One of the things that makes Casa Communications different is a deep understanding of how the built environment can change our lives. I don’t just write about amazing architecture or dazzling designs; I write about how they affect us. If you’re reading this, you probably already know that many of my articles explore the ways our surroundings affect us culturally, socially and even physiologically. But we can’t deny that design impacts us physically, too, and ergonomics is a perfect example of how.
The very first article I wrote for Houzz was 10 Top Design Tips for an Ergonomic Kitchen. It scored me a progressive new client and a regular regular gig as a freelance writer for Houzz. And as the story’s readership grew, and grew, and kept on growing, I proposed a series of ergonomic articles to my blazingly brilliant editor to give our readers important ergonomic information that they clearly craved.
The story 10 Top Design Tips for an Ergonomic Bathroom followed suit and was met with an equally robust readership. 10 Top Design Tips for an Ergonomic Laundry came next, followed by 10 Top Design Tips for an Ergonomic Home Office, all of which were eagerly pounced on by audiences around the world.
It turns out, ergonomics are often poorly considered in the world of design; not because architects or designers don’t care (they do – very much), but because the world has changed since many ‘standard’ recommendations were introduced. Many of those optimum measurements – such as bench height and the perfect distance between fixtures – became industry standards over half a century ago. And without knowing exactly why, people are starting to sense that the workhorses of their home (kitchen, bathroom, laundry and office) are not working for them optimally.
This is partly because some ergonomic standards are becoming outdated. These days, people are growing taller (cue a necessary rise in bench heights), the appliances in our home have changed (gone are the old washboards and coppers and in their place stand shiny new washing machines), and the way we use our homes is different (the ergonomics of open-plan living have subtle distinctions from the sequestered rooms of old).
Clever architects and designers have clued on to the fact that ergonomics need a refresher course around the home. And their lucky clients are reaping the benefits with better postures, healthier bodies and a lack of physical aches and pains.