The effect produced by getting maximum benefit out of the minimum dimensions of a room is called roominess.
Hence the achievement of the economy of space without the spasm of planning. Particularly in case of residential buildings where adequate storage space is required for various purposes, adequate provision should be made for wall cupboards, scaffolding wood/RCC shelves etc. to make maximum use of each nook and corner of the building .
key points to consider
In order to create a desirable effect regarding roominess, the following points should be kept in mind.
- A square room in plan appears smaller than a rectangular room of equal area. It is also considered relatively small in terms of utility as compared to a rectangular room of equal area. The ratio of length to width for a good room is taken as 1.2 to 1.5. If the ratio of length and width is more than 1.5 it creates an undesirable effect. A small room whose length is more than 2 times its width is objectionable, as it creates a tunnel effect.
- A small room with high walls appears smaller than its actual size and such small rooms should have the minimum permissible height as per the bye-laws.
- The location of doors, windows and built-in-cupboards etc. should be such that they allow easy access and do not obstruct the placement of furniture etc.
- This requires skill and critical thinking to make the best use of the accommodation provided by the appropriate arrangement of rooms, locating doors and passages in such a way as not to adversely affect the living, usability, privacy and external appearance.
- The design of the building should be developed in such a way that its floors, walls and ceilings create a feeling of continuous non-stop surfaces.