Built to Serve
It can be easy to get caught up an all of the latest home design trends without considering functional design. Fortunately, functional design doesn’t have to sacrifice aesthetic appeal. Some of the most beautifully designed homes are an artful blend of form and function; and kitchen remodeling contractors, custom home builders, and home remodeling contractors are taking special care in creating functional house plans based on the way their clients actually live in their homes rather than following a standard footprint.
No matter where you live, the first step in achieving functional design for your home is, of course, the actual blue print. Even if all of the interior decorating decisions you make change over the length of time you own your home, it’s far easier to change out the pieces in those rooms than it is to change the function they serve; so always build on the foundational concept of function. If you want to be able to accommodate a large family in your dining area, you’ll have to incorporate that into the placement of your room, whether that means having a spacious formal dining room or creating an open concept kitchen that flows into a larger dining space. Do a lot of entertaining? You’ll want a living room or great room that reflects that, so plan an expansive area that’s open and airy and well-suited to large couches and extra seating.
Functional home layouts take lifestyle into careful consideration, but they also bear in mind location. For instance, functional design for a home built in Alaska will mean something completely different than a house built for beachfront living in Florida. If you’re living in a beach house, you’ll want a way to keep your home looking beautiful both inside and out; so think about adding a dedicated entryway area where you can store sandals, flip flops, and other beach-centric items and have easy access to washers and dryers to toss in your used beach towels or bathing suits.
Storing Up the Facts
Regardless of the size or location of your home, functional design will be handicapped if you’re short on storage. Having ample closet space and cabinetry is far more important than many people realize when they’re designing a home; but when you’ve run out of room to store everything you need to live the way you live, you’ll end up with a home that leaves you feeling cluttered and claustrophobic.
Is your home living a dysfunctional life? Call in the experts at Omega Construction & Design, Inc., for a solution!