Saturday, February 14, 2009

Residential Design-2

Formal Public Zone
- The Foyer
- Access & Feng shui
- Sets the tone
- Availability of powder room or mirror or closet
- Character of a transitional space
- The Living Room
- Easy flow from foyer
- Placement away from major circulation
- Planned for conversation & recreation
- Focal point & furnishing
- Lighting & mood
- Basic system
- The Dining Room
- Formal dining
- Food preparation area conveniently located nearby
- Seeting & finishes, features etc.....

Informal Public Zone

- The Kitchen
- Screened from the view of public generally
- Working centers-refrigerator & storage: sink area & cooking area
- Working counter surface
- Appliance & utensil storage
- Food storage
- Breakfast Room
- For informal eating & quick snacks
- Bars, counters & stools
- By window or in alcove
- Family Room / Den or Study
- Relaxed mood
- Sufficient storage & built-ins
- Flexible space for a variety of recreational activities
- Utility Rooms & Yard
- Efficient & functional
- Good ventilation & lighting
- Practical storage

Private Zones
- Master Bedroom
- Quiet zone
- Refuge, relaxation & retirement
- Wardrobe & dresser
- Complement of a workspace or fitness area
- Bedroom for teens & children
- Rest area, play area & study area
- Anthropometry to suit children
- Planning efficiency for smaller rooms
- Bathrooms
- Small & utilitarian
- Well lit & ventilated
- Storage for towels, grooming & cleaning aids & soiled clothing

Analysing residential Floor Plans


- Square Plan
- Placement of entrance & hallways more challenging
- Provision of lighting & ventilation into deep central areas
- Skill in creating interest
- Skill in separating public & private zones
- Suitable for open planning concepts
- Hybrib concept of an atrium plan

- Rectangular Plan
- Entrance in central zone routes traffic to all zones
- Easier to divide private & social areas
- Ventilation & windows may be limited esp. in a terrace arrangement
- Family room & kitchen normally at opposite ends-access to outdoors easy at both
ends

- Multi-Storied Plan
- Easier to define zones in 2 or more levels
- Central vertical circulation zone
- Doors & windows are better placed
- Easy access to outdoors for living room & kitchen

References: -Bedrooms and Bathrooms
-Nonie Niesewand
-Time-saver standards for Interior Design and Space Planning
-Joseph Dechiara, Julius Panero, and Martin Zelnik
-Kitchen the hub of the home
-Terence conran
-Living Room essentials
-Judith Wilson
-Bedroom essentials
-Ros Byam Shaw

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