In episode 4 of our Sidelight Series VLOG, Carmel Builders President & Owner Louis Weiher discusses the importance of function as it relates to the design decisions you make when considering a remodeling project.
Hi, I’m Louis Weiher with Carmel Builders. It is our mission to provide a positive and enjoyable experience that improves both lives and homes. During this video series, you’ve heard me talk about the things that I think you as a homeowner should be planning as you consider your remodeling project. Today, I want to talk about the importance of function as it relates to design. I really think it’s critical that people think function as their number one focus when they design a project instead of all the pretty stuff. Pretty things…your tile, your countertops, your cabinets…those matter. They’re easy to get enamored by if you go online, check out Houzz or Pinterest or anywhere. But at the end of the day, those things aren’t going to impact your long-term happiness, which we’re going to talk about here, as much as the function.
So the first part of function though I want to talk about is budget. It’s so important that we get the space designed right first because that’s going to drive the budget. Remember from a previous video I talked about the fact that the complexity of a project drives the price and complexity with regards to function is a big deal. If we’re going to remodel your master bathroom and move the toilet to one side or the shower to another side because it works better, it’s a more functional space, it makes better use of the space, that’s going to drive the budget.
But it’s so important that we get that figured out first because your long-term happiness is going to be driven so much more on how functional the space is than in those little details of what specific tile you chose or what specific countertop you chose. If at the end of the day, your master bathroom still doesn’t have room for you and your spouse to get ready in the morning, you’re not going to look back on it and say “Well, I still love the tile”. You’re going to say, “Gosh, I wish we had made this shower bigger” or we had put the toilet in its own room or we considered those double vanities, whatever it might be. It’s really important that we remember that your long-term happiness is going to be based on how well you use the space and how well it works for you and your family in your lifestyle.
So remember, form follows function. Get the functional space figured out. Work with your designer, work with your design team. Make sure that the space is going to work for you. Make sure you understand the cost ramifications of that and then worry about the pretty stuff because that’s a lot of fun and if you have taken the function question out of it, you’re going to be a lot happier and a lot less stressed as you choose that awesome tile, backsplash, countertop, whatever it might be.