In most homes the construction material that is used inside a house is also the item that dates a house. For most buyers, subtle clues such as construction material may go unnoticed, but for professionals in this industry, such as the realtors, interior designers, builders, and architects, the materials used in a home determines the age and era of its construction. On the other hand, when a house is built true to it’s architectural heritage where the interior construct is in harmony with its exterior, that house becomes timeless and stays classic. Most homes that use natural products such as marble, granite, exotic woods, and beautiful metals, have a tendency to stay timeless with their style, and are loved for many generations. Natural products, when used correctly, will always give a home the right element and make it ageless. On the contrary, a house becomes quickly outdated when many similar homes are built with the same materials and in the same manner in a compressed period of time.
Recently, I came across a home where the interior elements were quite outmoded and in an attempt to compensate for this, the seller had remodeled the interior to reflect more recent trends. Sadly, the renovation did not stay true to the architecture style and simply swapping out one popular trend for another did nothing to enhance the features of the home. The discordance between the architecture and the materials creates an almost “bastardized” result where nothing seems to match, and the home's architectural harmony is lost.
I believe one must understand and appreciate the relationship between architecture and materials. We have to resist creating an incongruous feel within a home where the elements are out of harmony with one another. My strongest suggestion is that when there is harmony between the interior materials and the overall architecture of the home, we must make every effort to preserve that balance, rather than giving in to the knee-jerk reaction of rip-and-replace with a fleeting trend.
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