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Brief for House Design

Brief for House Design

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This is something I put together back in January 2005 as a brief to our architect about what we wanted in a house.

It took me ages to do but was worth it as it meant I got my thoughts straight upfront. He said it was the most detailed brief he'd ever received, but really useful.
This is something I put together back in January 2005 as a brief to our architect about what we wanted in a house.

It took me ages to do but was worth it as it meant I got my thoughts straight upfront. He said it was the most detailed brief he'd ever received, but really useful.

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Hallways set the tone for a house as much as
the rooms. If they’re inviting, friendly, engaging
then it helps the house to feel happy. Stairs and
landings are important not just because they take
you upstairs to new spaces, but also because
they give you new vantage points on where
you’ve just been

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In the main entrance hallway we would like there to be space for a grandfather
clock. We don’t have one yet but I’ve always wanted one so I’m going to get one
here and bring it back. I’d also like there to be a place for putting flowers or a few
pot-plants, candles, etc

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We would really like to have at least one section of the house two-storey. This is
as much for the views over the (future) garden as it is because I’ve always wanted
to live in a house with a staircase! I would like the stairs to be square rather than
spiral shaped and to be filled in underneath so that we could have a cupboard or
alcove under the stairs. I’d also like the side of the stairs to be framed in well via
banisters but still quite “airy”

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Overall, we’d like hallways to not just be thoroughfares, but also to have places
and a reason to pause in them. They should be generously wide. I also like
hallways that change shape as you go along them, e.g., with a wider space in the
middle where you have chairs, etc, like we have in London. Taken to the extreme,
I’ve seen some houses that worked well in terms of flow which didn’t appear to
have hallways but instead a series of short lobby-like spaces off from a main room

Our hallway in London has the effect
I’m looking for but it is on too cramped
a scale. I’d like it to be a lot wider

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As part of making the hallways feel like rooms, I’d like to have built in storage all
along them for books and to display beautiful things. I’d also like there to be little
nooks here and there to encourage you to sit and read. Maybe even make one of
them the size of a single bed which we could fill with cushions… then it could
double as an extra spare bed when we had lots of guests

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Hallways need to have natural light, whether it be from a window at one end, a
series of windows high up, or on one side, or skylights. We collect paintings so I
suspect the hallways will function as a display space too

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We would like a big space in the hallway where we can hang coats, hats, put
bags, outside shoes, etc. Some of this could be on display but also would be
good to have a cupboard. There needs to be space for seating near this, whether
it be a bench or a proper chair. Also a space for a mirror. We have two really nice
coat-racks already, maybe one could go at the front door and one at the back

We’d like a place to put and sort mail, ideally somewhere near the entrance and a
cupboard where we can store the paper shredder and put papers for recycling

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We just bought some amazing railings via ebay from an old church that we figured
would work well for a landing or staircase rail… ““A beautiful set of art nouveau
crafts railing over 36ft of totally original craftsmanship, these date c1910. The most
gorgeous oak, copper and iron work all totally original and undamaged. All oak is
perfect as is hand made iron and copper work, no damage or restorations. This lot
has 4 sections, that when joined together create 2 complete rails, one straight one
curved, the straight one measures an overall size of 18ft and the curved one an
overall size of 18ft. The 4 large metalwork sections measures an overall 75 x 37 x
3cm thick and the 4 smaller ones measure 51.5 x 36.5 x 3 cm. The oak rails
measure 9 x 5.5 cm, ends are obviously larger with the scroll. This is all
magnificent craftsmanship, these all slot together and fix with an internal screwing
mechanism and are concealed by oak pegs. The scrolled oak ends are
removable”

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Importance

Comfy seats in alcoves and window areas in the hallways

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Natural light in hallways

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Use oak, iron and copper railings from Ebay

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Two storey house with square staircase

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Space for hanging coats, putting shoes, etc with seat at entrance

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Wide hallways with reasons to pause, not just thoroughfares

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Built in shelves along halls

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Place to sort and store mail

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Space for a grandfather clock

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Space for flowers, candle, etc at entrance

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Essential, “must have” in any design

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Would love to have, only give up if all other options exhausted

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Would really like, but willing to sacrifice if we have to

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