The "secret sauce" to beautiful building construction lies within time-honored principles of design. The Classical style dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who relied upon symmetry and proportion to create visual balance. By incorporating historic elements such as columns, entablatures, and moldings, even the most basic spaces can be dramatically transformed.
Design is not simply about making things pretty. It involves arranging the elements of a complex system to make them feel natural to a user. The best designs don’t need to scream out and call attention to themselves; they are seamless, like an invisible guiding hand. A good design is a solid foundation that transforms a house into a home.
Today we live in a world of prefabricated structures built for obsolescence, but this wasn’t always the case. Master builders of the past used to create beautiful structures that would last for generations. What tools, materials, and methods did they employ? Uncovering these secrets is one of the joys of historic preservation—using the lessons of the past to inform the design of the future.