An Architect Shares His Go-To Materials

An Architect Shares His Go-To Materials

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Have you ever really considered, like really genuinely considered, if you were using the right materials or features for your home remodel? Surely you’ve thought about this. When you do a home remodel you want the best materials to be used in your home, or outside even for that matter. But do you really know what quality materials are out there or are you just doing this by the seat of your pants? If you’ve ever wondered if you were making the right choice choosing between countertop materials, flooring, certain design features or even sinks, here below are some very widely used products and ideas by architects. These items are considered to not only add quality to your home for years to come but add a little extra something; that little bit of class or panache you deserve and truly want.

An architect shares his go-to materials

Leaving The Framing Exposed

This is a big one for architects, but for homeowners, not everyone might love this look. If you’ve ever seen an industrial loft in a place like Pittsburgh or NYC, you know this look well; instead of having a defined finish to the ceiling, you leave it as is – showing off the guts of the ceiling. This means things like plumbing pipes and even metal duct work will be visible. This actually has a really neat look and it can make the room look bigger by making the ceilings go up higher.

Stone Countertops

It’s no big surprise that architects like things that will add style to a room. Whether it’s a kitchen, a laundry room or a bathroom, anyone involved in design is going to tell you that stone counters are the way to go. You simply cannot get the look that stone gives you with any other material. And one of the most popular stones for counters; granite and marble. Especially marble slabs. Granted this will be expensive, but hey, if you have the money, go for it.

Custom Made Cabinets

If you’re going to do a stone counter you sure as heck better let your cabinets shine too. You really have a whole slew of options when it comes to cabinets, they vary from super cheap MDF fiberboard, bought from a store cabinets to hardwood made by hand, more expensive cabinets and everything else in between. The more expensive custom or even semi-custom cabinets will give you the ability to take the driver’s seat and really plan out the type of cabinet you want in your house in terms of size, wood type, stain and more. It gives you more control so that you have a product you can truly be proud of.

Architect’s Choice – Flooring

Flooring is always so subjective because of the amount of options and materials available. Nonetheless, there are a few materials that any architect prefers and they are; Polished Concrete, Cedar Hardwood, Large Format Porcelain Tiles. You might not have expected to see polished concrete on this list and yet, there it is. Concrete has come a long way, it can now be dyed to look like certain colors or even made to look like swirled marble, stone, or even wood. It’s a very beautiful material. Cedar hardwood, on the other hand, is rot resistant, it’s pretty low maintenance and easy to clean and it brings a certain sense of ruggedness to your home.

Porcelain tiles have always been popular and the large format not only gives the room more of an impact design wise, but it can also make the room look larger. To top it off, a lot of manufacturers have started to create large format porcelain tiles which actually look like other materials like wood, marble, etc you can find many variety of porcelain tiles that looks like different material at They are also considerably less expensive than actual wood or marble. Add in the fact that porcelain tiles design can have different textures like hammered, honed or even raked, and you can truly find a floor to fall in love with. The image below is a polished concrete floor – look how amazing it looks.

An architect shares his go-to materials

Step Lights

Usually, when you hear the term step lights, it’s for outdoor use, and while you can use them outside you can also use them inside. When you have a good lighting scheme it adds in all 3 aspects of lighting; ambient, accent and diffuse. Well, step lights offer all three aspects. These are unobtrusive – these usually go into the side walls rather than on the actual steps, they are incredibly inexpensive to buy and install, and if you use LED lights you’ll use only about 4 watts per light. These look really cool. Two companies for these lights to consider are WAC and BEGA.


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