The Secrets of a Good Home Design: Moving Beyond the obvious
This article is not your basic primer on selecting your “dream home”. Nor does it contain the list of “items to ask your designer” – these things can be found on any designer’s website or Google search. As important as those items are, what we are going to do here is drill-down into the design a little, bypass the fan-fare and talk about some specific concepts that will really make a difference in your life.
Matching your house to your lifestyle begins with an exploration lắp đặt chuồng cọp of your needs and wants. Most home designers will have some type of “discovery process” that will help identify the basics for your home design. It will start with the configuration of your lot and proceed through items such as privacy requirements, work areas, outdoor spaces, etc. Although this process is important to your project, it rarely drills down enough to transform your design into a home that will aid your needs for a lifetime.
Here are two keys of good home design that must be addressed up-front: a) assessing the homeowner’s current needs; and, b) expecting the future needs of men and women living at your house. Before you say “Yeah, yeah… I’ve heard this all before! ” let’s take a more detailed look at what “current needs” entail.
Almost all “discovery processes” searched by home designers focus on the employment and space requirements of the rooms in the house. This is good, but inadequate attention is made available to the personal needs of the people actually living at your house. Without performing a wide assessment of the client’s functional abilities, identifying areas of the home where modifications are necessary is often overlooked.
For example, the wants of a child and his / her power to live comfortably at your house are rarely addressed at the design stage. It’s necessary to measure the child’s current abilities and design a host that works and grows with the child. Some easy adaptive design elements would include adjustable shelves and rods in the closet. As the child grows, the shelves and rods can be moved to better accommodate their reach. Appliances present a similar situation as it is necessary for the controls to be accessible. Front mounted controls on washing machines and dryers enable their use. Safety also is needed. A child trying to use a microwave placed over head is a menu for disaster!
Of course, the above example is very simple, but it illustrates the attachment site that design needs to be done from the perspective of the individual and his / her ability to carry out daily routines at your house. This is why a good designer will perform an assessment of the client and specify the needed design modifications.
There’s a couple of tools that a designer can use to gauge the wants of their clients. One of those tools is the Comprehensive Assessment and Solution Process for Aging Residents (CASPAR). CASPAR was designed for healthcare professionals to gauge their client’s ability to carry out routine activities at your house. This is also useful in determining the requirements of people who have disabilities.
Expecting the future needs of individuals may prove a little trickier, but we can start by understanding the process of aging. Whether we like to think about growing old or not, it is inevitable, and people’s functional abilities diminish over time. A well designed home will easily adapt to these changing needs and also people to stay in their homes longer.
Fortunately, “universal design” is beginning to take root in modern home design. Ron Mace, Founder and Program Director of the Center for Worldwide Design (NCSU), give us the following definition of UD: “The intent of worldwide design is to make simpler life for everyone by making products, communications, and the built environment more available by as many people as possible at minimum extra cost. Worldwide design benefits people of all ages and abilities. ” Because the principles of worldwide design are inclusive for people with disabilities, the effective use of UD in home design is appropriate and addresses many of the needs of men and women who wish to “age in place”.
Adaptable design is dissimilar in concept from worldwide design. Where worldwide design benefits people of all ages and abilities, adaptable design allows the home to be modified for a specific need. An example of adaptable design would be designing a two-story home with “stacked closets” (a closet on the first floor directly below and in-line with a closet on the second floor) so that a residential elevator or lift could easily be installed in the future. When compared, a worldwide design item might be the installation of lever door handles that are better to use for individuals that have lost the ability to grip a standard round door johnson. These lever handles also benefit anyone who may have their hands full with food stores and want to release the entranceway latch by using their forearm or elbow, for example. Children also have an easier time using lever door handles.