The Value of Good Architectural Design

Are you thinking of building a new home or renovating your current one? If so, you may be wondering if it's worth it to invest in good architectural design. After all, you could save money by going with a more basic design, right? Well, as it turns out, good architectural design can actually add a lot of value to your home. Let's take a closer look at three ways in which this is true. When most people think of architectural design, they think of aesthetic value - in other words, how good the design looks. While there's no doubt that a well-designed home can be quite beautiful, there's more to good design than meets the eye. In fact, good architectural design can actually add significant monetary value to your home. Here are three ways in which this is true.

1. Good design can make your home more energy-efficient.

These days, everyone is looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. And rightly so - energy costs can add up quickly! One way to make your home more energy-efficient is to carefully consider its orientation and use thermal mass materials in its construction. For example, if your home is located in a hot climate, you'll want to avoid designing it with large windows on the south side since this will cause the house to heat up quickly during the day. Likewise, using materials like concrete or bricks that have high thermal mass will help regulate the temperature inside your home since they absorb and store heat well. As a result, your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which means you'll be able to rely less on your air conditioner and furnace—and those savings will add up over time!


2. Good design can make your home easier (and cheaper) to maintain.

Another way in which good architectural design can save you money is by making your home easier to maintain. For example, using durable materials like tile or brick for your exterior finishings will mean that you won't have to repaint as often as you would if you used wood siding or stucco. Likewise, designing your roofline in such a way that gutters are unnecessary can also save you time and money on maintenance since you won't have to worry about cleaning them out every few months! Ultimately, these small changes can add up to big savings over time.

3. Good design can make your home more appealing to potential buyers.

If you're planning on selling your home at some point down the line, it's important to remember that potential buyers will be looking at dozens (or even hundreds) of homes before they finally decide on one. So what will set yours apart from all the rest? In many cases, it will be the quality of the architectural design. A well-designed home looks cared for and thought out— two qualities that any potential buyer is sure to appreciate. Furthermore, a well-designed home is often easier to sell because it has mass appeal; potential buyers can easily see themselves living there and envision making it their own without having to put in a lot of work first. Whereas with a poorly designed home, it may be difficult for potential buyers to see its full potential (not to mention all the work that would need to be done!) and they may simply move on to another property instead.


As you can see, there are many benefits that come along with investing in good architectural design for your home—whether you're looking to build from scratch or simply renovate what you have now. Not only will good design make your home more energy-efficient and easier (and cheaper) to maintain, but it will also make it more appealing to potential buyers should you ever decide to sell. So if you're thinking about building or renovating soon, be sure to keep these benefits in mind!

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Modal Architecture is a local architectural design firm specialising in high performance, sustainable, and lifestyle homes around New Zealand. If you want to find out more - get in touch below to discuss this article or your upcoming project.

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