25AUG 2016
Ancient Arches

Ancient Arches

By Martha Plotz, 01 Water is heavy stuff. When the ancient Romans undertook to build an aquaduct to carry fresh water from the mountains into the city, they needed a structure strong enough to support all that water, as well as itself. The best way to do this is to distribute the weight evenly, and…
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24AUG 2016
Elements of Roman architecture

Elements of Roman architecture

Many iconic American buildings, like the U.S. Capitol and the White House, and vernacular homes borrow architectural elements and ideologies associated with both ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Classical architecture has remained popular from the turn of the 19th century to present day. The transition into more classically inspired buildings started with the Federalist…

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23AUG 2016
Federal Home style

Federal Home style

Sometimes called the “Adam” style, the Federal style was the predominant architectural language in the US from 1780 to 1820. Overview The Federal, or Adam, style dominated the American architectural landscape from roughly 1780 to 1840, having evolved from Georgian architecture, the principal design language of the colonial period. Fundamentally, it was the comparatively progressive…

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22AUG 2016
Ancient Roman building techniques

Ancient Roman building techniques

In Ancient Rome (pottery used to lighten the vaults of Circo di Massenzio) Introduction: art or engineering? During the last decades of the XVth century and for almost the whole XIXth century the views of J. J. Winckelmann (Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks) were regarded as absolute truth; according to them, Greek art of the period 480-323 BC (Classical…

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21AUG 2016
Industrial style Architecture

Industrial style Architecture

In recent years the ability to renovate and give life to old warehouses, barns, and industrial buildings has taken the design world by storm. From rustic exposed finishes and structural elements to industrial inspired lighting fixtures, there is no doubt that industrial details are here to stay. The appeal of bringing back a design age that focused on manufacturing, mechanical…

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20AUG 2016
Architectural House Designs

Architectural House Designs

We have an incredible selection of craftsman plans to choose from. Homes built from craftsman house plans represent a true American style, but truth be known, they’re equally popular in Canada as well. Craftsman-style homes are easy to spot, with their unique rooflines and all the wood detailing under the gables. Most homes constructed from Craftsman home plans have one of…

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19AUG 2016
House Architecture types

House Architecture types

Ski town architecture may be gorgeous, but it s not without its clichés. Behind every subtly-designed timber structure is a 15, -square-foot log-cabin monstrosity and Curbed Ski has seen enough Western kitsch to supply a bad Hollywood remake. Even though recent trends in design skew towards more eclectic contemporary architecture, these clichés ensure a certain predictability…

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18AUG 2016
Names of House styles

Names of House styles

The house that time forgot: Red brick semi is frozen in the 1920s

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17AUG 2016
House Architecture Design

House Architecture Design

Situated on a corner lot in a dense Toronto neighbourhood, the intent of the remaking of this narrow 125-year-old residence was two-fold: to increase natural light in the interior using contrast, and to reduce the house’s ecological impact. An increase of natural light is accomplished through both physical and perceptual means. Physically, the long, narrow house - only 11 feet…

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