Alex Coppock

The layout of space: the entrance

by 3rd Aug, 2018

The layout of your interior spaces will impose a routine on everyone who lives there so it is important to ensure the routine you create is life giving, easy and beneficial.

Every home and every person’s routine is different but we find there are some set routines that we find resonate with most people and which can be used to start thinking about the plan of the house.

In this series of eight articles, we’ll take a look at some of the spaces in the home, their relationship to each other and what their design needs to consider.

In this first article we look at the entrance.

As soon as one opens the front door, one wishes to have a sense of entrance and of arrival. There are also practicalities to consider. There is always a need for a place to take off the clothes that we use for the outside world and put on the clothes of the inside world. This is something that needs to be done every time we walk in and out of the house and so careful consideration should be given to the idea of cloakrooms or cloak cupboards. It seems pointless, once one is in, to have to carry coats and boots any further than is strictly necessary. Equally, when one goes out it is not useful to collect items of clothing or shoes from the other end of the house, just to be able to walk out of the front door. The more exposed or rural the location, the larger these rooms need to be.