How To Develop Spacial Intelligence When Building A New Home

I recently had a nice email from one of our happy customers.

It reads:

Hi Steve,

Just wanted to say we are finally in our home that you and Alan designed and it is just amazing. We cannot believe how well the design turned out, who would have thought such a steep block could have such an awesome home built on it.



When I read that message it reminded me just how many people trust us to design a home that meets their requirements.

You see, Melissa’s block had a steep slope that started from the street and sloped down more than 3 metres to the back of the block. The block also had a right of way on the left hand side, which ultimately was used to enter their new undercroft garage.

All of these conditions meant there would be a few design challenges to make everything work.

What really makes a difference to achieving a great design for a block like this is having the ability to use our spatial intelligence to create a design on a piece of paper that will work well once it is built.

Being involved in the building process for over 20 years helps develop spatial intelligence through the daily practise of studying drawings and then walking onto a building site and understanding the overall size, height and location of specific objects and features.

So here’s a tip if you’re currently designing your home.

You won’t have the opportunity to see countless plans and attend dozens of building sites to develop your own spatial intelligence. But you can spend some time reviewing your drawings and visualising the space in your mind’s eye.

The best way I can recommend you do this is to get a tape measure and stand in your current kitchen. Then, measure out the size of your new kitchen, as if to put your existing kitchen inside that space. This will give you an overall idea of how much bigger or smaller the new kitchen will be.

Do this for all your other rooms like your living areas, your alfresco, master bedroom and ensuite and kids’ rooms. That way, you’ll be able to assess if your new home design will be adequate given your current furniture arrangements.

It will also give you confidence that your designer will have translated your expectations of space into your future home design.

I hope this spatial intelligence tip helps you on your building journey.