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The importance of Spatial Planning

Spatial planning refers to the arrangement and organisation of a room or building's layout. It involves creating a functional and efficient use of space, while also considering factors such as traffic flow, natural light, and the relationship between different areas. The goal is to create a cohesive and visually pleasing design that meets the needs of the people who will use the space.

Getting a floor plan right is crucial in the spatial planning process, as it lays the foundation for the entire design. A floor plan is a two-dimensional, scaled representation of a room or building that shows the placement of walls, doors, windows, and fixed elements such as staircases and built-in features. It helps to visualise the flow and function of a space and make sure that it meets the needs of the people who will use it. A floor plan can also help to identify potential issues, such as lack of natural light or awkward traffic flow, and make sure that they are addressed in the design.

In a new build or extensive renovation, it is important that the master plan of your home is perfected to best accommodate for your lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all, and design consideration needs to be given to each unique project and circumstance. It lays the foundations for a successful project and ensures that the renovation is going to be functional and practical for your way of living.

Even in the smallest of renovations, like a one room revamp, spatial planning is still critical. Given that you are investing your time and money into improving the room, you want to make sure that you are making the most out of its potential and that you are going to be getting the best bang for your buck. Renovating is a long-term solution, and it needs to stand the test of time in providing you with a beautiful and functional space.

Spatial planning is often undervalued by new home builders or renovators. Unfortunately, it isn’t until one has gone through a few rounds of planning that they realise their plan isn’t working for them, that it’s not maximising the space that they have, that it doesn’t fit their budget, that they hadn’t thought of certain aspects…. the list goes on.

Because of this, it is imperative to work with a draftsperson or architect who is the right fit for you and your project. All of them will have a different approach to a project and all of them will achieve a different outcome, so make sure that you work with one who will produce the right outcome for you.

The fact is that you could provide the exact same brief to a range of architects and each of them would come back to you with a different floor plan. Design is subjective and creative minds do not think alike!

Along with your architect/draftsperson, you should consider engaging an interior architect/interior designer, as they will look at your project from a different perspective. They can work with you to tweak and perfect your floor plan and consider how the overall layout will impact design of each room. They will delve into the spatial planning of each internal space and confirm that the proposed room sizes, door/window positions will work with what you are wanting to achieve in each space. They are often overlooked, but interior designers should be engaged early on in a project and work parallel to your building designer so that the spatial planning can be resolved in a completely cohesive and considered way.

Overall, the initial phase of your project, the spatial planning phase, should be valued. It not only sets the foundations for your overall build or renovation, but it also provides a base for all professionals and trades to work from and gives the homeowner a blue

print of their future space.


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