My name is Tudor and I am writing a blog about the golden rules of architecture and interior design. Would members be open to providing me with their Golden Rule, the one piece of advice they stick to or would recommend others to follow, or perhaps just a sound principle they have learnt and now swear by.
Basically I want to compile these into one blog post, giving the best advice. If you would help me it would be much appreciated. All I need is your quote (50-150 words), your name and your location.
I will also give credit to the forum for helping me to write the piece, as well as all contributors.
Artistic flair, good sketching abilities, a colour wheel and a set of decent water colours. Architectural fibre pens can run into hundred of pounds so caveat emptor.
A PC with a colour package installed, paint box, Google Sketchup Pro, Turbo cad Interiors (latest version). and be sure you have a grading colour scale as almost all s/w that uses a colour palette does. I think the Golden Rule has to be There isn't one. Design is a subjective issue and originates from your collection of mental images that you like or dislike. A sketch pad and time.
Do not be afraid of convention it sucks even on a good day. You may also need a builders catalogue (Selco is a good one) to see the off-the-shelf and available products, sizes colours and all.
My raison d’etre is architecture. i live for it and adore it and I have found that there is a line that makes architecture great, cross over it and you have a big pile of poo at your feet. So try in a sandbox and when you get it right and to your liking then it is right.
Study Russian architecture and Italian, French stuff is good too all available on the Internet. Look, digest and sketch. All great architecture begins with a little piece of wood.
Let us know how you get on I am so, so interested in your project and will help if I can. However this is my home now and I may find it difficult to pull away.