Connection or isolation; the importance of balanced interiors
You will often hear architects, including myself, talk about ‘connection’ when discussing home designs. But what does it mean exactly, and how does it apply to your home design?
Interior Designs For Homes – Areas of Connection
When we discuss ‘connection’, we mean that various areas within your home should be linked in a pre-planned way. For example, in the old days’ houses were designed with lots of walls, doors and hallways. You passed through a door, walked along a hallway, then through another door and into the next room.
In these homes, the kitchen was often separate from the main living area of the home. The person preparing the meal was removed from any conversations and activities that were taking place elsewhere within the home.
Over time the doorways became wider, the hallways became smaller and the entire inside of the home opened up allowing people to remain ‘connected’ to other people within the home. This connection is very much desirable in modern home designs, to the point that hallways have almost been completely done away with. But has it gone too far? Do all areas of your home need to be connected?
Removed by Design
There are some areas of your home that are best to be removed from the main activity areas of the home. Bedrooms are a good example of this. You would hardly want to be sleeping right next to where someone is watching television for example. But there are other parts of the home that can also benefit from ‘exclusion’.
Whilst there are times when we want to feel included, there are also times when we want to feel secluded. For example, when reading a magazine or a book it is far more enjoyable to do so away from the distraction of conversations or electronic entertainment devices. Therefore a great home design will incorporate an area for the purposes of reading or peaceful reflection.
But it’s not always about quiet time. Sometimes you want a room to be removed for the opposite reason. For example, a home theatre, where you want to watch movies to the full potential of your surround sound system, is best to be a little less well connected to the rest of the home. That’s not to say that it should be stuck in a separate building altogether, you still want easy access to refreshments after all, but the design of your home should mean that your movie watching does not impact adversely on the activities of other occupants.
Of course, it’s not only the inside of the home that needs to be considered. I often tell my clients that the outside areas of their homes should seamlessly be connected to the interiors of their home, but only to a point. There are times where a quiet corner of the garden can become the most attractive aspect of the home.
A well planned outdoor area will often incorporate a secluded area within the garden that captures the warm winter sun, yet blocks out the hustle and bustle of the rest of the yard. This area can be the perfect place to relax on a garden bench with a good book, or perhaps even swing in a hammock.
The best part of an outdoor area of this kind is that you don’t need a massive garden to be able to achieve it. Even small yards can have a secluded corner that gives the owner a place to escape and unwind.
So whilst the connection is vitally important in great home designs, so too is planned exclusion. A beautifully designed home will give you the best of both worlds. If you would like to achieve this with your existing home, or perhaps a new home design, then contact us today by clicking on the link below and let us help you achieve the perfect balance.
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