For most of us our homes are our sanctuary. Being able to retreat to a place where the rigors of the day can be set aside, just for a minute, I believe is one of the key elements of what makes a house a home. How is this accomplished? Here are three ways:
Space planning involves organising many different functions and relationships of room types. Many of these room types can be easily re-purposed as your family grows or circumstances change. However, there is one space or zone that needs to be kept in check.
Designing and building your own home will be one of the most expensive things you will do in your life. Would you rather build a better quality house with the same or even less materials? Or, simply slap together a bunch of rooms and hope for the best?
Your building site will naturally have a whole lot of lumps, bumps and waves on it. These features are what makes up the contours of your site. Understanding the effect of your contours on your dream home can make or break a project.
When you begin to wonder what your dream home may be like and you start focusing on the way you and your family interact with your current home, you will discover that certain parts of your house are used in a certain way depending on the time of day and the event.
Over the last ten years or so the technology used to assist architects to design homes for their clients has developed exponentially. The funny thing is architects, at least myself and my collegues, will always start with a simple pencil and paper.
For most people the custom home they are designing is their second or third house. It also means over the years, they have collected or inherited a truck load of furniture, artwork and equipment. Each of these items will need to be allowed for when calculating room sizes.