Renovation of a 1940's Colonial Home Have you ever found yourself looking at a house knowing something isn’t right, but you’re not sure what it is? Have you found yourself in your own work unsure of the rules of building; the height of a chair rail, how to build up a crown molding or what size a column should be? If so, you’re not alone. There are rules for building, timeless methods that were once widely practiced and have been forgotten today.
A timeless house tells a story. It is a well told narrative based in history and tradition.
In order to gain the skills of evaluating quality, design and beauty we must go back in time and study buildings of the past. The feeling you have when you walk into a great historic space, especially in homes built before 1940, and it just feels right, is not a coincidence. There are significant historical events which once we understand will help us navigate the process of building a timeless home today.
The Classical ideal is found in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. It gains traction again during the Renaissance, and today it must be understood before you can build a timeless house.
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