Too often, the metrics of real estate are flat and two dimensional. Location, number of bed/bathrooms, cost and of course, the marker to beat all markers, square footage are the common ones. All of these are two dimensional. As human beings, we never experience the world this way. So why does our relationship to our homes have to start, deal with and stay connected to, these flat metrics? We don't, but like having everything you need on your phone, we have gotten used to this commoditization of our living space. This has led to us focusing on the comparables.
Insert the Wall Street Journal.
Reading my usual news and information services today and came across the article in the Journal about the trend in real estate to get away from the standard 8' ceiling. I know I like taller ceilings, but I am 6'4" and have a closer perception of the extremely low. But the research they did on the article (http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-ceilings-what-a-difference-a-foot-makes-1470924659-written by Stefanos Chen) was good to see. They compared the price of real estate in several markets across the country and found that the higher the ceilings in a unit, the greater the price typically was. And while the New York numbers scared the living daylights out of me, the concept was great. Instead of the typical two dimensional metrics, this one was about the QUALITY of the space. The feeling of spaciousness and grandeur, let alone the ability to have higher windows and more light, were the main reasons for the desire for higher ceilings.
I offer that seeing the numbers from the WSJ article, we as owners and architects should be focusing on the quality of space. By looking at this new third dimension of a place, we can finally start to measure in a way that relates to the quality of the space. I would also argue that if we have a larger quality metric like this, with a smaller two dimensional metric, we may begin to see happier homes, those that would be in a scale we enjoy living in, not just a plan of square footage.