Friday, 24 May 2013

Identify The Design Flaws In Your House

Home design is a very personal subject. What may seem ugly and ridiculous to one person may be the ideal home of another. In terms of esthetics, there is no clear cut dividing line between what is good and what is bad. But beyond looks, a home must be a comfortable place for the family to live. And for this there are some basic principles that are universally applicable. Check your home out against the common home design flaws listed below and see if they apply to you. If so, consider how much they have a negative impact on the way you live and plan to have them corrected when you remodel your home.

1. Not Planning For The Future. When planning a home it is easy to focus on the immediate family needs. But a home is an investment that will be used for many years and the family will change during that time. The family size may increase and people's interests and the space they need will change. If the home you live in now is not as comfortable as it was years ago, it could be that you did not design for the future.

2. Cutting Corners On Materials. Most homes are built on a budget and it is rarely big enough to cover everything the family wants in their home. In these circumstances it can be tempting to try and cut costs by using low grade dry wall, having an overly thin concrete floor or cutting back on the quality of the woodwork. These may save you a few dollars initially which you can use to add some extra design features, but the low material quality will come back to bite you very soon and can take the fun out of living in your home.

3. Unbalanced Storage. Every home needs storage and as time passes and possession accumulate, storage needs tend to grow. Underestimating a family's long term storage needs can lead to a home that is a mess with all kinds of unwanted things lying around. On the other hand providing for too much storage space can waste living area that could be otherwise better utilized.

4. Air Quality. A home that is too open with a large number of big doors and windows or open areas can be a security hazard as unauthorized entry becomes easy. But proper air circulation and ventilation is necessary to make the house a healthy place to live in. Not finding the right balance between esthetics, security consideration and adequate ventilation is a common design flaw that many homes suffer from.

5. Inadequate Natural Light. No amount of artificial lighting can ever replace the bright cheerfulness of natural sunlight. Besides this, sunlight is good for the health and is also a disinfectant that helps to keep places exposed to it germ free. Many homeowners when designing their homes, forget about the importance of natural light and the result is not only a gloomy home but one where the utility costs are very high because of the over use of electricity for lighting.

6. Multi-Use Rooms. There are some parts of the house that serve more than one purpose. A typical example of this is the kitchen. Food is, of course, prepared here. But a normal kitchen is also used to offer neighbors who drop in a cup of coffee, to hold family meetings, for the kids to do their homework, for odd jobs to be done and for all kinds of storage. Not keeping all the uses of a room in mind can lead to major design flaws that limit the comfort and utility of the home.

Take an objective look at your home. What are the design flaws that need to be fixed?

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