Zoning in on Function: Home Interiors Designed Like Apps


The physical flow of a home can make all the difference between a comfortable, pleasant space and an awkward and confusing one. Well-designed homes feature floor plans that make daily activities simple to perform because the functional spaces flow perfectly. Architect and webpreneur David Galbraith likens the ideal home design to the ideal web application design. In both architecture and web design, function makes all the difference. Both can be beautiful but sorely lacking in function; likewise, both can be functional but with no real style.

Galbraith’s concept of the ideal home design mimics the ideal website design: it features interconnected spaces with functions that flow smoothly from one space to the next. This case study house diagram is the result of Galbraith’s ideas about the way the interior of a home should be laid out. Active and passive spaces don’t simply coexist; they flow functionally, connecting through shared or similar uses and arranged into logical modules and zones. The purpose of one space relates to the purpose of the next space so that all of your daily activities move you along through the home in a perfectly sensible way.

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