Figure 1. A starter ranch emphasizes "community space" used by the whole family while playing down more formal space. Despite its compact
size, it retains the important master suite.
mall houses are selling to two markets:
first-time buyers, who can't
afford larger spaces, and empty
nesters, who can often afford extra space
but no longer want or need it. For either
market, the space you design will be
more successful if you first analyze the
needs of the homeowners. The component
method is a tool to accomplish this.
The component method lets you
examine the needs of your buyers and
emphasize the components that fit their
lifestyle. We consider four component
• Community: public space