A Sense of Inner Space


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Good residential design blends both physical and emotional cues to give "A Sense of Inner Space." Today, our homes express who we are and many of the values of how we live and what we like to do. To get there you need to establish relationships between space, light and line.

When you enter a room and your field of vision extends beyond what you expected, you experience depth and spaciousness. The room is more than four walls, by aligning those walls, windows, doorways and columns, you establish a visual axis or reference point. Unless you create a focal point within your log house, your eyes will wander. The focal point offers the eyes a resting place. The best example is a fireplace.

In this particular log home living room, the main point of reference is the big and beautiful stone fireplace, you can't stop looking at it, even without a fire, as it is such a strong feature in the room. The big stones that make up the fireplace, along with the exposed log beams that help hold up the log shelf that holds books and games. This fireplace anchors the room, in a great way. Then you also have the windows in the room, which offer a perfect view of the surrounding forest scenes, these windows also anchor the room and offer focal points.

Windows are also a way to provide transparency, this not only allows you to see into the space beyond the room, but It also liberates the space, bringing the outdoors in, while allowing you to experience the changes of weather, daylight, night, the seasons and exterior landscapes. Windows give you something to do in a room. Oddly enough a room without a window is a cell, whereas a room with windows becomes a gallery of what is outside, giving you something to experience and think about. When windows are placed within a room, you want to consider where they are, and what effect they will have in the room.

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