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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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Living rooms are places for relaxing and socialising, and a
real hub and showpiece for the home. They’re a slightly
more formal place you can entertain people than in the
kitchen.

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We’d like the room to be quite airy and light-filled in parts, but also have some
cosy corners and alcoves. It needs to be large enough to accommodate two large
sofas (or armchairs) placed opposite each other with a coffee table in-between. I
want the room to be able to support having large pieces of furniture in it without
feeling crowded. For the lounge, I’d like there to be comfortable seating for 8
people at least, with flexibility to bring in more chairs

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I’ve really liked lounge rooms I’ve been in where the main seating area is the
middle of the room with none of the sofas backing onto a wall. That means that
the pathways for walking through can be behind them. It also makes it feel bigger

I don’t want there to be just one “living room” like area, but instead for there to be
lots of places like this spread out over the house. However, there does need to be
a central room where we have the TV and which would be the focus for
entertaining – e.g., where we’d set up the Christmas tree

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I’d like to have the television and other entertainment devices hidden away in built-
in cupboards. We have about 4 VCR-type boxes that attach to the TV as well as
stereo etc, so the cupboard needs to be roomy and have shelves that can easily
be moved around. Also, it would be great if it were able to roll out on casters at 90
degrees, so its easy to get to the back of them for wiring up. The cupboard fronts
need to be slatted or mesh or equivalent, so that the remote controls still work

An idea I’ve seen done to hide the TV which I think works brilliantly is to have it
hidden behind a painting which can slide upwards when you want to watch TV

The TV needs to be in a position where you can watch it during the day without
sunlight shining on the screen

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I like room dividers like open plan shelves or half height walls which can create
separate zones in a room but without making them feel cut off

In the main living room, we’d like to have an area we can sprawl around with
cushions, by the fire and while watching TV. It’s really retro, I know but I’ve also
always liked sunken sections, e.g., around a fireplace. We had one in the library
at my primary school! I can imagine it working out really well, e.g., having plush
comfy carpet in the sunken area for lounging on with polished floors elsewhere

I’d like there to be a big open fireplace for a real wood fire. Maybe this could even
be in the middle of the room and be open on two sides

I know that often people use the living room as a guest room too by having a sofa
bed.. I’d prefer not to do that, or at least for there to be still one area around the
TV that was kept free of this.

I’d like there to be places for indoor plants and displaying framed photographs, etc

We need to have a place to put our upright piano. It needs to be on an inside wall
and, ideally, in some kind of alcove

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There needs to be another large sized room for Dave to set up his bar and a place
to hang out with his mates. Maybe this could be in the ground floor with doors
opening onto the BBQ area. It needs to have enough wall space for hanging up
his collection of music posters. It also needs to have connections to water and
power. Because he’ll often play loud music in the evenings, it needs to be as far
away from the bedrooms as possible. It could even be in a separate building
across a courtyard, although I don’t want it to be too removed from the house.
This place is in addition to Dave’s “shed” for setting up his workshop etc, although
they might be adjoining.

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Importance

Main seating area in the middle of the room

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TV positioned so that the sun doesn’t shine on it

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Place for the piano in an alcove

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Airy and light-filled living room

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Separate area for Dave’s bar and music

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Space to sprawl out while watching TV

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Open fireplace for real wood fires

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Able to house large furniture including 2 sofas facing each other

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Cupboards for hiding away TV equipment etc

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Part of living room that is kept free of being a guest bedroom

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Sunken area

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Room dividers

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Living room includes some cosy alcoves

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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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