Many believe a traditional/heritage home must be old in age or existence while the modern home is the latest luxurious kind. Traditional and modern homes don’t necessarily mean old or new respectively. These sail as far as the building designs, materials used, origin, architecture, historic components. Most heritage homes are traditional homes by virtue of their dominating similarities. The specifics in comparing these two sets of homes, if known to one, best guides their choices in which home to look out for.

1. Architecture
Ancient architecture is defined by the elegant and rich designs while modern architecture seeks maximizing every utility while minimizing costs. Most traditional homes are characterized by voluminous designs and rare materials, integrating many single units to form a huge structure. These were built by the local artisans carefully paying attention to every detail as built. In summary, one can say these buildings were over designed and this explains why they have stood the test of time. Maintenance therefore comes costly for most traditional homes.
Modern homes or structures are usually designed to last a specific period of time beyond which they’ll require demolition or upgrading. Modern home constructions are implemented while incorporating building principles, scheduling and management


2. Lighting and openings
Traditional homes, due to the various internal partitions called for many window and door openings to light up the different rooms. Traditional homes usually have smaller, symmetrical windows of the same sizes and shapes accommodating the different room partitions. Less heating appliances were used which limited the demand for abundant aeration through larger doors and window openings.
Due to the various flexible door and window designs and sizes, modern homes have taken full advantage of this revolutions due to increasing bills associated with lighting a building. Door and windows not only serve as openings and access, but are today a source of abundant natural light into a home at little or no cost.


3. Space partitions
Most traditional homes though spacious in the internals, were/are divided into smaller rooms because these were designed for households which were in larger numbers than they are today. Larger spaces were mainly designed for general rooms like dinning and sitting rooms.
Today, the more space there is in a structure, the more comfort associated to it. The way of life today is dominated by a demand for people to work within their homes with less destructions thus aiding the need for comfortable space with less occupants. Therefore, modern homes make the most of space, with multi-purpose rooms having less walls to serve the needs of its occupants yet with minimal inconveniences within the building.



4. Materials 

Far from just rich architectural designs, materials used in traditional buildings were abundant but with little or no alternative options. Today, these are now expensive and rare to find for example gold, terra Cota bricks but have been replaced with various options like concrete bricks. Due to their abundance in quantity at the time, these materials were used unsparingly to bring the best out of a structure’s appearance. The old designs were disadvantaged by limited material options and designs unlike modern buildings. A variety of building materials, finishes, furniture have been introduced overtime to match the rapid development of architecture.

One of the major reasons for high maintenance and renovation costs  in traditional homes is due to the scarcity of the original materials used as it requires that the originality of a structure be maintained especially with listed heritage buildings. Modern homes, alternatively are built with less material but with achieved maximum elegance and beauty due to economic reasons. Construction is usually done today to maximize the utilities but with minimal expenses.



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Posted on: February 4th, 2022 by London Building Contractors No Comments