DESIGNING EFFICIENT SPACES
Space planning is an essential step in the interior design process. Without proper space planning, you risk creating a design that is not optimal and that doesn’t work well. The key to a successful design job starts with determining the purpose of the space being designed. As a professional, it is House of Kitchens job to ask all the right questions and gather all the necessary information to plan out a functional space that suits your needs.
House of kitchens in-depth analysis together with basic design principles will help us create a well-balanced, easily navigable and beautiful space.
Determining purpose and defining zones
First things first – even before we start designing, we will have to define zones depending on the purpose of the space.
We will ask you what the area will primarily be used for. For example, for a kitchen, we will ask how often you cook, how many people cook, if you normally cook together, if you have kids, if you prefer eating at an kitchen island or if you would rather have a dedicated dining area, what kind of storage you need, what appliances you need, etc.
Asking these types of questions will help House of Kitchens determine the main purpose of the room, making it easier for House of Kitchens to define specific zones.
Allowing easy circulation
Easy circulation is (or should be) a priority in a home and it is a major component of space planning.
A room cannot be considered functional if navigating it is a hassle. As designers, we need to make sure there aren’t any obstacles obstructing passageways and that the distance between structures is comfortable enough to walk through or work around.
For example, when designing a kitchen, there are certain measurement guidelines we may need to follow in order to provide a seamless experience. The distance between counters, appliances, and the sink all have to be measured out prior to executing your design for optimal results.
Another aspect of proper space planning is maximizing the amount of light in the room. You can do this by adding or replacing windows, or simply by making sure there is sufficient artificial lighting in the space.
If you will be adding windows, make sure they’re facing the right direction to let in as much sunlight as possible. If you are adding artificial lighting, make sure you layer it to achieve the desired level of brightness.
Depending on the room you’re designing and your needs, you can opt for ambient lighting, overhead lighting, task lighting, or all of the above. Dimmers come in handy so you can adjust the brightness as needed.
Placing outlets and switches
When it comes to outlets and switches, strategic placement is key.
When we are creating your design, you need to think about how many appliances, lights, and other devices will potentially be plugged in. By asking what you use the space for will help you determine the number of outlets and switches necessary in your design.
If you’re designing a living room and your client is planning on mounting their television to the wall, you can draw out your plan and place the power and cable outlets halfway up the wall. That way, your client won’t have to worry about drilling a hole in the wall to fish out the electrical wires.
Sometimes we need to design for clients with special needs , we may need to consider things like adjusting the height of the kitchen sink, installing pull-out trays for the pantry and cabinets, front-mounted controls for cooktops, adjusting the height of the toilet, installing grab bars in the shower, and much more.
Using space planning software
The easiest and most accurate way to create a design for a project is to use a space planning software.
Advanced space planning software allow you to draw detailed floor plans, including electrical plans. We can also view your designs in 3D and show them to you prior to moving forward with the project so you can better visualize their space and let you know if you want to make any changes.
Finally, your designer is there to work with you and design the project for your needs ( not theirs).
It’s all about functionality as well as style, you can have the best looking kitchen, but if it’s not functional then you will be disappointed and the designer has done a BAD job.
At House of Kitchens we pride ourselves in designing functional kitchens with the latest technology and custom made materials.