The architectural melting pot

More and more often, architects are finding it difficult to describe their projects as one style or another. When I ask them, “What do you consider to be the style of this home,†many of them tell me it really doesn’t fit into a particular style bucket. If you look at the variety of projects that RD&B readers submitted for our recently concluded Design Excellence Awards, you will notice some homes that defy style categorization (you’d notice even more if you could see all the entries, even the ones that didn’t win). They’re not contemporary, they’re not traditional, they’re not Mediterranean, nor Colonial. They’re blends of many styles, and I find these homes to be the most interesting to look at and discuss. Design styles are melting into each other, and I love this element of the custom home market. It’s confirmation that residential architecture continues to evolve. Some might say I’m describing the transitional style. But when does a style cease to be in transition and become its own style? And what should the new style be called? How about: Combination Style, or Melting Pot Style? Or what about Reformation Style? Regardless of what you call it, I’m glad to see the fresh styles come across my desk. Many times, I find myself looking at photos people send me and thinking, “Wow, this home is fantastic. It’s well done, high quality. But, I’ve seen it before.†This is why it’s nice to see these transitional homes; they’re something different, something new, something truly unique. Creating new designs and styles – truly custom homes – is a daunting task, and I admire those of you who with the skills and talent to do this again and again. You are the professionals driving the evolution of residential architecture. Keep up the good work.