Form & Function in Homebuilding

2013-03-02T00:00:00Z Form & Function in Homebuildingby Michelle Krueger Time Homes Columnist nwitimes.com
March 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

With the number of specific selections you need to make when building a new home or remodeling, look to this space for the very latest innovations in design and materials, plus new products for kitchens, baths, great rooms, bedrooms, suites, entryways, outdoor living and more.

In the late 19th century, Chicago architect Louis Sullivan declared, “form ever follows function.” Emphasizing the fact that there are many different ways of meeting the same function, Sullivan’s work demonstrates how a unified aesthetic approach gives every building unique character inside and out.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan’s chief draftsman for six years, advanced his ideas of American architecture to the residential market, and those prolific words continue to influence homebuilding today, with new product developments and designs favoring three primary elements a la Sullivan: art (form), science (function) and people (social).

When it comes to our homes, it all starts with how we want to feel in our personal space:

• Form is visual appeal, you’re simply attracted to something the moment you see it – or not.

• Function favors logic - will a product or amenity do what it’s supposed to do well?

• Social is the side of design that deals with what your home communicates about you.

From flexible living to entertaining, de-stressing and storing, watch this space to learn about what’s going on in homebuilding and discover how the latest products and designs can meet your particular form and function needs. Until next week, consider how you can integrate Pantone’s Color of Year: Emerald in your home, along with Lemon Zest, Poppy Red and Nectarine, which are their hot colors for Spring.

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