Aesthetics VS Function: Creating A Practical And Comfortable Home
When it comes to creating a home, comfort and function are key elements. They should be considered at each step of the design process. Aesthetics are important, of course, but they should complement functionality. Here’s why.
Shelter And Protection
First and foremost, your home offers shelter. It shields you from the elements and provides protection. This starts with good foundations, a robust roof, and solid walls. These elements should not be taken for granted and should be checked regularly.
Problems with your home’s foundation often present as follows:
- Cracks in the ceilings or walls
- Doors not closing properly
- Poor drainage
- Cracks to exterior walls
- Sloping or leaning
Problems with roofs are similar. They can be spotted from the ground with the aid of binoculars. Look for the following:
- Cracks, missing tiles, damage
- Vegetation growing out of the chimney
- Blocked gutters
- Stains down the exterior walls, indicating drainage issues or blocked gutters
- Chinks of sunlight when viewing from the loft
- Leaning chimney
This is the starting point with any home. There’s no point in decorating elsewhere until any issues in these areas are resolved.
Shelter and protection also extend to windows and doors. Check these annually for signs of wear and tear. Good windows and doors will keep the heat in during the winter. They will keep the house cool during the summer months.
Installing an alarm system is also important. But in addition to this, there are several other steps you should take to protect your home.
- Secure windows and doors with adequate locks
- Add outdoor lighting close to all entry points
- Cut back trees where they are close to windows; don’t make it easy for them
- Store garbage cans out of sight where they can’t be utilised to gain entry
After security comes comfort. Once you feel safe and protected, the next step is to create a pleasant environment for the whole family. Temperature plays an important role in this. During the warm summer months, the focus will be on keeping cool. Therefore, deal with air conditioning repair as a priority. In the winter, the opposite will apply, and it is important to maintain warmth throughout.
Find the heating and cooling systems that work best for your home. You will need to consider each room carefully. It may be necessary to compromise a little on what looks and feels the best. Aesthetics are important and, again, should complement the functional element.
Once the basics are sorted, it’s time to move onto creature comforts. These are the small things and little luxuries that make it easier to live your life. Furniture plays an important part. There are any number of beds, sofas, and chairs you could buy. Work out space, room dimensions, and your own requirements. Also consider how you intend to use each room. Within those specifications, choose the pieces that fit in with the design. Select pieces in this order. Don’t find furniture you like the look of and then try to make it work/fit. Function should take precedence here.
Form and function can work in harmony. But in the home, they work best where function takes priority. Form or aesthetics enhance