Despite you buying or building a house, whether you want to go for modern or a traditional one is one of the main questions that will come up. The style in which the house is to be constructed or is constructed is a matter that goes beyond what meets the eye.
How to distinguish between the two?
Most people assume traditional is old and modern is new; this is not exactly the correct distinguishing for traditional and modern. Rather than differentiating by time, it is more reasonable to look at it in the design view. A traditional house is one which has the old architecture such as Victorian, craftsman or colonial. As in the olden days resources were abundant, these houses favour a lot of brick, plaster, stone and woodlike raw materials. Even now you can see houses built in this sort of civil construction with a lot of oak floors, stone pavements and lot of spaces within the house as well as outside. Modern houses on the other hand, are more towards a clean, simple plan and using simple raw materials.
One major difference between these two sorts of houses is the space. Traditionally built houses are likely to have big, open porches at the entrance itself. Those will have rafters or beams that are overhanging; the roofs will be taller than those of a modern house and they will usually contain gables, typically more than one. Gables are normally constructed based on any climate needs, based on available materials and aesthetic concerns. Hence not much gables can be seen on the modern day houses. Modern houses has shed the “frills” of elegance and stuck to more practical aspects such asstraight lines,flat roofs and clear exterior with limited spaces for everything. They also use newer materials such as concrete, steel and plastic.
Best of both worlds
When you are constructing a house, you can take the best of both worlds; even though the traditional houses werelarge, they were divided in to smaller rooms inside. Modern houses seek the same by not building a lot of walls and keeping open spaces. Modern methods also favour more natural lighting with various types of windows and lighting techniques. Traditional houses used glass and similar materials to cover for the darkness within, you can also use these to enhance lighting inside the house. There are more cost-saving methods such as prefabricated homes like using modular building Perth techniques. For some, modern construction methods maybe cold and impersonal; however if you put both together a cost-effective but beautiful and warm house can be built for sure.