Podcast, Ep. 258 Giving New Builds Charm & Character with Brandon Ingram

Giving new builds charm and character with architect Brandon Ingram

Architect Brandon Ingram

Today we are thrilled to welcome Georgia-native Brandon Ingram to the show. Brandon is a Georgia Tech alum and two-time winner of the prestigious Philip Shutze Award for Excellence in Classical Design from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA). In 2012 he founded C. Brandon Ingram design; a full-service residential design firm specializing in custom homes, renovations, and architectural interiors. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, and more. Brandon has a special ability to craft homes that are rooted in history but also unique and of their time. He flawlessly weaves a sense of charm and familiarity through his use of subtle details. Brandon shares with us his best advice for giving a new build charm and character.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • Brandon fell in love with classical architecture as a child in South Georgia.
  • Why Brandon advises clients to dig into their feelings and nostalgia when searching for a design style.
  • How true to the original design style of a house do you need to stay?
  • How to pick the moldings and other features that stay true to the house.
  • What Brandon recommends for reviving a 90’s architecture house.
  • Brandon recommends using Get Your House Right as a guide to working with your home’s architecture.
  • What materials you should prioritize when budgeting for a new build.
  • What works more often than not when choosing lighting for a new build?
  • What impact has Graceland had on Brandon’s personal design?
  • Why it’s important to have an expert help you to preserve the POV of the house.
  • Brandon’s simple details are what keep his designs classic.
  • What led Brandon to creating house plans?
  • What is the advantage of working with an official house plan vs. just working with a builder?
  • What is Brandon’s favorite style?
  • Outdoor living spaces have become a big focus in-home designs.
  • Are people still having large primary bedrooms including sitting areas?
  • Why Brandon doesn’t want to see traditional dining rooms go away but rather serve as multifunctional spaces.

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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.