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A Closer Look

Creating the Perfect Space in your future Home

picBy Wolfgang Richter

As a home designer, homebuyers often ask me: What is the best house plan for them. This is just such an open-ended question, because homes are all unique like their homeowners are. It always depends on what stage of life they are in and what their plans are 10 to 15 years from now.

There are 3 factors that control everything about your home. And all those factors must work together: Budget, Location and Lifestyle.

Your budget: how much do you really have to spend on your home? You should always be under budget, because you will always run over budget somehow. There are many things that will influence your building cost that you will have no control over.

Wood and concrete prices are always changing, even if you get a bid today, next week you may find that prices have moved up 8% from your estimate. If your budget is maxed out, where is this extra money going to come from?

The second item to look at is the location. In real estate, they tell you it’s all about location. This will have an impact on the exterior styling of your future house.

Last but not least Lifestyle is the factor that will drive the budget and location. The home for the empty nester is going to be very different from the family with two kids and working parents. The first time homebuyer is looking for something entirely different from the empty nester.

As you see there is no single house plan that is right for everybody. We each have our own unique idea of what our dream home is all about. We need to design our spaces with a unique approach:

picThe Activity Analysis Tool to create your ideal home.

The use of this tool can lead to a preliminary design which can then be submitted to a professional designer for review and refinement. In one way, this process is actually preferable, because there will be more of you and less of the designer in the final outcome.

It is a fact that this analysis tool works well regardless of the future owner’s sophistication or personal idiosyncrasies.

Activity Spaces

The category “food” includes more than we consume and throw away, but humans fully engaged in life do other things as well. They sleep, dream, listen to music, meditate, bathe, sit around and converse, come and go, work, and play. The life of a human comprises a spectrum of activities.

Nearly all of these activities occur within spaces: inside spaces, outside spaces, big spaces, small spaces, shared spaces, solitary spaces. And they proceed regardless of the qualities of those spaces.

The first step in design is to realize that the qualities of your activities are affected by the qualities of the spaces in which they occur. To stress this point, home designers call the spaces within a house “activity spaces.” To the extent that your life is a series of activities, your house should be a collection of activity spaces to facilitate those activities.

What are the defining qualities of an activity space? At the conceptual stage of design, they are three: size (area), orientation and degree of privacy.


No matter what the activity, there is always an area or size of space that works and feels best. It is frustrating to cook dinner in a too-small kitchen, but it is also frustrating never to achieve that wonderful intimacy experienced in a cozy dining room. Too-large areas can be as uncomfortable as those that are too small. So the size of a space is psychological as well as physical.

How can you determine how large a space should be? Your home designer can build your home in virtual reality, showing you all the important spaces in 3D and vivid color, before you even think of breaking ground. Know your house in this “dream stage” of the building process inside and out and make the changes necessary when changes are still “free of charge”.


Orientation is where the activity space should be located relative to the sun and your preferred view to the mountains.

For example, if you detest alarm clocks and prefer being awakened by the sun, the windows in your bedroom should face east. If, on the other hand, you like to sleep late, you should place your sleeping space on either the north or west side. An office should afford an occasional view to the wide open spaces to rest your eyes from reading or computer work.

Degree of Privacy

Once we cross the domestic threshold, most of us like to drop our guard. The ambience and familiarity of the home draw us into more trusting, intimate states.

Between the boardroom and the bedroom lies a whole spectrum of privacy. Most people for whom boardrooms and bedrooms are daily events know the difficulty of the transition. Both time and space are required to effect the transition.

 Nothing imparts a feeling of privacy and security more than sheer distance and separation. We must, therefore, assign a relative degree of privacy to each of our activity spaces.

picBy arranging your spaces in order of privacy, the most private will be remote from the most public, and privacy will be achieved most naturally.

Complete 3D Home Design will take all these above items in consideration when designing a dream home for the truly unique home owner. A “dream home” can never be designed for an unknown future buyer.

Acknowledgement: Part of this article was derived from Sarah Susanka's book "The not so big house"

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