-compact your home
In this chapter is suppose it’s time to let you in on a few guidelines that the team at PSInteriors swear by. This isn’t a how to guideline to make you into a know-it-all designer but rather think of it as Pocketspace Interiors providing you with a tool belt, ready for you to fill it up with your projects and knowledge.
1. Define the lifestyle.
When designing for yourself or a client, it’s important to know if they dwell in the space during the day, or at night. Is it for a student, or a busy professional. Is it for someone that loves to entertain guests, or a family. Each design decision needs to reflect back to the lifestyle of the end user.
2. take advantage of awkward existing features
Just when you think that beam is in the wrong position or that column is right in the middle of where you want to put some joinery, be innovative and think about her you can embrace the existing features to work to your advantage. Use the truss for extra storage, or the column – build things onto it, around it, or joinery that shifts from it as an anchor point for the space
3. Don’t skimp on the finishes and detail
A draw down spare bed from a concealed wall isn’t a walk in the park. Spend money on decent, seamless joinery, hinges, brackets and bearings that make the transition from wall to bed as easy as it looks. Its about investing in hardware that lasts. Spec up those joinery details and accessories that can withstand different weight thresholds, the test of time and at the end of the day ‘neat design for a neat space.’
4. Define zones
When designing with a compact, micro ideal it is easy to be overwhelmed by everything that you want, that sometimesyou need to compromise elementsto create zones. As much as we are trying to achieve a dense, neatly compacted space, we still need an element of order in the way we eat, entertain, do washing or work. For me the easiest way to create zones is identify the key activities that you want in your home and redefine the way you look at how you can mix a couple of them together, or compraimise how they fit next to each other to best maximise our space. Creating a ‘core’ hub to get most thing out of the way is a great way to achieve this. Think about all the things you have to have, and all the things you have to have, but need to conceal and use this to your advantage. For example think of smart ways that you can design a central core that houses the kitchen, storage, gas, electric and water. While you are at it, carve out a bar leaner, lounging areas and keep the bathroom near to utilities the amenities that are concealed.
At PSInteriors we have our own style stamp. So should you. At the end of the day, you want your home, workplace or design to be recognised as your own. Whether it’s a specific detail that is repeated through all your designs, find a consistency that is moulded with your clients tastes and culture. Think about materials and composition, don’t get too caught up on latest trends – because they are just that – trends.