Are You a Modernist or a Traditionalist?

When deciding what type of home to build, many people don’t know how to describe the home they actually want. This article may help you clarify the qualities you want in a new home.

By answering a few key questions about yourself you should be able to talk about what you favor in a way that will help another person understand the qualities that best describe the home you want. Consider these questions:

  • Do you like the white walls, spot lighting and open spaces of an art gallery?
  • Or do you prefer rooms that feel warm and cozy?
  • Do you collect items you like to display?
  • Are you a clean freak?
  • Do you think marble floors are cold and prefer wooden floors?
  • In your opinion do windows need curtains for privacy?
  • Do floors need area rugs to make them comfortable?
  • Should a stairway handrail be made of steel or wood?
  • How would a hand-made quilt on your bed suit you?
  • If you heat water for tea, would it be in the microwave or a kettle?
  • Do you prefer a desktop or a laptop computer?
  • Would you prefer staying at a charming Bed & Breakfast or a full-service hotel?

modernistBy now you should be able to tell if you are a modernist who likes clean, sleek lines and hard, shiny easy-to-clean surfaces like tile, granite and glass. Or maybe you are traditionalist who prefers wooden floors covered with area rugs, handmade textiles like quilts and photos of the family on display. Of course these are not hard fast rules. Some traditionalists would actually rather heat water for tea with the microwave rather than a teapot, but you get the idea.

The general notion is that a traditionalist will tend to feel awkward or uncomfortable in a modernist home setting. It may look impressive, but to traditionalists it feels cold and uncomfortable, like living in a fishbowl.

On the other hand, a modernist would tend find a traditionalist’s home stuffy and cluttered. They would avoid displays of small memorabilia items like family photos or your collection of beer mugs in favor of empty space devoid of what they might consider to be disorder. For example, they would prefer one large painting over many small ones. Or, they might want a simple laptop computer rather than have to deal with all of the cables and electronic components that often are part of a traditional desktop computer set up. While a traditionalist might consider a large screen television an essential piece of living room equipment, a modernist may want that same large-screen television to vanish behind cabinet doors or to be banished from the living room entirely.

In very general terms, traditionalists are often attracted to the look and feel of log built homes as they convey the warmth and coziness they enjoy. A modernist might be more inclined to consider the beautiful arches, soaring ceilings and the clean lines of a timber-frame home. And some of us prefer a little of both!

When you talk to a representative of Pine Harbor Log Homes they will be able to help you design the perfect home no matter what your preferences are. But, understanding yourself, your own tastes and whether you are a modernist or a traditionalist may help both of you get started in the right direction.

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