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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 29, 2012 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Jan 28, 2012



Architect2d sent us a lengthy questionnaire concerning our future home. The questionscentered on what sort of amenities the various rooms would have and ouropinions on how spaces connect to each other. For example, for the living room,some of the questions concerned:

-      thetelevision (Will there be one? How big? Wall mounted?),
-      furniture(Sofa? Chair? Coffee table? Entertainment center?),
-      amenities(Fireplace?),
-      entertaining(How many people does the room need to accommodate?), and
-      relationshipto other spaces (Open to other rooms? Self contained?).

Similarly,we answered questions on the dining room, kitchen, utility room, stairs,study/office, master bedroom, master bathroom, master closet, guest room andbathroom, and other bedrooms. There were also questions on carport, garage, howinterior spaces relate to each other and to the outdoors, suggested interiorand exterior finishes, major landscape features, and outdoor cooking areas. I[ahem] added a section on desired green features.

RichardNeutra was infamous for sending new clients detailed questionnaires concerningtheir needs and habits. A good practice, methinks. Neutra referred to “clientinterrogation” as an art and a science which allowed him to have a deepercollaborative relationship with his clients. His questions included what spaceswere needed and what would be done in those spaces but also concerned family history,habits, and likes and dislikes.

Methinksquestionnaires are a good thing. One, it gets the clients (that’s us!) thinkingabout some of the multitudes of questions out there. Two, it let’s thearchitect know what needs to be considered when designing the house. And three,it documents these thoughts and “decisions” for prosperity and all of theparties (“I never said I wanted a helipad!” “Well, if you look right here onwhat you wanted for the kitchen…”). The only thing that makes me nervous about itis that it’s easy to give Santa a long list of wants and desires, but Santa maynot have enough room on his sleigh…

[photo by mwah, taken last week at the Gorilla Run]




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