Why should commercial buildings have all the fun?

After a full on, two-week block of work out bush I have managed to fit in a weekend at home; enough time to wash the clothes, bake some healthy biscuits and muesli and say hello to my family, along with checking on the build progress.

The most obvious change was the finished paint job on the walkway – it looks great.

Why should commercial buildings have all the fun, use opportunities for individualising your entrance areas after all these are the wow factor areas of your home and can make a difference to the ultimate value placed on it by prospective buyers or valuers.

When we were considering what to use on the inside of the walkway that leads to the front door, we saw a great architectural product from James Hardy called Matrix board. This product has been appearing on new build homes in the area and gives a edgy, contemporary look, much better than the old blue board and render finish.

Whilst the product is generally painted in a solid colour that either blends or contrasts with the home, I decided it might as well become a feature wall. My inspiration came from newer, commercial buildings around here. If you have a look at some of the new factories and public buildings you can see they use strong architectural elements that are designed to attract shoppers or to enhance the appearance of an industrial zone that abuts a residential area.

The entrance area of your home is where you want to make a statement, this sets the scene for the rest of the house and is a great drawcard for potential buyers and valuers.

Borrowing on their use of design and colour, I suggested to the painter that we bring in four of the main exterior house colours, with the black express joints between the boards further enhancing the colour and pattern. To work out the paint pattern I took a photo of the wall and printed it out on A4 paper, then using paint swatches, I worked out what I thought would be a good pattern. Admittedly I was a little nervous about how it would turn out, but now it is completed I think it makes a great statement.

Many commercial buildings are also using screening to good effect. I have mentioned in previous posts that we added powder-coated, aluminium decorative screens over the windows of the main house – the awning design was borrowed from a commercial building I saw down in NSW while on holidays a couple of years ago.

Decorative screens are a great way of adding individual style to a home whilst also being practical.

These designer elements may not be as cheap as some standard options used by builders, however I have found they aren’t nearly as expensive as you would have thought, especially if you shop around. For example, the screens – which are large and are a custom design – cost us around $7,500 installed. A standard, option might have been a solid, inverted, L-shaped, blue board clad awning over each of the four windows. This second option would have cost nearly as much, looked heavy and cumbersome and wouldn’t have allowed the play of light that filters though to the rooms behind.

The hardest thing about custom designed products is finding the artisan who can take your ideas and create the tangible product, or alternatively being creative enough yourself to use a standard off-the-shelf product in an innovative way; for example the safety screen between the office stairs and garage in this home is constructed from readily available timber palings, but the pattern of wide and narrow boards adds a design element.

Yes it’s extra work and time to find these additional design elements, but if I can do it with my limited time, I’m sure you can do it too.

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11 thoughts on “Why should commercial buildings have all the fun?

  • April 8, 2016 at 12:21 am

    I think that your house looks amazing! I think that taking design ideas from commercial buildings is a great idea. I especially like the decorative screens you used, though I do wish I could see the awnings you described. Thanks for sharing!

    • April 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Hazel, I’ll put some pictures up of the awnings sometime soon, they really finish the exterior of the house.

  • July 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hey Carrie..!!!
    I agree that its hard to find a perfect artist who can really portrait your ideas into reality. I loved the idea of adding designer screens as they really give a designer look to our house.
    My friend is redecorating his house and I guess it would be worth sharing this idea with him. Thanks for this post buddy..!!!

  • January 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Great post!
    It is absolutely true that adding designs ideas to your commercial building is quite beneficial and it also makes our building more attractive.All points are really amazing.Your house is looking amazing.I loved it.

    Thanks, for sharing this valuable information with us.

    • January 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Jacob, I think it’s those decorative touches that make a house or commercial building for that matter, stand out from the crowd.

  • May 16, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    This is really amazing and explained all the reason why commercial buildings looks so attractive and eye-catchy.

    Nice Post, thanks for sharing with us.

    • September 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Glad you liked it.

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