So now that you’ve been indoctrinated into the practice of launching a project by setting environmental-impact goals, including foreswearing fossil fuels, what happens next? For many, maybe even most of us, the natural next step is to start envisioning the space: How is your house, renovation, addition, or ADU going to be laid out? How will you move from room to room? What uses do you envision for the spaces in your abode?
This is a critical part of designing a new home or remodel and has as much to do with the climate impact of the project as many other detail will. Homes that are not thoughtfully planned often end up larger than necessary, with wasted or unused spaces, and are likely to be remodeled sooner, and remodeling is a wasteful process. This critical part of the process is what architects call “programming.”
About ten years ago I learned something startling from my clients. They had assumed that all the square footage numbers in their architect’s program were additive, so the program dictated how big a house they should build. RED ALERT! First of all, floor area numbers used in programming are pretty…