Gregory's Good Quote today reminded us of a home design technique of a former boss (an architect). He developed fictional plots about clients' homes. The stories would serve several purposes...
One, to communicate the sense of place with the client. The story could communicate some things that drawings alone just couldn't. The client could alter the story to better reflect what they wanted, thus communicating their intent back to the designer.
Two, the fictional story helped him as the designer to create the space. The story was used to fill in the holes that invariably arise when working through the design process.
I remember one particular project and the fictional story behind it. The client, a local family, had purchased a traditional country home and hired our firm to renovate. My boss' story was that the home was that of a European couple with modern sensibilities. They were new to the area and stood out like sore thumbs. The way they lived in their renovated farmhouse was different from their more traditional neighbors. Their home was full of modern art and furnishings they brought with them from Europe, not to be found locally. Their modern possessions were in high contrast to the house's shell. This fictional plot-line helped put everyone on the same page and served as a reference throughout the project.
What story does your home tell? What story do you want your home to tell?