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Home Design That Doesn’t Sacrifice Function

Everyone has a style. Whether you love modern structure with clean lines or a tiny cottage bursting with pastel hues, you should know great design starts with basic function. While many people think about design first, doing so can compromise proper flow and utility. If you’re thinking about building a new home or remodeling an existing structure, speak with your architect first. Make certain that you think about each room and know its purpose.

Start with the Bottom Up

First, make a list of what you need — three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a home office, etc. Then, go a bit deeper and think about items you want — having an attached garage that enters a mud room or a large eat-in kitchen, etc. Discuss the overall property as well. If you have a great waterfront view, tell your architect that you want to take advantage of it. One of the best things about building on or near the Pacific coast is the opportunity to capture a view. Remodeling an older structure works similarly. While you may be a bit confined in what you can renovate due to existing structure and budget, a good design firm will still want to know the basics first.

Suited for Life

Once you know which types of rooms are needed, the process of understanding how your family will use each one is beneficial. Most design firms will tell you that it’s always a good idea to build for resale—even if it is your forever home. Since it’s impossible to know what the future may hold, you may end up with your home on the market. If that happens, you want to ensure basic functionality for the majority of the population. If you know that you plan on being in your home for retirement, plan for the master on the first floor. You should also think about the functionality of certain rooms. Of course, a laundry room will house your washer and dryer, but think about how you prefer to do laundry. Ask yourself if you will need a place to iron or hang clothes to dry. If you like to entertain, discuss this aspect of your lifestyle with your architectural firm. They will be able to help walk you through typical aspects of entertaining. Dinner parties are a lot different than outdoor parties. Really think about how you live and talk through it with your architect.

Once your overall plan is complete, you should speak with an interior designer. While the form of a room is much more static, décor isn’t. Aesthetics will change over time due to taste and trends. However, if you work with an interior designer throughout the process, it’s much easier to add little extras that make a home. It’s also best to discuss a classic design that will accommodate your family long-term. Features like hardwood floors and molding rarely go out of style. Using these types of features will allow you to update your look every five years or so without costing a fortune. Furthermore, your interior design choices should work with your functional style. If your family is active, skip the heirloom furniture. After all, great design shouldn’t sacrifice your lifestyle.

If you enjoyed this blog you may want to read our blog about, “5 Things to Consider When Building a New Home.

Smith Brothers is a unique team of construction craftsmen, architects, and interior designers. Since 1978, we stress the absolute highest levels of quality, performance, value and service in each and every project. Our award-winning design ideas, expertise, and collective experience allow us to provide the very best in what we do. For more information please contact us at 877-230-0333, (+01) 858-350-1445, or

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