Most homes are designed around practical needs – the right number of bedrooms, correct sized bathrooms and required living spaces. But what about comfort?
You only need to think back to the last hot day you spent without air-conditioning to agree life is easier when you’re comfortable.
In his book, 43 Principles of Home, Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs television fame, says it’s important we plan for comfort in our homes.
He calls it the “joy of comfort” and it’s essentially about getting the physical world to mould itself to us as much as we can.
How? When planning your new home, consider:
These principles show how comfort can be achieved through the smallest decisions and details, so it’s checking this list against your home blueprint or discussing these concepts with your architect or builder to ensure your new home is organised around who you are and the way you’ll use your new home.
In the words of McCloud, “Comfort is the most civilising aspect of design or architecture. Seek it out.”
Please note: This article has not been prepared, nor endorsed, by Kevin McCloud. It is a third-party summary and review of the content in his book, 43 Principles of Home: Enjoying Life in the 21st Century, with additional advice added. The article is provided as information only.