Designers who are charged with architectural or interior design of residential house plans need to consider various attributes of the spaces they are creating. The spatial measurements of a space; that is their height, breadth and width, go a long way in defining the spatial quality of a room or space within residential house plans. The psychological images that we get and the feel of space is based on this sense of our understanding of the volume and size of the space. Indeed when individuals are within a room, they feel completely different things with regard to that space or room – its aura and mood are heavily impacted by its size.
Shaping Spaces In Residential House Plans
Individuals may feel intimidated by a huge space, or may feel constrained by a small space. Depending on the purpose of the space’s designer, negative or positive emotions as regards the space can be achieved. For example, the feeling of intimacy and privacy may be preferable in an eating establishment that is interested in creating intimate and private eating areas. To achieve this, the restaurant can be characterized by private eating booths and niches which will provide patrons with privacy and intimacy, even within a public establishment .
Nevertheless, creating good sized dimensioned spaces or domestic house plans gives a sense of grandeur and pomp to a space. Large rooms have wide volumes that create a sense of nicely ventilated space. The end effect of this is that large spaces can give a user a sense of anonymousness or being dwarfed by the spatial volume. This feel may be appropriate in a public room or passageway, where the additional quantity of air occasioned by the larger space is required. One may keep in mind how in assembly halls for example, there are high volumes with high ceilings.
In domestic house plans, this feel may be taken advantage of in the bigger, more public rooms of a home, especially the lounge and perhaps hallways. If a home is large enough, a designer can choose to create the living spaces with higher ceilings having a double volume. This allows various spaces next to the dwelling space to look into it, which can create fascinating visual drama in a design composition.
A skilled designer can mold a space by simply manipulating the surfaces that enclose it. By changing these surfaces and planes, each space takes on its own unique character as perceived by its occupants, due to their perception of the enclosed volume of the space. By changing the levels of these spaces, one can create interesting compositions that impact the users of a space in different ways. For example, by changing the floor surface or ceiling plane of a living room, interesting effects can be achieved. Sinking the floor level of the lounge relative to other adjacent rooms gives it a cosy, intimate feel that can be very comfortable for residents. Raising the ceiling level in the same living room will create a larger volume and make the same living room feel more spacious and airy. An interior designer can choose to lower the ceiling plane in order to create intimacy in areas where this enclosure may be desired, for example at a breakfast nook, or a romantic alcove near a fireplace. This will create a level of intimacy simply by defining a smaller vertical volume in the context of the entire space.
Light and air greatly affect residential house plans in their spatial qualities
Two of the greatest influences of human senses and perception of spaces is light and air. They exert great influence in the experience of occupants within residential house plans, as they are natural resources that affect the interior of house plans. Having good amounts of both in a space shall ensure that its users shall experience a high level of human comfort, hence these spaces are more functional and comfortable. Their importance is especially key with regard to the fact that buildings are inspected for adequacy of these factors when seeking building approvals, and architects and interior designers must make proper provision for them at design level.
The amount of light coming into a space has a profound effect on the feel of a space as it directly visually affects interior spaces and perception of planes. Natural light from the sun has a stronger effect than artificial sources in this regard, and if a space is designed to take utmost advantage of daylighting, it inevitably ends up feeling lighter and larger. This could be achieved through various means, such as use of atriums, large windows and high level openings. Having a large amount of daylight entering into a space will give it a sense of being larger and more spacious, which can be beneficial in lounges and public spaces catering for numerous users. This is also made use of in commercial spaces like shopping malls that may seek to lighten up their interior spaces by using rooflights with atriums and light scoops. In this manner, one can light spaces that are far from peripheral windows and give them a much more spacious ambiance.
Residential house plans too that have a high level of enclosure can be enhanced similarly by creative placement of lighting in order to create a perception of greater openness within the space, making use of direct or indirect lighting. Positioning the light to create various levels of lighting including general lighting, task lighting and effects lighting can help to create this sensation of openness within these spaces. For example using strip lighting along ceiling edges and corners, or off wall mounted lights can wash wall surfaces with gentle light. By so doing, the architect or interior designer is able to adjust the feel of the space to have an illusion of greater size through usage of light of brighter color such as warm and cool white light. However using light of different color spectrum can give the opposite effect.
Having less light in contrast creates a sense of intimacy and enclosure in a space. This is the same effect that some eating places striving to create a more cozy ambience try to create by dimming lights or using different colors of light that have a lower degree of brightness. Having said that careful attention needs to be taken that a well balanced level of lighting is achieved, as failure to do this can result in having a uninspiring, dingy looking internal space or room.