6 Building Design Trends That Are Small, But Mighty

February 15, 2019
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Not every home renovation or project needs to require a vast amount of time and resources to upgrade your home.  instead, sometimes tiny both cost-effective can make all the difference.

In this article, we will take a look at four small but mighty building-design trends. Let’s begin!

1. Doors & Windows

While the installation of doors and windows may seem like a pricey endeavor, the truth is that sprucing up your existing elements can vastly change how your home looks--and how it is valued.  For instance, applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door--particularly with an eye-catching color like red, can act as the centerpiece of your door. Similarly,  painting the trim of your windows acts as a way of enhancing your home's natural beauty, much like putting on lipstick and mascara!

2. Corten Steel

They are relatively few ways to bring in antique quality to your home then using something known as ‘’corten steel’’.  Often referred to as ‘’weathering steel,’’ this  material is comprised of Steel alloys that form a rust-like appearance that naturally ages with exposure to weather.  Corten steel eliminates the need for painting, so it is a regular choice for homeowners that prefer low-maintenance exteriors.

3. Fire Curtains

Safety combined with modern methods of construction has become a building trend to save lives. Normally relegated to commercial properties, the affordability of modern fire curtains has seen its installation in residential properties increase in recent years.

A strategically-placed fire curtain can significantly reduce the spread of damage in your home should a fire break out, while the installation is cost-effective and relatively uninvasive. When a fire breaks out,  fire curtains are deployed which creates an air barrier to keep smoke from spreading and eliminate available oxygen to fuel a fire.

4. Soffits

Soffits are a structural part of your home’s roof that creates an attractive aesthetic value in your home, while also providing ventilation that can save on utility bills and energy waste--something any ecologically-minded homeowner is sure to desire.  

Essentially, roof soffits comprise the underside of a roof’s structure, where the roof extends over the walls of your home, allow the attic space to air out to mitigate moisture build-up, superheating in the warmer months, and keeping out pests.

There are a wide variety of materials to choose from when selecting soffits, including fiber cement and wood, which can enhance the curb appeal of your home and create a cohesive look.

5. Beams

Beams can come in all shapes and sizes, as well as wood species. From real wood to fake wood, the options are endless. If you have tall ceilings that feel empty but a smaller budget for product and installation, consider adding faux wood beams. These can instantly add a dramatic look and rustic feel to any room. 

6. Underlayment for Vinyl Siding
For any siding, it's important you have the proper underlayment. This will help promote energy efficiency. Use the best underlayment for vinyl siding for continuous moisture management and climate control.

As you can see, these building trends may not cost much, but bring new types of value to your home for years to come.  Whether you choose the antiquated look of corten steel or spruce up the aesthetics of your home with eye-catching soffits, these building trends outlined in this article can transform your home in the most efficient ways possible.

 

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