It looks REALLY COOL . . . but does it work?

I saw the funniest little car today.

It was an Hybrid (or maybe electric) hatchback – Reminded me of a Pacer.

This car was COOL looking . . . lots of curves and STYLE.

Something struck me . . . Why would anyone want a hatchback?

So they could put things IN it, right?

This car’s hatchback was WIDE at the top and very narrow at the bottom (in order to preserve the┬ácurvaceous motif).

How on earth could anyone load anything of any significance into this car?

The form (Style) defeated the function.

Whoever bought it probably LOVES to look at it and curses it when it’s time carry anything but people (and small objects).

We see this often in houses.

I can’t tell you the number of kitchens I have seen that are BEAUTIFULLY done with the finest tiles and granite . . . yet virtually non-functional for anyone with cooking skills higher than the pre-programmed buttons on the microwave.

Oh! Little things like . . .

  • When the refrigerator is open, you can’t enter or exit the room
  • The dishwasher and the silverware drawer cannot both be open at the same time.
  • The sink and the dishwasher on opposite sides
  • This list can go on and on and on

How about the house with a BEAUTIFUL 3 car garage that can ONLY be accessed from the inside through the Master Bedroom?

This is an issue that’s more black and white than “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” (Of course, we ALL know it’s the chicken ­čÖé

Especially when it comes to houses (and cars) . . . BIG ticket things . . . If you’re going to make one of the largest purchases of your life, wouldn’t it make sense to:


Think through with the question: “Does this WORK?”

Will it do what you want it to do?

Will it make your life  simpler?

Get the function RIGHT . . . Then add the glitz.

An aside . . . I love it when I see what we lovingly call “Old People Architectural Details” (No disrespect intended) which generally shows up in houses in which these folks have lived for a LONG time and have “tweaked it along the way” . . . and these tweaks are ALL function (with little – if any – regard for beauty).

These houses WORK COOL . . . but might not look so slique ­čÖé

Consult with a REALTOR as you design your living spaces, and you might save yourself LOTS of future angst.


Published by Barry Owen

Residential Real Estate sales Strategist Search - Analysis - Negotiation - CLOSED Inviter-Facilitator-Practicer of Open Space Technology Opening safe space for people & organizations to self-organize around issues & opportunities Invite-Listen-Love

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