Are you considering integrating a cupola into your home’s architecture? First, make sure that what you envision is truly a cupola (pronounced CUE-puh-lah). In fact, many of the structures our clients bring pictures of are actually belvederes or lanterns, rather than bona fide cupolas.
Learn the Architecture of Cupolas, Belvederes and Lanterns
Here is a quick rundown, highlighting the difference between the architecture of cupolas, belvederes and lanterns, all of which add a delightful design detail atop a home.
Today, most people interested in cupolas are actually interested in a belvedere or a cupola-belvedere hybrid. They are structures that infuse the interior spaces below with additional light but also offer another niche or usable space in the house. When integrated with the existing architecture, your cupola or belvedere can also enhance the exterior aesthetic. Take the cupola of this home, for example, which leads the eye upward, adds beautiful nighttime illumination, and provides access to a captivating widow’s walk.
TMS Architects renovated this Orchard Home, complete with vaulted ceilings and a decorative cupola that harnesses ample natural light, enhancing the home’s airy and spacious interior. Could your home’s architecture benefit from the integration of a cupola?