DESIGNING A HOME | An Architect Explains

Once you’ve decided to build your own house, there are many things to consider regarding the design of your house such as the needs and likes of the people who are going to stay in the house, your budget and your plot size. It should be possible to fit in all your requirements in your budget and your plot. Interiors should also be thought of and the Sun direction should be considered and taken advantage of. You should also plan for the future- accommodating children or aging parents and be able to maximize your space efficiency so that there is a logical flow through the house.

As an Architect practising in Bangalore for the past 20 years, designing houses is an instinctive process and I am able to immediately tell a client whether his requirements will fit in the plot and within his budget. This is because, we as Architects use certain ‘standards’ in designing efficient spaces and in deciding the sizes of rooms, the space allowances between furniture, clearances etc. So, when you are planning your house, it will be worthwhile to consider some tips on ideal room sizes, clearances, furniture layout etc, that I am sharing here:

DESIGNING A HOMEWhile designing a house, the main consideration is to create a pleasant, comfortable environment to live in. If a house is designed well, with a place and position for each item, it becomes a well lit, airy, clutter free, efficient place to live in, which in turn makes us happy and contented.

DESIGNING A LIVING ROOM: A Living room is a room in a residence used for the common social activities of the occupants.  The term sitting room is sometimes used synonymously with living room. A typical Living room may contain furnishings such as a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, and bookshelves, electric lamps, rugs, or other furniture. So in designing the living room all these should be taken into consideration and has been explained here:

DESIGNING A DINING ROOM: A Dining room is used by the family primarily for having meals. This activity involves setting the table, serving the food, eating, cleaning up after meals, storing cutlery and crockery. In addition, very often, the Dining room is also used for other activities like a children’s play area or place for study and homework, reading, writing, entertainment, board games, sewing, watching TV and  ironing clothes.

DESIGNING A BEDROOM: The bedroom is that part of the house where you go to recharge and rest after a hard day’s work and the daily stress. To do so, the room must be similar to your personality to make you feel comfortable. It should be designed with style, without crowding it with useless materials so that it feels like a spacious special retreat.

DESIGNING A BATHROOM: Bathrooms may not be the most important part of the house but you can tell that the house has class if its bathroom is designed in style. By designing the interiors of a bathroom, you can create the ultimate refuge where you can indulge yourself with delicious-smelling hot baths. And, with the right colors and lighting, you can create the illusion of a roomy bath as explained here:

DESIGNING A KITCHEN: The kitchen is the heart of the home, a gathering place for casual family meals and to catch-up cups of coffee with friends and neighbors. A Kitchen needs to facilitate all these activities while melding seamlessly into the rest of your home’s design. These Kitchen design ideas will help you in designing the right Kitchen with the help of your  Architect or Interior Designer. 

DESIGNING A STUDY/HOME OFFICE: A study or a home office is a must for kids and for those of you who work from home.  A study space should be a functional area that’s organized, fun and above all, practical. Size is not as important as good organization and tidiness. Choose a desk that offers plenty of space to spread out your books, then add fun personalized accents that reflect your style. Read about it here:

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18 thoughts on “DESIGNING A HOME | An Architect Explains

  • November 10, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Respected Sir,
    First and foremost, I thank you immensely for the information given in your blog. Simple guidelines which are easy to understand for a layman like me. I am planning to construct a small house but I am deeply interested in constructing the traditional ‘tamil brahmin’ house where there is ‘thinnai’ ‘muttram’ etc. While i cannot afford to recreate the entire structure like olden days especially materials like wood , tiles, etc are out of my reach. I would still want to have the design in the same way. My idea is to have ‘brahma sthan’ in middle surrounded by space all around and then 2 bedrooms, 1 living room 1 kitchen and baths etc. I have been searching the net for ideas, inspirations but so far I have not got single plan like this. I have found images of olden days but what i am looking for is an affordable modern day construction keeping the old design and proper vastu located rooms. It is hard to look away the hard core scientific principles of such a house.
    The architects who are constructing houses in the area I purchased does build Vastu complaint houses but not the way I want mentioned above nor they seem to have any strong ideas about that. Is this something which you will be able help generally or professionally please? Thanks
    Hi Gopal Krishnan,
    First of all thank you for the appreciation. I am surprised that the architects in your area are not able to put your thoughts into paper. Nowadays, many people want houses with central courtyards and as architects, we are taking up the challenge. I prefer to design houses in Bangalore as the sites are easily accessible .


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