A clear understanding of design basics will help you as you develop your sense of place and space and what the two mean to you.
Design for you as a Buyer is represented by the physical spaces created in a place. Within these spaces are materials that further help define and refine the spaces.
An important facet in the thought of design is the interaction of the spaces...both inside and outside of a building. One has to consider the feelings as you walk through from one room to another, from inside to outside.
By taking time to understand how spaces feel to you, one starts being more aware of your emotions in the spaces and how having a sense of place is very important to how you perceive a building from just being four walls to transforming into your home.