Design Essentials: Scale and Proportion

As artists and architects, Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture cherishes age-old design principles that guide us in our art, whether it’s a traditional gothic estate or a contemporary family home. These architectural design principles enable us to create livable spaces that never grow old.

Scale and proportion are among the most important tools we use when designing a custom home. When applied correctly, these calculations create a structure that relates to the natural landscape and to the people who occupy and enjoy it.

The Golden Ratio

The golden ratio lies at the heart of our calculations. This mathematical equation helps us craft structures that are aesthetically pleasing to the human eye. Its application is seen in structures ranging from the Parthenon to the houses that dot the American landscape. Ultimately, this ratio determines the proper sized for features and accessories within your dream house, so that when the house is finished, everything comes together as a unified form rather than as a series of individual elements.

We use age-old design principles to craft each client's dream house.

Scale and proportion also draw attention to various elements of a custom home. Features such as grand fireplaces, high ceilings, sharp roof lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows can provide a stunning connection to the natural landscape. As long as the proper scale is used, the home will appear to simply spring forth from the building site.

Artful Illusion

Finally, scale is also used to trick the eyes and the senses by making open spaces feel smaller and closed spaces feel larger. Regardless of the size of the home, considering “human scale” creates a structure that people can relate to and feel comfortable within.

We use age-old design principles to craft each custom home.

We cherish the opportunity to apply the principles of art to the development, design, and construction of each unique home, and we’d be honored to sit down and help you apply scale, proportion, and the golden ratio to your dream house.