Styles of country houses. Elite country house

Styles of country houses. Elite country house (interesting articles).

Despite the large number of styles presented in suburban construction, elite houses have one thing in common – they strive with all their might to be unlike the generals’ dachas of the Soviet era and the notorious red brick castles that were built in the open field in the early 90s. A very characteristic trend for elite houses is the creation of patios, large balconies under the roof slopes of the house and verandas, which enliven the composition of the house, and most importantly, allow the owners to be comfortably outdoors in any weather.

Another trend for country houses is large windows in the living area. Sometimes they build sliding glass doors from floor to ceiling or elite panoramic glazing. Such glazing allows you to be closer to nature even in winter, and not to look at the surrounding beauty, as in a television, through small windows.
Naturally, modern window profiles allow you to solve the problem of keeping heat in the house without sacrificing the size of the window. All this suggests that people are tired of the city and want to get as close to nature as possible in country life.

Construction of elite country houses

In the elite sector, almost no wooden buildings are represented. In the elite sector, the attitude towards wood, despite its environmental friendliness and durability (with new impregnation technologies), is wary. Although the changes in this plan of suburban construction have already started, people are increasingly beginning to pay attention to wooden buildings. This is not surprising, because in countries with a similar climate, such as Canada, the USA and Germany, the lion’s share of the housing market is made up of wooden houses. In the most expensive and elite houses, wood is more often used as an element of decor, and not as a supporting structure.

The “Chalet” style of suburban construction came into vogue in our country a few years ago. Today, it is hardly appropriate to talk about its triumphal progress: its spread was associated with several cottage villages, where it was successfully used, it was practically not used in individual construction.

Styles of suburban construction

Fashion trends in architecture are rather an expression of the state in which society is. For example, in the early 90s, people were fed up with a large number of standard panel houses, so when building elite country houses, they focused on the classic style of noble estates. When free travel abroad was allowed, people saw many other styles that were used in domestic construction. Adaptation of European styles of country houses to Ukrainian realities is still ongoing, especially in the elite sector. Therefore, villages began to appear in English, Finnish, and German styles.

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Today, the deliberate architectural brevity of the facades is clearly visible in suburban construction. Often, the main attention is focused on the part of the building that faces the courtyard, where the owners of the house spend most of their time, and not on the front part, as was customary in Soviet times.
Also, architects pay much more attention to the features of the site. Before rushing to build a house, they carefully study the lighting, which depends on the location of the sides of the light and the possible height difference. They evaluate in which direction the most beautiful view opens. Not all beautiful country houses have huge plots, it is always important to find the optimal shape and location of the house on the plot.

Among the new elite country houses, there is a lot of modernism, it is mainly about the use of numerous elements of external decoration of facades and about the whimsical combination of several volumes, often having different heights or imitating this effect thanks to different height and different direction elements of the roof.

In contrast, other architects refuse the oversaturated facades of country houses, and when forming the exterior of the house, they emphatically proceed from the convenience of internal layouts. Such houses are characterized by the use of materials that preserve the sense of “naturalness” of the house. The combination of elements of wood, artificial or natural stone, textured plaster painted in calm tones helps them in this. Such country houses are also distinguished by the asymmetry of the building plan and the horizontal orientation of the composition (in contrast to the vertical). Unlike chalet-style houses, these houses have flatter roofs made of flexible tiles.

The variety of architecture for country houses is achieved thanks to bold, sometimes whimsical combinations of intersecting cubic forms of different volumes and floors. The contrast of rectangular and rounded elements of the building is also used. At the same time, small facade decorations are used extremely sparingly.
In general, the roofs of country houses are becoming more and more sloping today. The high-quality construction of the roof allows you not to be afraid that with a slight slope of the roof it may break under the weight of snow. Sloping roofs allow you to more fully use the possibilities of attic spaces and increase their area, as well as change the silhouette of the building. Flat roofs also appear.

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In contrast to previous years, architects often strive to combine all the premises needed by the owner of the premises in one building, especially if the area of ​​the plot is small. For example, today it is increasingly rare to see small auxiliary buildings scattered around the site – a garage, a gazebo, a bath house, a house for guards or servants, etc. – all this is placed under one roof. And the owners often prioritize the presence of certain rooms and internal planning, and the architecture of the house is designed to technologically and stylishly create an outer shell for this space.
It should be noted that in the elite sector, despite the large number of new trends, the classic forms of country houses remain extremely popular. Of course, these are modern classics, and not just copies of samples of the XVIII-XIX centuries. So, let’s move on to specific buildings that demonstrate these trends to one degree or another.


This house is undoubtedly one of the most unusual among those that have appeared in recent times. This architectural style has two highlights – the shape of the roof and the use of the facade of the house as a wall, which will separate the owners from the road that runs along the border of a not very large plot. This method certainly deserves attention and even replication: our mentality requires privacy, but deaf fences (even in a cottage village) are increasingly perceived as a relic. In this case, the facade of the house will be stretched along the entire plot, and the main residential premises will have windows to the yard, which has a small pond.
But most of all, this house is remembered for the shape of the roof. The single-sloped, wave-shaped roof is inclined towards the inner courtyard – it feels like a light scarf has been thrown over the building. From the street, the house looks like a whole, but from the back you notice that it is three buildings united by one roof – the house itself, a garage-canopy and a room for security. Детальніше: