Thursday, October 24, 2013

Top 7 Designing Secrets for your Dream Home, You Can Live in Forever

GHARPLANNER designed house plans, which are based on these designing secrets are usable by most people, regardless of their level of ability or disability, and at little or no extra cost. From entryways to kitchens and bathrooms to bedrooms, they often increase the value of a home. GHARPLANNER brings together the principles of accessible house design, ergonomic house design (allowing people and things to interact most effectively and safely), and green house design (environmentally friendly spaces), energy efficient house design, vaastu house design. GHARPLANNER is sometimes also called "lifespan house design."
These 7 Designing Secrets are very commonly used while by architects at GharPlnnaer while designing a house plan. These House designing secrets also depends on the needs & requirement of Home owner, availability of space, restriction of Vaastu guidelines, Location & direction of plot. On the basis of these principles we can design the best house plan for specific needs of home owner.

1. Design that's equally appealing to all family members: Gharplanner creates spaces that can be used by everyone equally and that are appealing to all. GHARPLANNER doesn't stigmatize any one group of users.

·         At least one three-foot-wide, gently sloping, no-step entries for house.
·         A lever-handled front door (as opposed to a round knob) can be a relief for sore or weak hands or anyone carrying packages, a baby, or a cane.
·         Mirrors placed where they can be seen from sitting and standing positions, such as a full-length or tilting mirror, mean you don't have to crane to see yourself.
·         Having no changes in floor levels throughout the main level of the house increases safety and accessibility and helps eliminate tripping.

2. Flexible use: GHARPLANNER accommodates a wide range of preferences and abilities. This means it considers both lefties and righties, and those who move at different paces. It often allows for a variety of usages, as well.

·         Ideally, there should be at least one bedroom and a full bathroom on the main floor, located away from living areas. It can serve as a study, craft room, or playroom early on, and as a bedroom. There should also be a main-floor laundry room.
·         Paddle-handled handles at the kitchen sink have already become the new standard because everyone finds them easier and more convenient.
·         A small rolling cart based in the kitchen offers additional workspace wherever needed to save walking around.
·         Pull-out work boards near the stove, refrigerator, or counters add space to chop vegetables (and can be slid back after); ideally, there should be boards inset at different heights for users of different heights, or to use when seated or standing.
·         Pocket doors wherever possible provide flexibility and privacy, and give a sense of extra space because there's no door blocking anything.

3. Simple and intuitive use: GHARPLANNER makes things easy to figure out, regardless of cognitive functioning, language, literacy, experience or know-how. Unnecessary complexity is out.

·         D-shaped drawer pulls are easy to grasp and pull open.
·         Smart shower handles move in one obvious way from hot to cold and don't require three different maneuvers to get the water to flow at the desired temperature.
·         Adjustable shelving is easy to customize, so that you can store the tall milk and ketchup where you prefer. Installing lazy Susans makes constructive use of wasted corner cupboard space.

4. Presents essential information clearly: Any information that needs to be conveyed to the user is done using a variety of methods (sensory, pictorial, tactile) so even someone with limitations can manage it.

·         Keyless locks use a remote control or keypad that's user-friendly.
·         Universally designed appliance controls feature obvious symbols and colors in addition to words to clarify instructions (such as red for hot and blue for cold).
·         A circuit-breaker panel that's on the main floor (as opposed to out in the garage) can be easier to access; all the circuits should be clearly labeled for the area they serve, perhaps with a coded floor plan as well as written area names.
·         Smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide alarms should ideally provide both audible and visual signals.

5. Allows for user errors: GHARPLANNER tries to imagine the potential problems and then eliminates them or isolates or shields the user from them. The design itself anticipates the dangers and discourages unconscious unsafe use.

·         Handrails on both sides of the staircase give support to a frail older adult, a sick younger one, or anyone carrying loads of laundry.
·         A curb less shower stall prevents accidental trips and also allows wheelchair access. A slightly sloping floor aids drainage and cleanup.
·         Grab bars securely anchored to the structure of the walls in shower/bath/toilet areas ensure stability when moving in and out. They can double as towel bars.
·         Floor surfaces in bathrooms and showers are made of no-slip materials, such as tiles with some texture. Carpeting should be low-pile and tightly woven, such as Berber-style carpets.
·         A spring-loaded switch for the garbage disposal that must be held in the "on" position while it's running minimizes fingers or forks accidentally getting caught.
·         Contrasting edging on the front of counters telegraphs the edge to someone with lower vision, to avoid spills and bumps. Corners should be rounded, not sharp.

6. Requires low physical effort: Things should be easy to use: efficient, comfortable, and requiring minimal effort. You shouldn't have to contort yourself or use a lot of physical force.

·         Rocker-panel light switches can be easily flipped with a fist or an elbow (unlike standard toggle switches) if you're carrying something and don't have fingers free.
·         Switches and controls are placed at easy-to-use heights, more convenient to more people than the standard placements. GHARPLANNER favors light switches that are 42 to 48 inches from the floor, thermostat controls that are about 48 inches off the floor, and electrical outlets and phone jacks that are 18 to 24 inches off the floor.
·         Mounting kitchen outlet and garbage disposal controls on the counter makes them handier than in their customary, hard-to-reach position at the sink back splash.
·         Raised, front-loading washers, dryers, and dishwashers don't require stooping or reaching

7. Appropriate size and space for use, regardless of body size or mobility: No matter what your body size, posture, or level of functioning, you should be able to approach, reach, and manipulate objects easily. There should also be sufficient space for someone who needs to use adaptive devices, such as wheelchairs or walkers.

·         An open, spacious floor plan with five-and-a-half foot hallways (instead of the usual four-foot) looks modern and inviting while it accommodates strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs when and if they're needed.
·         A variety of work surface heights, such as counter tops that are low in some places along the perimeter and higher in a center island, works for a user who's sitting on a tall stool or low chair, or standing. This is friendlier for family members of differing heights, too.
·         Fold-back doors under the cooking island permit knee space for those who need to use a stool or a wheelchair.
·         A wall-mounted sink with open space beneath loses some common storage but gains access for a wheelchair, especially when the drain is positioned at the back, not in the middle.
·         Raised or adjustable toilet seats comfortably accommodate those with back, hip, or knee problems or those who have problems with balance.
·         A molded seat in the shower stall can look attractive and modern; it's as handy for a woman shaving her legs or shampooing a small child as for a senior being assisted in the bath.