Monthly Archives: September 2018

Psychology of the Home Design

I am often asked what is the most important aspect of my interior design work. For me it has to be that we are happy in our own home. This may sound simple, but people often tell me that they are unable to relax at home. On closer analysis, this is usually because of their surroundings, such as the color of a room, or how the furnishings are arranged.

Start by playing the truth game with yourself. If you are someone who loves walks in the country and the outdoor life, you are unlikely to be happy in an environment decorated in a stark, minimal, contemporary style. Visualize a scene where you are totally relaxed, and work out what creates this atmosphere. Does your home reflect any of this? If not, try incorporating some of these images in your decorating scheme.

Interior design is not just about choosing paint, fabrics and curtain styles. Open your eyes to the deeper meaning of the home, and how your surroundings affect you. Analyze your response to color and the effect certain colors have on the way you feel. Take the time to learn about Feng Shui, and you will be amazed the difference just moving furniture around a room can have.

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Choosing Colours for Your Home Designs

And so you are through with all the home building and house designs, and you have already sent out people to finish the layout and the landscaping, and yes you are now on the step on choosing a color specific to your own personal taste and choice, to better accentuate your home designs, yes you are almost ready to see the fine touches of your humble home. And from that we will help you achieve your goal.

To start with, the very first thing you should do is to decide which features and existing material finishes in your house. This will include kitchen – for its cabinets, floor tiles etc, and bedroom – cabinets, color combined fixtures and so on. Color is a very powerful tool to make your house look presentable and look amazing. It can also contribute on the space of which the eye is visibly looking for. Color for your homes are such an important factor to understand before you decide which one actually works for you.

The furniture and fixtures has also an impact on the visual appearance of the house you are building. Applying a contrasting paint color will either make the walls look darker or lighter. You can combined colors and sample it with the common palette, alternately checking whether it adds an oomph to your taste. Remember that colors can make the ceiling appear higher as well, by using brighter colors, while it makes it appear lower when darker colors are used. Color can make the narrow space even look spacious and vice versa.

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Home Designing Holistic Approch

When starting a new home design (or any building or development project) it is important to know what it is that you want. It sounds simple but it is not necessarily so.

Let’s look at a few of the things to consider for a new home design: Of course the basics of how many bedrooms, bathrooms, garage or carport. Also for consideration: Who will be living there? What are the lifestyles? Are there children? What are their ages? Are they in school, college? How many people of driving age? Are there boats? RV’s? Quads? Is time spent outdoors playing, swimming, BBQ? Is the family “on the go” or is dinner time spent together? How many years is anticipated for ownership of this home. Are there any handicapped residents? Is there the possibility in the foreseeable future that part of the home will have to be handicap accessible? This list goes on and on. Each answer to the questions above opens the door to other questions. Each project is unique.

Next investigate is the site, know what there is to work with and what are possible constraints. How can alignment of the home added to energy savings (Passive Solar)? Where are the best views? Is there a view that should be blocked? Is there a possibility that someone can build within the viewshed? Will time be spent in the great room, kitchen? Where can natural light be used to its fullest? Should west windows be limited or eliminated? How does the driveway interact with the main entrance, garage, and most used entrance? Will there be a pool? Can slope be utilized for split level floor plan? Does fill dirt need to be brought in? Is it septic or sewer? Where can the leach field be located? What about an alternative leach field? What are the building setbacks? Are there natural areas to be preserved? Are there CC&R’s? Is there a Homeowner’s Association? Are there special zoning conditions to adhere to? Is it located in a flood zone? Are there any easements, etc.? Again, just a sampling of questions, each project is unique with its own assets and liabilities.

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Home Design Software Comparison

The market for home design software has definitely grown over the past few years. The demand for do-it-yourself designer programs have increased and software developers have responded by coming out with loads of applications to choose from. Below are some of the more popular home design software in the market as well as a brief description for each.

Instant Architect

Instant Architect is a home design software designed and developed by IMSI Design. It is a CAD or computer-aided design program that caters to beginners. Although it may not have all the high tech features offered by most of its competitors, this program is still able to deliver useable outputs.

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