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Asymetrical Design: Can It Be Practical?

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

An asymmetrical design lacks balance and uniformity. It does not have two sides that are mirror images of each other. This type of design is more casual and dynamic than symmetrical balance. The building or home breaks the rules of design by having an imbalance often two sides or a shape that are different. It is effective building design when you want to draw attention and break the monotony of the design.

There are many examples of successful asymmetrical designed homes and buildings. This means that asymmetrical design can be practical and purposeful. Many are attractive and interesting to look at from every angle. Often the design is modern and spacious inside and out. The unusual angles and shapes of walls, roofs and rooms gives the building a futuristic look.

Many homes are designed to meet clients expectations. These home are often spacious with little clutter and plenty of light coming in from windows. This type of design sets a home apart from others. These homes use state of the art heating and cooling systems like solar panels, internal thermal mass, and natural ventilation. Many country homes are asymmetrical designs with two levels.

An asymmetrical house can be balanced and designed for the modern lifestyle. Most feature an uneven shape, unusual building materials, and open spaces. Angles and geometric shapes lend to the design of asymmetrical homes. Many have unique roofs, a variety of window designs, and plenty of space.

Asymmetrical design can work well with odd shaped land where a traditional home would not fit. These odd shaped home are often minimalist in design using the best materials like wood, stone, concrete, and glass. Often eco friendly materials and concepts are part of the overall design.

In Jersey City there is an custom built home of asymmetrical design built by Richard Garber and Nicole Robertson of Gro Architects in New York. The owner wanted a concrete home using a fixed budget. It has a modern asymmetrical peaked roof that works because its at the end of the street. It has an angular design, radiant floor boards, a kitchen designed with salvaged appliances and cabinets. Concrete which it is made from is a long wearing material and easy to keep up.

For those that want asymmetrical design in their home it can be practical and eco friendly. These are two reasons to consider a custom home with this design.


+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com