Design Tips for Spaces of All Sizes

Designing spaces and creating entities that people love and appreciate over a long period takes many factors into play.

Understanding the needs of the client, the availability of the budget, and the space will help you design and chart the perfect plan for any house. Be it a tiny house or a large mansion, space utilization is the key to a good design.

Tiny Homes

As simplicity becomes the driving factor of modern design, understanding how to organize and efficiently use the space in your home has become its own ‘sense of style’. Whether you are a family of five, two, or 12, our tiny house designs will help you create the space of your dreams!

There is the recent popularity of tiny houses across the globe. The trend is being aided by those who travel more often and explore the world. It helps them with a chance to have a place without the worry of having to pay any rent.

Such houses are difficult to create, and all the creative ideas need to pour in to give it shape. Opting for a tiny house does not necessarily mean that one has to give up the aspects of beauty and luxury.

The laws for the tiny houses vary from state to state, hence finding a place is not the easiest of the tasks. Though the sizes are small, they can come in various shapes as per the size of the family and the requirements. Functionality has to be on the top of your cards while designing such houses. Each corner can be a multi-faceted space.

You should also find out about the sanitization laws for solid waste disposal. It will help you design your bathroom and place the waste line accordingly.

Medium-Size Homes

A medium-size home can have three bedrooms, a kitchen, larger common areas, and guest bathrooms. For nuclear families with one child, the third room generally serves as a guest room. People also sometimes dub it to be the entertainment room or a home theatre. The usable space may vary between 900-1400 square feet.

A clutter-free design finish would mean designing proper storage for your various stuff. Divide the things based on utility and usage regime. This will help you decide what all you need to plan for at the front and what all you can place at the back.

Depending on the size of the room, the master bedroom can have a walk-in wardrobe. Such wardrobes are specifically useful when you want to change or try your clothes. Attach a few mirrors inside and you can add that touch of ease to your life.

Electrical equipment, especially TVs often tend to take up a lot of our time and space in the hall or the sitting room. If you are not too much of a TV person, place it in such a place that does not hinder the aesthetics as well as is away from the focal point of the design.

Keep functionality in mind while designing the kid’s room, the guest room, kitchen, and common areas. It is crucial to note that placing upholstery to fill the gaps is not the goal but usability is.

A Villa

Villas have a vast space and start at upwards of 1600 square feet or more of usable space. A big space design can be very complicated and challenging. More often, people end up designing a large space too cluttered and untidy.

The chief aspect that you need to decide based on the taste and the needs of the residents is the color palate. Once it is final you can move towards space allocation in each area and demarcate them with the upholstery that you think will be fit.

The utilitarian approach can be handy here. Keeping a steady flow from outside to inside makes the house look aesthetically pleasing. Since you have an abundance of space, create negative spaces as part of the design. It will help you strengthen the overall design and add character to the various elements of the layout.

So whether it is a tiny house or a big villa, space allocation and utilization is the key to achieve a good design. A good house design is not only aesthetically pleasing but should also be functional. The layout should have placement of the upholstery in a way that supports maximum convenience. The requirements of the residents should be at the core of the design.


Tags: architecture, design, home, small house, villa

Author: Maja Markovski


A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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