Not Sure Why? It Just Feels Right!

Have you ever stood there looking at a house saying ”I don’t know what it is about this house? But it just feels right!” There’s a reason for this!

Aesthetically pleasing buildings attain their virtues from a number of design techniques. Some are current and temporary trends of the day such as colour or cladding (siding) while other more permanent techniques  appeal to the subconscious. Let’s take a look at a few.


Anchoring the base means using basic forms in the lower quarter of the buildings elevation in such a way that makes the elevation feel heavier at its base. This can be reinforced with the use of heavy set materials such as stone and brick. Subconsciously, this makes us feel the building is not top heavy and about to fall over.


The One–thirds – two thirds principal is commonly used in two dimensional art. Oil painting for example.  This rule allows us to place elements of the façade in such a way that controls the eye movement and what you will see.

Basically, split the elevation of your design into nine equal parts using two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines and design critical elements along these lines and or their intersection. This technique essentially plays with are sub-conscious appeal to patterns. Try it! It really works.


Within the plane of the elevation it is a good idea to introduce some form of relief. Whether this is through the positioning of rooms or perhaps the detail of the wall as it transitions up to the roof.

This strengthens the perspective of the façade and gives the elevation more substance. It also gives you opportunity to introduce other materials which in turn introduces texture.

Generally this is more pleasing to the eye.  However, a word of warning, over do it and you will end up with too much complexity which will increase your build costs somewhat.

There a many other aspects to elevations treatments that also add to the reasons why you may find a building appealing but just can’t put your finger on why. We will talk more about these ion future articles.


Talk Soon…MM

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