be aware of with any outdoor fireplace design before installing one? Here’s a quick look. Basically, an outdoor fireplace is the same as an indoor fireplace with the exception of a damper.

Your fireplace design can include standard bricks to cultured stones. Cultured stone differs from natural stone in that it is a cast stone, which makes it easier to work with.

A chimney is also used with outdoor design just as it is inside. The difference here is that you can use anything from a standard brick chimney to Mexican style chimney pots and many other designs as well.

Fireplace construction can be done with terra cotta, aluminum or cast iron in addition to brick. You can really get creative with any outdoor fireplace design.

Your outdoor fireplace can also include items such as a hearth, mantel and shelves if you would like. A stone mantel can be most attractive and a real conversation piece.

If you live in an area with frequent rain or snow, a masonry design may be your best choice. It will not rust or create other problems like metal can.

If you are in the process of an outdoor fireplace design, let your imagination flow and have fun with it.

All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Reprint Rights: You may reprint this article as long as you leave all of the links active and do not edit the article in any way. By the way, you can learn more about as well as much more information on all types of fireplace designs at