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Function and design

It can be tempting for architects planning buildings and designers of interior living spaces to let their creative instincts drive the project.  And one could be forgiven for thinking this is perfectly alright.  But what if in doing so, they are so carried away by the design that they forget to spend time considering the way in which the space will be used, particularly in five years or more.

An architecturally impressive building design may, on paper, address the needs of homeowners or tenants, with green open spaces creating room to escape an otherwise built-up environment, or cleverly positioned dwellings to encourage the creation of communities.  But if this leads to noise adversely affecting residents due to groups of people coming together, the reality of living in that building may not be a pleasure.

Equally, if a beautiful home has an amazing kitchen and utility room, yet they’re situated at opposite ends of the house, this could be impractical.  And of course, the finer kitchen design details can have a significant impact on ease of use and basic enjoyment of a new kitchen – where the minimum consideration of the work triangle of cooker-sink-fridge should always work.

Further thoughts on this topic are discussed in this Evening Standard article – food for thought.  And if you’d like to talk with one of our designers about how a kitchen really should work, please get in touch.

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