There’s a big difference between a shelter and a home.
A shelter provides protection from the environment.
A home is shelter that also provides for the needs, comfort and convenience of the occupants.
No home is perfect but some are better than others.
At this stage of the design process I start virtually living in the space. By that I mean I imagine myself going through the motions of the obvious and the mundane.
Is the bed large enough to be comfortable and will it be claustrophobic or pleasantly cozy??
Is there decent ventilation?
|In this image you can see coat hooks for hanging wet and dirty stuff, storage space for a broom, towel bars on the door, and the all important fire extinguisher, all handy to the door.|
Where do I put my glasses and book when I’m done reading in bed?
Can I turn off the reading light without getting up?
Where will I keep the broom?
Is there a handy place to store the fire stick I'm going to use many times a day to light the stove with?
Some of these things are addressed in the basic design, others by the details, details that may seem small but have a significant impact on the enjoyment and satisfaction of living in the space, of making it a home.
I call these details the bits and pieces and I've only touched on a few of them here, but you get the idea.