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.
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.
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 north-facing windows from the glare of midday sun. They also provide a covered walkway to keep you dry on rainy days.
A longer cantilever like this one is an expensive feature since it takes substantial engineering and proper load calculations, but the effect is truly dramatic. A cantilevered second floor of this scale also creates a functional carport, allowing visitors to park under it or providing a dry space to unload groceries.