When you start designing your floor plan, you might face the blank page syndrome. Perhaps you are afraid of not being able to express your vision. Then there’s the technical and economic constraints, such as urban laws and price estimations. Drawing simple, straight walls becomes a tedious task. You discover that you need a strict method to achieve your own architectural design.
In this article, we will discuss the best techniques to avoid the common pitfalls when designing.
Start with Something to Tell
Designing floor plans for your home is telling your story. Through the space you create, others learn about your priorities, your lifestyle, and the message you convey. Here are the most recurrent strategies used by today’s architects to create their stories, which might help you find yours.
Sustainable and Bioclimatic
Give the priority to human comfort and health. The design is constraint by environmental factors, such as climate, sun, and wind, coupled with the occupants’ lifestyle. If this architectural practice does not require a graphic style, bioclimatic houses are generally characterized by the preferential use of natural and regional materials.
Based on artistic research and visual experimentation. This technique uses a lot of curves and organic shapes, high fashion architecture and advanced technology to challenge the intelligence of nature.
When “less is more”… The most important part is that you can let go of what no longer serves you, whether they be shapes or items. It’s all about pure spaces, no superficiality. Minimalists often like neat, white rooms and cold lighting with minimum objects and furniture.
When the architecture meets literature and cinema… Design and move on in the architectural spaces with sequences as we look at our project through a camera. The aesthetic coherence of the architectural object loses its importance. Instead, we discover the ambiances during our “architectural promenades.”
Keep it Simple
If you convey too many messages at once, you may not be understood and end up with a confusing design. Make a list of the concepts you like, list what you absolutely want in your dream home. Try to order the ideas you would like to convey, starting from the most important one. When you are left with only a few ideas on your list, make sure they can work together to avoid any inconsistency in your project.
Don’t Listen to “Dont's”
The floor plans you want to make are first and foremost for your house. If you want to paint it entirely in pink or put your bathroom next to the kitchen, you should. Some architects used to think that a building or an object had to be shaped according to its function, but this is not a dogma anymore. On the contrary, architecture is the most popular immersive art form aimed to generate emotions, just like a movie, a song or a painting would. Don’t be afraid to do something new and be original. It is better to do a spectacularly ugly design than copying a regular beauty. Starting a floor plan is always stressful. It is the premises of a huge project, which will affect you and your family for many years. Start simple, don’t try to be perfect by adjusting the proportions. Enjoy the process, it is not often you can design a floor plan completely to your image.
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