Q: How do you go about designing a space that is adaptable?
RK: The best way to make a space adaptable is through the illusion of creating separate components of the house that are linked, and can then evolve with time. One way you do that is by thinking about how people come in and go, how spaces are connected in the house, and if it can be separated or linked when it’s being used as part of the whole house.
For example, in the Evolution Farmhouse I designed, there is a divider wall sitting to the side of the front door and behind the living room. While the wall isn’t long, it doesn’t make the hallway and living room feel disconnected from one another (making both spaces feel small) or blend the two spaces into one. Thus, linking spaces together while creating the feeling of separation.
During COVID-19, we have seen people use their homes as their work spaces. This technique is ideal for solving the issue of broad open plan designs; you can still cut the link between the spaces without making the house feel smaller. I also find it’s suitable for long-term guests or for children as they became young adults looking for some independence.
A home should really be a forever space, so if it can adapt then it has done the job.