From Dean Dowd on May 30, 2008 in General Remodel
Just recently, I was traveling throughout the Northwest and happened to find myself in the historical district of a large city. Hundred-year-old homes and businesses were elegantly adorned with ornate carvings and stunning moldings. They stood in stark contrast to the modern, contemporary buildings in the surrounding areas, and I was struck with the observation of how different modern architecture is from its historical counterparts.
Up until the early 1920s, home design incorporated more columns, decorative trims, and covered porches. Sometimes the homes would include multiple styles of siding, combining several colors into one home. The covered front porch was not only for decoration, but for practical purposes as well. Before the advent of modern air conditioning, the front porch was a place to socialize and cool off in the hot summer evenings.
The Great Depression demanded a more practical approach to home design and throughout the rest of the 20th century, new homes tended to have less of the frill and more substance within. In the early part of the 21st century, homes once again began to include decorative rock on the front, decorative siding, and more elaborate front entrances.
As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century, modern contemporary design is once again leaning towards conservation and practicality instead of excessive frills. Small, compact layouts, green living, easy-care maintenance, and modern conveniences are what homeowners are more interested in. Renovating historical homes is still a popular venture, and you have the option to restore it to its original beauty or to convert it to more of a modern look. Request free, no-obligation estimates from professional, licensed contractors to decide which option is best for you.