Today I am starting to explore the individual space within the home design that I feel is important to consider in applying the homebuyer’s lifestyle.
This is not a departure from the articles that I’ve presented before, rather in depths look into the home plan from more of an analytical approach; i.e.: “how to apply an actual homeowner’s daily activities and living requirements to a plan layout.”
We will in the next several newsletters explore each room of a home and how that space will be utilized. I will illustrate several options to each application as to exemplify my thoughts on the subject discussed.
I welcome your comments and questions about our subjects and I am always open to new ideas and lifestyles of my clients.
The Sense of Arrival
We’ve discussed the exterior of the home and the placement into the property. Notice my choice of words, i.e. into rather than on to the property. This approach represents my theory concerning the total presentation of your home site.
“A part of, not instead of” has been my focus and presented application of designing the home within the property for most of my career. This simple, yet profound design theory has served not only myself, but more importantly my clients very well.
The continuation of the most positive sense of arrival mantra will continue with the entry to your home. This approach to well planned design of thought transfers the exterior of the home to the interior inevitably upon stepping on the front porch. I know that Frank Lloyd Wright consistently in his later years of practice, more likely would “hide” the front entry and in some applications, it worked. However, his homes appeal to a very distinct and rather small percentage of the home buying market. I don’t want these limits to the market ever placed on your home, so we’ll be more conventional in our approach.
Upon entering the entry and foyer, your lifestyle statement is immediately apparent to most of those whom will enter. The key to quality, personal vision, and personality can and should be apparent without excuse or explanation. Often the design community merely takes this space in one of two directions. They either devote little or no regard to the homeowners personality, or the personal statement they want to make, or often times, this area is not even discussed, it just happens. The client without discussion “assumes” that the entry as presented “must work because the expert that we hired said so.” Again, as in most of what you encounter in this design build process, question everything until you totally understand the “why” of the subject.
When creating the entry space, many of us like a rather transparent approach as in when you open the door into this area, you can see through to the rear exterior of the home without obstructions. This thought in most applications, will allow your home to “live larger” than the actual size dictates. A transparent approach to the placement of windows, doors, etc. always allow the homeowner and guests alike the feeling of more living space and the outdoor environment being allowed to enter the home freely.
When you think of the entry, think of the area as a micro vision of the complete home. The elements of design utilized in other areas of the home, i.e. timbers, vaulted ceilings, stone floors, etc. can and should be brought into the entry at a scale appropriate to the space allocated to further express what the language of the home is speaking.
Reputation of design elements, textures, and materials used really needs to create a continuity of expansion throughout the home. I know that budget, and personal choices can cloud your thoughts, but all of what I’m advocating can be accomplished through careful discussion and thought with the design build team.
Additionally, when allocating the square footage for the entry, create this within the proper proportions to the overall home size. Avoid creating an entry that feels like you need to move from this area quickly or creating one so expansive that it represents another living area. The entry, foyer is a reception, greeting and pass through area and approached well, this will express who you are and the living standards of your family without ever requiring an explanation.
In closing, remember to place the importance and thought required in creating a well designed and cohesive approach to the completed home.
Good design really is created when careful thought and total communication with the design team is established and maintained. This careful and thoughtful process will assure you the greatest positive “sense of arrival.”
Until next time, enjoy the journey!