I love checklist. I make them for daily to-do list, grocery list, and list of goals. Notice, space planning was not on that list.
Often times, I am asked to comment on current design trends. If you know me, you know I don't follow them.
As the great Karl Lagerfeld said, "Trendy is the last stage before tacky."
One of the latest trends I am noticing may not be on the radar of many people, but it isn't a good one. I can't help but notice that space planning has taken a back seat to flash and trash design.
I could sit here and pontificate about the reasons behind this, but it would do none of us any good.
I am in a state of constant observation of the world around me. From the restaurants I eat, to the stores I shop, to the magazines I read, the homes for sale I tour, or the designs I pin on Pinterest. If I look past the pretty facades, I can't help but notice the deficiencies is how these spaces actually function and the poor use of space.
Often times, I have had clients say to me, "My architect or (even worse) contractor drew these plans for me." I shudder.
This is like asking advice about your stock portfolio from your housekeeper and losing $250,000.00, overnight. Then, you are mad at your house keeper. Why would you take advice from your housekeeper about your stock portfolio, when that is not her area of expertise?
It was my experience in school that my teachers made space planning a priority, and that I had the opportunity to work with one of the most brilliant space planners, Ike Isenhour. It is ingrained in me to notice how space is used and how it makes you feel.
Let's talk a little about what space planning is, so you have a better understanding of why I find it so important.
Space planning is the core of any interior design. It is the allocation and division of interior space to meet the requests and needs of an individual client whether they are looking to plan a residential house or even an office building. An ideal space plan makes a huge difference of how you live and work just like any piece of furniture, appliance, or the colors of the walls.
When talking about space planning for a residential home, I have to consider a number of important factors. For example, if your bedrooms are too small to accommodate both a king sized bed along with various furniture items then how will you manage them? Likewise, if your kitchen is too small then how will you be able to move around freely and fight claustrophobia? The most important things to think about is how you will design your interiors according to your custom needs and requirements.
The perfect answer to all of these questions is space planning. This involves maximum utilization of all available space in the efficient and effective manner according to your special needs and requirements.
If you look at it from a financial perspective, it is evident that space is one of the most valuable assets for anybody, with prices per square foot increasing all the time. Therefore, it is incredibly important to utilize the space you have in the best, most practical, and stylish way possible.
A scaled floor plan is like a map - it shows where you're going and how to get there. I will know how to place the furniture for maximum usage and comfort with a pleasing sense of order.
For the best space planning, you will ideally have to hire an experienced and skilled professional, who has been providing these services successfully for many years. A small space can be managed efficiently in numerous ways or layouts with my help, while a large space can be mismanaged without my expertise. If you are planning a new construction or full home remodeling project that includes an architect, the best investment of your time and money would be to hire me - the interior designer - at the same time. We can collaborate together to ensure you the best results possible.
My 14 years of experience are characterized by an exceptional use of space and an exquisite quality of interior finish. I am able to design and build entire projects from conception through to completion and provide architectural, interior design and project management skills as part of an integrated service.
Across the world, reconfiguring older properties or those with poor layouts is often difficult to visualize. I can provide a clear and informed understanding of what permissible changes add value and can help you visually realize them with photo realistic 3D renderings.
Before you begin your new construction or remodeling project, pause. Think it through. Hire your dream team to help you achieve your goals, your vision, and hire an expert in space planning to ensure the best possible outcome.