In our last blog, we continued our “All About” series where we take a look at different styles of architecture. In this series, we aim to explore the characteristics of these styles, how they evolved, where they were most prevalent, and some of the best examples of the styles. Our goal with this series is to educate and inspire anyone out there who is interested in architecture. Last time, we talked about postmodern architecture, which emerged in the 1960s as a response to modern architecture. If you are interested in learning more about postmodern architecture, be sure to check out our last post!
Today, we’ll be discussing architectural features that add value to a home. If you are building a home or remodeling one, you may be interested in adding features that increase the value of the property. Owning a home is an important financial decision that can impact you for years to come, especially if you plan on selling your home down the road. There are certain architectural features that you can add to your home that will increase the property value over time, therefore increasing its appeal and resulting in a higher selling price. If you are interested in learning more about what architectural features can add value to a home, you’re in the right place. Let’s get started!
Adding or emphasizing already existing architectural features on your home are a great way to add value. Keep in mind that you will see a higher return on investment (ROI) depending on the area or neighborhood your property is located in, as well as the age and condition of the home. Even if you do not plan on selling your home, having increased home value will lead to more equity in the home. Home equity refers to the property’s current market value, minus any liens, such as mortgage. So how can you increase your home’s value? Luckily, there are many easy ways to do so– And some can even be done DIY-style!
Crown molding is a decorative element that is most often installed where the wall meets the ceiling. It is generally made of a composite material, such as polyurethane, but can also be made of wood or plaster. In the past, crown molding was used to cover up cracks, but today it is used as a decoration that adds instant elegance and flair to any room. Besides on the top of the wall, crown molding can be added to cabinets, entryways, mantels, and more. Adding crown molding to your home provides a finishing touch to the room, adds interest, and is aesthetically pleasing. In many instances, crown molding makes rooms appear taller and larger, thus impacting the perceived value of the property.
Sometimes known as exposed rafters or exposed beam ceilings, ceiling beams are created by using a number of exposed joists and beams that create visual interest. All ceilings have joists and beams, but they are boxed in and covered, hidden above the ceiling. In the case of ceiling beams, they are left exposed on purpose, providing a rustic look. Ceiling beams make an especially great look when added to high ceilings, or when dark wood is contrasted with walls that are painted in light colors. Adding beams to rooms with high ceilings can also break up blank space, creating a focal point.
Not only does a fireplace look nice and keep you warm in winter, but it also adds value to your home! This is especially true if the mantel and surround design are extravagant. For example, an electric fireplace or a plain brick fireplace will not add much value to a home. Instead, gas or wood fireplaces with intricate and elegant designs, such as tile work or a custom mantel, will add more value. In fact, the more luxurious, the better. A well-designed fireplace and mantel livens up wall space and draws the eye up towards the ceiling.
Casing generally refers to the trim around windows and doorways in a home. This tends to draw the eye upward to the ceiling, making it visually appealing. If you have large windows or doors in your home, a great way to emphasize them further is by adding oversized casing. This can increase the height or width of the window or doorway opening. Casing is often referred to as the finishing touch of window installation, because it gives the window more of a uniform look. Casing and other trim design adds personality to a room and is more likely to entice buyers.
The architectural features can be on the exterior of your home, too. Gazebos or other pavilion structures are free-standing outdoor structures that serve as ornamentation for the landscape. In residential areas, they are often found in a backyard or garden and are used mainly for aesthetic purposes. Gazebos are often constructed of wood in an octagonal or hexagonal shape. While structures like gazebos will not count as square footage, they will be considered as added value that is factored into the overall worth of your property. It is important to note that the style and type or design of the gazebo you choose can also determine the amount of value added. For example, certain materials may be more aesthetically pleasing, such as cedar wood. Additionally, the size of the gazebo will be taken into account, as well as its placement. Ideally, you want your gazebo to be properly scaled with other elements of the backyard.
If you have the means for it, adding an outdoor kitchen to your property can be a great investment. In fact, fully functional outdoor kitchens tend to yield the best returns on investment. However, you should keep in mind that the location of your property may determine how much value is added. For example, outdoor kitchens cannot be used as often in colder climates, so they may not add as much value for properties in areas such as the Midwest or Northeast. In the Southwest and Southeast, however, outdoor kitchens tend to be more popular. Additionally, you do not want to add unnecessary items to your outdoor kitchen. Just because you have use for it does not mean a future owner of your home will have use for it– This could make the property less valuable.
As you can see, these are just a few of the architectural features that can add value to your home. A higher property value can benefit you, even if you don’t intend on selling your home any time soon. We hope you found this article informative and we hope to see you back on the blog soon as we continue to dive into various topics regarding architecture. Perhaps something might spark inspiration for your next project! For more information on architectural design and building, keep up-to-date with the Architecture Plus blog. If you’re ready to sit down with an experienced team of designers and hash out the elements of your next project, reach out to us! We’re eager to hear from you. Until next time, thank you for reading!