Feeling stuck in the house? Kids driving you crazy? Here’s how architecture can help.

That dream-home feel can slip away if you’re spending a lot of time in the house. As we’re all adjusting to life in isolation it can be difficult to find a balance between working and schooling, and finding space to relax in your home. Thankfully, there are some handy architecture design tips you can apply to make being stuck at home a little easier.

It’s important to adjust your house according to your lifestyle – the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable in what’s meant to be your personal haven. Even the largest property can feel cramped if you’re stuck at home, especially if you have young children running around.

This is where architecture can help. By applying basic architecture design principles, you can transform your home from cramped and chaotic, to spacious and orderly at a minimum cost. No matter the size of your property, these easy PlaceMate architecture tips will help ensure you’re getting the most out of your living space.

When it comes to designing a functional home, PlaceMate architects apply the motto “less is more”. Simplicity is one of the most universal home design themes. If you’ve got kids you may think achieving simplicity in the home is an impossible feat.

But we have the solution – declutter, declutter, declutter! Decluttering is the most cost-effective method to create space and ease in your home. It allows for a fresh perspective, and could even help you realise layout solutions you never knew were possible. Every space in your house should work effortlessly to achieve a sense of flow.

While the principle of decluttering is a useful short term fix, it can also be applied in housing design as a long term solution. Consider renovating your house to your needs. Architects like us here at PlaceMate can redesign your home with the principles of simplicity and decluttered spaces in mind. This will allow you to have further control over the visual flow and aesthetic of your home.

One of easiest ways to achieve decluttered living spaces is to have well-organised storage. You’d be surprised how many hidden storage possibilities are dotted around your home. PlaceMate architects consider the importance of effective storage in every house we design.

We gather inspiration from Japanese architecture design. The bustling centre of Toyko is full of cleverly designed apartments that appear tiny on the outside and contain brilliant internal sizing solutions. PlaceMate architects believe this form of structure is useful to properties of all sizes, and we consider these principles in the design of our new builds and renovations.

Another architecture principal PlaceMate recommends to achieve flow in the home is zoning for use. Zoning for use means to reconsider the spaces of your home as living zones rather than property. The layout of different zones in your house has significant impact on what the atmosphere of each space will be.

Consider your favourite local coffee shop – it may be smaller than you think, but there are different areas to sit and observe. Each angle provides a new experience. A small bench, a big table, a bar stool, overlooking the street – these options allow for different perspectives of a place that may not be particularly large. The same principle applies to zoning for use in your home. If you can create new areas to sit and observe in your home, the fresh angles can make a small space feel significantly bigger.

For example, take the playroom. It is a vital part of a family home with young kids. Whether in a big room or small, zone your playroom to invite excitement for your kids. Bright natural light, spacious floor for rolling and tumbling, and plenty of nifty storage to keep things in order. You could paint the walls a cheerful tone, or structure the room to have easy access to the backyard – apply these tricks to build a playroom zone that keeps the kids in and the toys out of the living space.  

While you’re spending all this time inside, it’s important to remember that your home is more than a house. Win back that dream-home feeling by using these simple design tips to achieve flow and stability in your home. Get your kids involved while planning your renovation, and together you can build a home you’re happy to be stuck in.