Purpose means the reason for which something is done or created for or for which something exists, and its especially true in purposeful design. It’s when an element in design is specifically built with a purpose in mind. With the advent of minimalism and the adoption of the Kon-Marie method, many people are looking towards ensuring a home or office design is built specifically in mind to fulfill certain purposes. Whether its assigning an area as a laundry room (and drying area), or having a specific space for informal dining, a show kitchen for use when guests are over, or walk in closets for storing things that you need but keeping them out of sight. Let’s look at these few examples of purposeful design further.
Purposeful design comes down to functionality and in the concept of interior design and building design, we look at purposeful design in two folds. This includes ‘design with purpose’ and ‘designing on purpose’.
As homeowners, you may have a vision for what you want your home to look like at the end, whether is beauty, or drama and wow factors. However, as interior designers and architects, we look at infusing functionality into the design whilst attempting to fulfil your home dreams. Purposeful design and functionality go hand in hand, to cater to the needs and functions of daily life, which is why many opt to build their homes in Sri Lanka from the ground up. These purposeful design elements are unique to each individual, which isn’t possible with cookie-cutter home designs. Design with purpose ensure that a home owner’s daily needs are factored.
Designing on purpose factors practicality and function. Most often than not, rooms in a home may serve different uses or have many moving elements or parts. It is important to factor how best those spaces can benefit the homeowners or users. When designing on purpose, or having a purposeful design, as a homeowner, you should be able to know what you will use the specific room or space on a daily basis, with elements included to serve its space. From the different nooks and crannies, the finishing (colours and textures), to the furniture and flow of empty space, it should be cohesive and “make sense” to the individual a designer is designing for.
The process of purposeful design is very personal to its core. As interior designers or architects in Sri Lanka, whereby most homes are built from the ground up, ensuring that you listen to the wants and needs of your home owner client is vital to this process. Even if it is a remodeling project in Sri Lanka, the reason why one would remodel is because the space does not work for them, or flow for their personal use. The process of purposeful design requires answering of a few key questions. These include “how can one make a space more functional with what is available?’, “what parts of the space does not have to stay?”, “does the costs of the changes make sense?”, and “does the function of the new purposeful design outweigh the costs?”.
Have you thought of purposeful design? What does it mean for you? At RM Perera (Pvt) Ltd, we facilitate turnkey construction of homes in Sri Lanka, inclusive of architectural and interior design all in house. Let us know what you have in mind. Make an appointment with us to discuss your dream home with purposeful design.