Home Design to Fit Your Lifestyle

Filed in Design and Decor by on August 21, 2014

Houses are like personalities. Some are happy, warm, inviting; others are understated and meditative. There is a cornucopia of house personalities. When our architecture firm designs a home for a family, we are sure to ask about their lifestyle. A home functions best when we design around how the family actually lives and uses their home. Here are a few of the personalities and lifestyles a family and their house may contain.

13890649612_1e6a91db12_z (2)The “we love to entertain” house

A home can be filled with kids coming and going or a couple who loves to entertain friends and family. For these types of clients, the home is created around these “party” events. Larger kitchens and adjacent family and dining spaces are opened up to allow for flow of food, fun and frivolity. More seating is designed throughout, with a variety of choices where guests can find a spot for different types of conversations. Built-in window seats, eating nooks, even fireplace hearths are integrated into larger seating elements to accommodate the extra people and the ebb and flow of conversations. If sports is the big draw, a larger TV might be a central feature that needs to be visible from all the adjacent spaces.

Kitchen islands and peninsulas become a great place for buffet lines and, if budget allows, a separate wet bar for serving beverages. Elongated shallow sinks can be integrated into the additional countertops for serving various food items on ice, etc.

5405861863_79d61a52b5_z (1)The “we want calm, meditative” house

A client desiring a meditative home can have a very particular description of his or her lifestyle, needs and desires, even down to the type of shelving in a master bath to hold certain brand of facial cream. These clients are uber-knowledgeable about themselves schedule-wise, mentally and spiritually. They do not want their home to obstruct the life they are trying to live. In fact, it’s just the opposite. A meditative home can be minimal in nature, meaning the furniture is sparse, functional. The art is places strategically and with meaning. The lines of the exterior and interior spaces are simplified so as not to distract the eye. There are less architectural details than more. A house of this nature can be of any style, but the easiest to refer to are the flat-roofed, white mid-century modern homes of the 1950s. “Less is more” is the mantra in this world.

Kitchens are typically gallery-style to allow for maximum efficiency and ease of movement. Master suites are designed for quiet, reading and reflection. A separate space may even be integrated into the home for the specific act of reflection, devotions, meditation, etc. Colors are usually softer, blended tones, although muted accents could be used for focus.

12310252924_5c989939c8_zThe “we collect fine art” home

This home has one main function and passion: to enjoy artwork. The focus is to maximize the “real estate” on the walls for the art while maintaining adequate natural lighting, to shelter art pieces from the sun’s harmful UV rays, to light artificially in a fashion flexible enough to accommodate a rotating art collection that is constantly growing and, oh! don’t forget the inhabitants within the home. This can be one of the most fun yet challenging homes to design, a sculpture itself to live within and enjoy the wonderful creativity of artists. Again this home can embody any architectural style, but a good collector will recognize the nature of his or her collection to the style or period of home to reflect honed preferences.

Views are carefully sought within the home to view the art from as many vantage points as possible. Walls tend to be white or near white so as not to compete with the art. The artwork is the color and accent of the home. Detailing is minimal but finely crafted. Furniture is something also to collect, for there are many fine pieces of furniture that are works of art in themselves. The master suite is another great space for the art collection. Outdoor spaces are also considered for sculpture along with an intentional landscape design.

Regardless of who you are and the lifestyle you enjoy, a conversation with a designer can help you determine how best to integrate your life into your new home or remodeling project. What personality does your home want to be?

by Phil Stahl

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