The leading edge: 8 ways to use cantilevers in residential design

A cantilever is a protruding beam that’s supported on only one side. Rooted in physics and structural design, a cantilever can be a stunning architectural element or just a clever way to add a little more light to a room. Discover how designers are incorporating cantilevers in home design, in both major and minor ways. Exterior enhancements: Whether they’re protecting you from the elements, creating dramatic views or just adding a little more light, architectural cantilevers provide a bevy of benefits. Protected walkways: This home’s second floor is offset from the first floor in a way that creates an overhang. Overhangs, of course, offer the benefit of shielding south-facing windows from the glare of midday sun. They also provide a covered walkway to keep you dry on rainy days.


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