Romantic living for lovers of style
The stylish house includes stone corner, wooden shutters, beautiful patio tiles. The certainty that it has always been thus, and so it should be. You can either find an old, dream house, or simply build a stylish home. The rustic versus the modern: The main difference is in the size, the approach to the construction, individual objects and the extent of attention to and work on details. The stylish house, furniture or utility object is or looks more detailed than its modern correlate. It's a result of the more modest demands of our ancestors for space and objects, and even technology has an influence. People were of smaller build and admired single objects, which led to the survival of essentials. Every surface or element is meticulously worked to the level of an ornament or at least a structure. Classical furniture is usually solitary, and so intended to be observed from three sides You can clearly see what is what and the connections are based on the logic of the course of forces, pressures, and strokes. The table top is supported by a swing and it is carried by the leg. The facade of the house with pillars, ledges and beams or balustrade railing is also solved. Furniture is clearly distinguished from architecture and creates variation and playfulness.The quality of the whole is achieved through the quality of the individual objects which form it, and which are clearly readable.
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Reconstruction or a new building project?
The preparation for reconstruction and the process itself is tedious and costly with many unforeseeable complications, and ideally requires a truly high quality building project. The authenticity, earnestness and soul of the place are sweet rewards. Period houses can be designed as new buildings with maintenance of traditional features yet also use of the newest technology. There are plenty of firms on the market who are able to produce traditional stone or wooden constructions. It is essential to be familiar with period architecture, proportions and details. Work with them can be freer. It's not necessary to build imitations or historical museum pieces.
A house like a „teapot“ or „puddingstone“. With old houses, the most important thing is to ensure the quality of the architecture. Decide whether to adapt the house to your needs or bow to the house’s lead because it is worth it. Choose the property with this in mind. Don’t dust off any non-functional trivialities or brutally destroy strong, original, ideas. Art Nouveau family house with a clear and solid composition of masses and facades, a beautiful staircase or bay window has everything fixed. I recommend approaching it like a jar, which I can not add another hole or drill another hole in it. I have to accept her as it is and just fix it. Certain characteristic fragments of a half-derelict 1920s estate with damp masonry and collapsed ceilings certainly deserve retention. Mostly, however, these buildings were not planned in advance. The original core is expanded by additions, accessories and extensions. More radical intervention can not only fully satisfy new requirements for living standards, but may also achieve a strong architectural influence and aesthetic value.
A copy or an inspiration? Do I want a house with stone gables and steep roofing, or a real English Cottage? I recommend the first approach. The second is also possible, but it is necessary to choose the location carefully, with regard to the character of the surrounding area. The building can look comical in the context. When use of original technologies and structures is required, high costs must also be expected. I recommend appropriate adaptation of the selected style to local conditions and current needs.
Period purity or mixed styles for the interior?
Both are possible and both require extensive knowledge. For the „teapot“ type of house the first approach is needed. Furniture and accessories should be acquired from high class antique shops and any new pieces should be exact copies of original pieces. We can design a white-gray patina-style interior in the country house Ma Maison, English Season. This romantic approach produces a passionate interior, but exaggeration must be avoided. It is appropriate for a period house in the form of a new building project or conversion, or a maisonette in the attic. The Czech cottage was different. The whole article could be devoted to the comparison of a well-known folk production with a fragile turn of the century poetically rendered in Postřižiny, then came the 20th century with a remote echo of functionalism, followed by the robust 40s. And I'm not even talking about regional influences. This natural charm employs a tasteful combination of styles with the original signature of the creator. You can combine authentic elements with modern, romantic and industrial ones. The common denominator when choosing individual elements is the high quality of the design that does not always have to do with the price. Then there is also the avant-garde, minimalist and almost artistic approach, when on the background of the historical building will be a top modern or artistic piece of furniture. The original master of such an approach was the owner of the auction house Axel Vervoordt, who was definitely a master of the period interior.