As a BA interior designer, one of the main reasons I developed my business specialising in space planning is because I saw a major issue in the construction industry where homeowners where glossing over the spatial design of their project simply because they did not understand the layout of their floor plans and proposed designs. They didn’t understand the importance of knowing how the space is going to work or the consequences of bad space planning, until it was too late. It is more than just a checklist of rooms or a checklist of zoning spaces, it is the relationship between rooms, between each functionality, how you use and how the space works for you. Choosing to focus on spatial design means I put a magnifying glass on your floor plan, your layout and how it all works in a comfortable and easy flow.
What is space planning?
Just like the skeleton of your body, space planning are the bones of your design, you don’t notice either when they work but you know all about it when you a break a leg. Space planning is the preliminary step within the interior design process, it is the most important step because it is the foundation of what your design is built on. It is about defining how the space will be used based on what will suit your needs. Space planning influences how you will move around your home comfortably and with ease, it considers the relationship between you and each room through the four design fundamental elements:
Why is space planning so important?
The consequences of an inadequate space planning is like building a house on bad foundations, cracks will start to appear eventually. When your home does not work for you, you can be left feeling frustrated, claustrophobic and emotional. On the contrary, when the full potential of your home is unlocked, it not only works well for you but the sense of relief will bring you great joy and comfort, not only making you love living there, but also making your life much easier, more comfortable and much more enjoyable. When time is not given to study how the space will work for you and your family, oversights happening and mistakes are made. It is very expensive to change ‘the foundations’ once you have started to build on them which can either cost you more money or worse you will have to settle on a design that does not work for you.
What is the process of space planning?
Space planning is included in every design process, however as an architects skill set includes the design of the exterior of your home and an interior designers comprises of specifications on finishes and furnishes maybe concentrating on each room separately and an engineers main focus is to ensure that your design is structural sound meaning creative opportunities are lost. As a spatial designer my expertise lay in between, zoning in on your spatial layout of your home in it’s entirety, how it will flow, how it will connect and work for you.
“For me, design is not about the ‘pretty picture’, it is about how your home works for you, the bones of it, the structure, how it makes you feel and ultimately how you feel in your home.”
There are several things to be considered when working out the perfect spatial layout.
Functionality: One of the first questions I ask myself when I am designing a space is, what is it going to be used for, why is it going to be used? How is it going to be used, not just for now but also in the future, can the layout adapt allowing flexibility for the homeowner.
The User: We all have very different personalities, interests, likes and dislikes. How one person lives doesn’t mean we all want to live like that. The best spatial design suits the personality of the homeowner, how they want to live with ease and comfort.
Proportion: The size of space can have a huge impact on how it can be used and which function it should be allocated. Getting the balance right between the proportion of space allocated to the right function is key to your spatial layout, it doesn’t make sense to have a huge room to house your dining table if you only use a couple of times a week and then have a tightly spaced kitchen where you are squeezed into it, you have to get the proportion of the spaces right.
What does this mean for your project?
There is often more than one solution to planning out a space of a home, the aim is to unlock the full potential of your home to design a space that suits YOU. Are you planning to renovate your outdated home? Does your home feel disconnected or is your home a combination of different broken up spaces that doesn’t flow well together? I can help you get the most out of your space by solving your spatial design problems to unlock the full potential of your home whether it is working within your existing footprint, adding an extension or both.
Have you just bought an older home in need of modernisation but you don’t know where to start? Start Here. Take the first step, request a free ‘Clarity Call’, and you will learn more about how my unique design process the Memory Making Method™ can turn your outdated home into the gem it can be.
PS. Do you have floor plans of your new build but you are having doubts about your layout. I can help you. I offer a Design Diagnosis Discussion to people who are having doubts on their purposed design, who are unsure if their space is being used to it’s full potential or are looking for a second option on their floor plans.