In Western culture purchasing your own home is seen as a huge accomplishment and a milestone which most people aspire to achieve. It is rare to be in a position where you can design your new home from start to finish. Seeing your home develop from an idea, to a sketch, into a 2D and 3D design and then its final creation can be an amazingly satisfying journey, one that is honestly a once in a lifetime experience.
Even though the good certainly outweighs the bad, the process it can still be daunting. The process incorporates a number of different people, organisations all coming from different perspectives. It includes creativity, hands on construction, time management, as well as practical thinking and problem solving. If you are the homeowner the practicality of your home will be very important to you. It affects the way you use your home and its overall livability. Furthermore practicality is something that can be rather subjective and therefore can sometimes get overlooked. With that in mind, it is important that as homeowners you look beyond the beauty of the home designs, inspirational marketing and decide how you want your home to operate. How the space should work and flow before engaging an architect or builder. Not that they won’t have their own ideas, as they most certainly will do along with a great deal of experience, but more so you are able to set your parameters upfront to guide the process, and know what your priorities or non-negotiables are.
We have pulled together a few key areas that you can use as prompts to discuss and hopefully articulate your prefered outcome.
The flow of light is a crucial aspect to any home. Natural light is not just important to how the house looks or feels but how we feel as human beings. Natural light has been shown to improve our happiness and therefore having light flowing through your home is extremely important. To us and all living things in our homes.
Designing your home’s spatial transitions can be one of the harder tasks when designing a home. The reason being is that without being able to physically inhabit the space and walk around the design it is hard to assess whether it works for your lifestyle. Don’t fret though as there are a number of resources to pull from as well as 2,000 plus years of texts on Feng Shui and how to create the right flow of energy around your home.
Research has continued to show the benefits of nature on humans wellbeing, and furthermore the research suggests that the benefits aren’t restricted to people being physically in nature, as research where people were simply shown a picture of nature showed reductions in anger and stress.
Therefore even if you have a small building or apartment it is no excuse not to create your own eden, as the health benefits far our way the spatial limitations. It could be something as simple as a herb garden on the windowsill and air filtering potting plants in the house, but it is worth the investment.
Air flow and the homes heating and cooling options are another essential which is not considered aesthetically pleasing but still important to the liveability of a home. These items should be considered up front and paired with discussions about layout and flow. Remember to consider natural air flow as ideally as well as an air conditioner there should also an option to let natural air flow through the house where possible.
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