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Creating the ideal home

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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If you love interior design and architecture, you have probably spent some time dreaming about what would make the ideal home. Of course, there is not one single answer, since it is a safe bet that your ideal home would certainly not be the same as your neighbours. However, there are certain criteria that we all have in common. Today, we take a look at these dream home requirements.

Sustainability

Whether you live in a new or old building, house or apartment, investing in sustainability is always a good option. We have all had the experience of buying products that we thought would be for temporary use that we then ended up using for years. It is the same with the walls of your home. A smart investment is one that will age properly. If you have decided to restore an old apartment, beware of cracks in the walls, especially with respect to electrical wiring and plumbing! If you build your house, remember to consider finishes, including covers and surface coatings. And why not opt for a sustainable home with solar panels that is energetically autonomous?  

Good insulation

 Windows & doors  by Architectural Bronze Ltd
Architectural Bronze Ltd

London Townhouse with Advanced Bronze Casements

Architectural Bronze Ltd

For the continuation of sustainability, good insulation is necessary. If you live somewhere with very high temperatures during the summer or in a very damp temperate region, insulation is still crucial. Many materials can ensure both thermal and acoustic insulation. The walls are not the only part of the home that needs to be well insulated. Much heat loss comes from the windows. Professionals can help you find the perfect solution for your home, while respecting its style.  

Easy maintenence

 Bathroom by Atelier UOA
Atelier UOA

DUPLEX APARTMENT ON THE CANAL

Atelier UOA

Because you never have enough time, ease of maintenance is a priority in a house. So always opt for easy to clean materials and that will age properly. Do not live in a house that has a very large garden if you cannot stand to mow the lawn, for example! If you spend much time in the kitchen, use a kitchen where everything will fit easily. If you have a large family and one bathroom, plan a closet, like in this photo, to avoid cluttering the space around the sinks. 

Bright light

 Living room by Magdalena Kosidlo
Magdalena Kosidlo

Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör—bedroom

Magdalena Kosidlo

A bright house at all times of the day? This is possible if you build a house. Arrange the lay out according to the orientation of the sun: a room in the east where the sun rises for when you wake up, a living room facing south west for afternoon. But what if you live in an apartment where everything has been planned? The first solution would be to rearrange the room on the same principle, but this is often impossible or requires too much heavy work. In that case, try playing with colour palettes and window coverings. In this room, the lack of curtains creates more light. You can also choose louvred blinds or light curtains to preserve brightness. The presence of a wood parquet floor, plants, vintage pieces and touches of colour on the bed make the atmosphere complete. 

Organised & functional

 Living room by Magdalena Kosidlo
Magdalena Kosidlo

Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör—kitchen

Magdalena Kosidlo

For the ideal home, controlling the traffic within and between rooms is essential. Therefore organise the space so that people can move freely. This is particularly true in the kitchen, which must include areas for work, discussion and cooking. Many opportunities are available and will largely depend on the configuration of the space. In all cases, we seek to create harmony between functionality and usability. 

Comfort

 Living room by HARQUITECTES
HARQUITECTES

CASA 1101 by HARQUITECTES

HARQUITECTES

When we go home, we all want to feel comfortable in a safe and welcoming space. This feeling will be achieved by very different means according to different people. Also, there is no recipe for achieving this goal. Some like be surrounded by books, others will dream of a home theatre. For others, it will be comfortable furniture, warm fabrics and closeness to nature, as we see in this picture. 

Outdoor space

 Garden by anne-mie aerts
anne-mie aerts

Entre ciel et terre

anne-mie aerts

Finally, an ideal accommodation would not be ideal for many of us without the possibility of being outside at home. Whether you have a small balcony, a terrace, a garden or extensive grounds, the same advice applies: liven up this space according to your tastes and your planned uses! No need to get started on a rose garden if you do not have a green thumb. Opt instead for a simple lawn, a low maintenance solution that still provides outdoor living space. 

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