It is also quite reasonable to conclude that most individuals carry similar basic taste patterns from home to work – and vice versa. Even when one wishes definite contrast between their commercial environment and their home environment, those basic traits and preferences drive the overall concepts, even when the design develops its distinct and appropriate “use personality.”
It is a challenge to enter the unique trust relationship required for the development of an environment where the client will be spending an extraordinary amount of time on a regular basis. The success and sustainability of many factors hinge on the choices and decisions made in the process.
Everything from pragmatic employee functionality to the business’ marketing message and image rides on those decisions. It is easy to understand why good communication with reasonable continuity is critical.
With that substantial investment (concerning the connection of a client to their environment) it is a natural step to bridge from commercial to residential when and if the need is present, timely and desirable.
As with the business environment, the residential environment must speak directly and appropriately to the unique personality of the client’s domestic participants. The distinctions and the desired separations between work and home are primary considerations. Yet, even when those distinctly different environments sharply contrast with one another, there are underlying rationales and disciplines that remain consistent.
No one really likes to have to re-invent the wheel when it can be avoided. When a client becomes immersed in the complexities of their design project (large or small), the thought of having to re-visit groundwork could be daunting! Continuity and familiarity with your facts and circumstances provide many advantages.
Building a bridge from residence to business, or business to residence, is something to think about. Consider time, the benefits of piggyback purchasing, budget efficiencies and just the good energy and motivation of “being on a roll.” Much duplication of effort and construct can be avoided.
When the circumstances fit the dual scenario, inform your design team about what is also happening elsewhere in your planning. If it does not eventuate, nothing lost. If it does, you will be way ahead of the game in many important ways.
Robert Boccabella, B.F.A., Certified Interior Designer
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