Published at Saturday, March 30th, 2019 - 02:12:09 AM. Home Decoration. By Adette Brandt.
Some prefer to locate them in the open for better views, to be social, or because of cultural traditions, says Topher Delaney, a garden designer with Delaney + Chin in San Francisco. “Many Hispanic families are very inclusive—at a hospital, weve seen 15 members of a family show up—while other groups want it quieter. You need to have different strategies to address different cultures,” he says. Accessibility is also an important feature in site selection. Langrall says its important to consider universal design principles for those with mobility issues or who want to age in place.
Home layouts can also be optimized so animals can comfortably hang out with their human owners. Spring Creek Designs Smutko found that she and her husband were constantly needing to walk around their 60-pound German shepherd, Tess, in the kitchen. When the firm redesigned the room, she requested a larger aisle between the work island and sink. “We wanted Tess to be with us, but without being stepped on,” she says. She selected a hard quarter-sawn floor that would withstand Tesss claws. Technology and internet-enabled products can also help. Smart cameras and lights allow homeowners to keep tabs on pets and ensure theyre comfortable when alone in the house. New electronic collars can activate pet doors so that homes remain secure. Winter Park, Fla., architect, builder, and licensed interior designer Phil Kean incorporated that technology when he designed the New American Home in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders. He also used an artificial turf called K9Grass that is designed specifically for dogs and eliminates the challenge of muddy paws and dead spots on the lawn.
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