There are some critical differences between commercial and residential design. Here’s everything you need to know.
When most of us think of structure design, we often think of huge skyscrapers. But this commercial design is only one part of structure design.
Residential homes and buildings are also a huge part of structure design. With both residential and commercial construction spending increasing, it’s important to understand each market so you can be successful.
In this article, we are going to take you through the key differences between the two types of structural design.
Residential buildings like homes and condos require specific structural design elements. The aim is to fulfill the needs of the homeowner or tenant of the home.
Residential buildings have safety codes and requirements that must be taken into account by the designer. This includes the design of:
- Electrical lines
It’s also important to design the infrastructure of the house to be stable and safe for people to reside in.
A big part of residential design has to do with the infrastructural design, but also with the interior design.
Both residential and commercial building design require similar planning and infrastructural integrity. But there are key differences between the two, which can be summed up in three main differences.
Residential buildings are for people to live in. Commercial buildings, on the other hand, have many purposes that can affect the design.
Some commercial buildings are businesses or retail stores, which require specific design elements like:
- Meeting rooms
Other examples of commercial buildings are schools, hospitals, police stations, and government buildings. Each of these would require different design to accommodate the building’s needs.
For example, hospitals would need operating rooms, while schools would need a gymnasium. Each building also requires different electrical and plumbing planning.
Many commercial buildings will have more people in them at one time. This alters the building codes and the safety elements compared to a residential building housing only 5 people.
Commercial buildings often have other unique additions that residential buildings don’t have, like:
- Parking structures
- Restaurant kitchens
- Large bathrooms
- Conference rooms
We mentioned how commercial buildings often have more people in them than residential buildings.
Why are there usually more people within commercial buildings? Simple: commercial buildings and design projects are usually larger than residential buildings.
To accommodate more people, commercial buildings are made to be larger. The larger size definitely has an effect on the design compared to designing a home.
While residential and commercial design do have some common ground, there are key differences that change how different buildings are designed.
Designing buildings, whether it’s to fit a business, a family, or a community, can be difficult. If you have any questions or want some help on implementing your ideas, don’t hesitate to contact us.