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Smart Luxury: Design of Secondary Spaces

Posted July 30, 2014 by & filed under

This week we continue discussing the Design Development stage of our trademark Smart LuxuryTM Program. We are currently half way through this stage and will be discussing the Secondary Spaces. Last week we reviewed Primary Spaces and how they set the tone for the overall design as well as serve to create dramatic impact in the space. Now we move to Secondary Spaces. They are called secondary not because they are less important but simply because they come second in the design process.

Once the aesthetic and design intention has been set through development of the Primary Spaces, the design team will begin working on the Secondary Spaces. These include areas such as additional bedrooms and bathrooms, office spaces or even some game rooms or play rooms depending on how the client would be using them. The design time required for these spaces is generally slightly less than that of the Primary Spaces due to the fact that the overall aesthetic has been developed and these areas work within that criteria. There are, however, a few caveats regarding these particular areas that need to be discussed.

When remodeling a home during a project that is going to be phased, Secondary Spaces are a great opportunity to create some breathing room in the budget. From a time frame perspective, these areas can be pushed a bit farther out in the implementation process. This is due in large part to the fact that, generally speaking, these areas are more private and will not be seen by as many visitors through the home. Secondary Spaces are also good value engineering locations (we will be discussing the value engineering aspect of Design Development next week). A beautiful space can be created in these areas while using complimentary but potentially lower price point finishes and materials. Between spreading out the time of the implementation as well as reducing the cost of product in the location, Secondary Spaces give the client a great deal of room to work within.

One other interesting facet of Secondary Spaces is the ability to personalize the space. For example, if one of the locations is a son or daughter’s bedroom, this is a time to get them involved in the project. IMI firmly believes that the space in which someone lives should reflect their personality. These Secondary Spaces can be designed with their input and assistance. A good design team can incorporate the personality of who lives there with the overall aesthetic in order to maintain design integrity and make something special for each individual.

The next step in Design Development is Value Engineering. This is a vital aspect to this stage of the project and required the effort of the entire team. Next week we will begin this discussion in detail.