House Design with Lifestyle in Mind.

Much like a work of the art, a house’s design has a story or two to tell about its owner and their lifestyle. A lot goes into house design – not only is the planning process often maddening, but construction is almost always bound to get a little more complicated than anticipated.  On top of all this, it’s important that the building be moulded to its occupant’s lifestyle. A community-oriented residence should offer big open spaces for social interaction. A funky-shaped house might foster a creative environment for an artist to thrive in, and a restored Art Nouveau building will become a perfect spot for the architectural history enthusiast.

Accomplished designers take these challenges head-on to create innovative and functional house designs for their clients.  In this post, we will explore spacious, funky, and historical house designs that, despite the modern and fast-paced building industry, were designed and executed in a style tailored to the dweller.

Community-Oriented House Design

It’s often difficult, in urban environments, to get a strong sense of community living.  It might come as a surprise then, that in central London, one of the most urban areas in the world, lies a thriving community of cosy homes in a friendly neighbourhood.  The London Mews houses in Holland Park were built in the 18th and 19th century and originally were stable homes with a small accommodation above to house servants.  Today, they have been tastefully restored to provide all the essentials for chic and modern living.

Holland Park Mews Housing (build in 1862)
Holland Park Mews House

These homes are the complete opposite of typical London housing.  Snug row homes lined by cobbled streets foster a village-like sense of community – safely tucked away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

Creative House Design

The perfect environment for a creative or an inventor should offer space and unobscured views. Open-plan spaces, large windows, high ceilings are key features to stimulate out of the box thinking, where one can be working on new ideas, review and reflect on new findings, or take an active break. St. Paul’s Studios is one of the best examples of such a house.  This house was designed by Frederick Wheeler for fine art publisher – James Fairless with great attention to his requirements as creative people.

St Paul’s Studios (completed in 1891).

The architectural style of the structure originally known as St. Paul’s Studios (completed in 1891) attracts the attention of anyone passing by. With its unique mix of Jacobethan and Renaissance Revival Architecture combined with one of the first examples of Crittall glazing.  The design of this curiously creative house is as beautiful as it is functional.  Take the Crittall Glazing, for example – it is not only an aesthetic feature of grandeur, but a portal for a daylight flood in and assist the artist at work.

St Paul’s Studios Window.

Austere, odd, and eye-catching, the perfect place for a creatively-inclined individual to work and grow should exemplify the features we see in house design’s like St. Paul’s Studios.

House Design for a Home-Based Professional

Working and running a business from the comfort of home is rapidly gaining popularity. It’s an efficient way to combine the personal and professional lives of those who enjoy multitasking. The home of such a multitasker should reflect the busy and modern lifestyle. Specific rooms should be designated to specific purposes in order to separate the personal and professional life in the home. The environments must be different, but they must also work organically together to create a fine and harmonious balance between the two.

The Maison & Atelier Horta (completed in 1901)

A classic example of a work and family combination house is Victor Horta’s Home and Studio, “The Maison & Atelier Horta”. He was one of the greatest architects of the late modern period and a Master of Art Nouveau. Horta successfully established his own practice early on in his career (at the age of 24, 1885), and built a comfortable life for himself and his family. On the curtails of his success and because of strong attachment to his family, Horta purchased a couple of lots in the Saint-Gilles district of Brussels and built a house/studio.

Atelier Horta Balcony Detail

Today, Victor’s Horta House-Studio is a World’s Heritage Site and can be visited by anyone interested in his work. The beautifully composed facade of The Maison & Atelier Horta creates a clear distinction between the house and the studio elevations, which also have separate entry doors. The quality of the details and the dialogue between the stone and metal elements that make up both facades is remarkable, and they often conceal specific functions behind their elaborate stylistic forms.

Design Your Next Home to Suit Your Lifestyle

Lifestyle should always lay at the basis of house design. It should guide and inform the design to create the right environment for one to enjoy their life to the fullest and most functional.

Inspiration can always be found in our Journal and Instagram pages. Search through our content to find what design style fits your life-profile. If you have a project in mind, refer to one of our professionals who can tailor your new house to your specific needs.

Here at Kay Moden, we understand the importance of our client’s lifestyle, and always look for new and intricate architectural challenges. We will take away the pressure and anxiety of agonizing over the design style and will help you make your design dreams a reality!

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