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A stone’s throw from the Coliseum in Rome, Italy sits the Basilica of Maxentius, an impressive structure with exposed coffered ceiling perched on the edge of the ancient forum along Via Foro Imperiali. You may already know of  Rome’s importance as a center for commerce in the ancient Mediterranean world, but did you know that it’s architectural history is very closely related to commerce, too? In fact, architectural structures known as basilicas were first created as a place to conduct business, and only later became a place of religious worship. 

Fast forward to the world of architecture and commerce today. Both have made enormous strides and come a long way in the past two thousand years. Today’s world of architecture demands professionals remain agile, flexible and adaptable. That is especially true in the world of custom homes and residential architecture where a variety of styles, materials and things accounted for. Often times, these are the unique desires of a client combined with the expertise of a residential architect. 

These are just a few aspects of residential architecture that translate well to small commercial architecture. In this article, we’ll describe some of the benefits of taking a residential approach to small commercial architecture. 

What is Residential Architecture? 

Just like it sounds, residential architecture is any architecture designed to be used as a home, or place to dwell. So when it comes to custom homes, we work with owners to identify the needs that fit the demands of their life. In a similar way with business, we attempt to create spaces that meet the demands of the business as it relates to small commercial architecture. With residential architecture, the architect works to ensure local building codes are satisfied. That means ensuring plumbing codes are met, and it means ensuring electrical codes are met as well. The same is true when dealing with small commercial architecture. 

What Is Commercial Architecture? 

Just as it sounds, commercial architecture is architecture that focuses on areas designated for the buying and selling of goods — or commerce. At the beginning, much is the same residential architecture in that a foundation and structure must be defined, and local regulations that must be met. Beyond that, there are significant differences that you can imagine. 

What comes to mind when you think of commercial spaces? There are a wide variety of businesses part of various sectors. When it comes to small commercial architecture, many of the same rules apply as with other commercial architecture. To start, an architect will meet the demands of the business with efficiency on every front. Whether it’s product displays, design insights about delivery and shipments or space planning for staff work, a residential architect’s approach, in essence, is the same in that it is designed to meet the needs of the individual, in this case a business. 

Now that we have a thorough understanding of residential architecture and commercial architecture, let’s turn attention to how we bring a residential approach to small commercial architecture. What does that mean exactly? In the following discussion, we’ll break it down. 

Our Residential Approach To Small Commercial Architecture 

To us, a residential approach to small commercial architecture means to pay additional attention to two important areas: a special focus on design and attention to use of space. When it comes to the former, good design should meet the demands of the business. When it comes to utility and functionality, the architectural features should meet the daily demands of the business. 

Just as every custom home is different, every small commercial architecture project is different. And that’s where the skills of a residential architect translate so well. Just as an individual with the ability to commission a custom homes wishes to enjoy bespoke features of the space, so does the owner of a small commercial space wish to have the same experience. In the next section, we’ll discuss how to consider scale when it comes to this type of commercial architecture. 

Considering Scale and Small Commercial Architecture 

Apart from the focus on design and space, small commercial architecture also requires the consideration of scale.  Another important component of a residential approach to small commercial architecture. Involves rethinking scale and change of scale depending on program and use. The possibilities are endless when it comes to ensuring every nook and cranny of your small custom commercial architecture is met.  

Attention to Detail And Finishes for Your Home 

Whether it’s residential architecture or small commercial architecture, it’s no secret that details play a central role not only in a custom home, but in small commercial spaces as well. That’s because the details come together to create the overall aesthetic of the space. And it is truly the experience garnered by a residential architect that will bring all of the details to life to create a truly superior experience when it comes to a unique space for a small commercial business. 

Keeping An Open Mind About Your Small Commercial Architecture 

Now you have a better understanding of what it means to take a residential approach to small commercial architecture. Remember, at the end of the day, only a residential architect understands how to perfectly balance the many difficult design and architecture elements, along with facilitating the entire process. On another level, the architect understands all things bespoke. And in that way, only he or she is qualified to bring the dream in your minds eye to fruition. 

A Final Word On Commerce and Architecture 

Back in Rome, the Basilica of Maxentius remains an imposing structure. When it was built, it combined different elements of Roman architecture, borrowing arches from the iconic Roman baths and including elements from the Markets of Trajan. In a similar way, modern residential home architects must incorporate elements from old, new and features contemporary. In this way, design and architecture continue to evolve by perpetuating a new amalgam of styles.