You picked the best home furniture and accessories. You chose the perfect color palette that remains true to your personal style. You’re also sure that your home is spacious enough for your lifestyle. However, you feel like something about your home still seems a bit off.
The problem here is not the square footage per se; it’s the use of that square footage. There’s something wrong with your house plan or floor plan. The placement of the furniture pieces, the relationship of your home’s elements to each other, and the flow throughout your home aren’t streamlined.
If you’re buying a home, hiring a home builder, or doing remodeling projects, here are some of the points to ponder when studying the house plans.
1. How is the home situated on its lot?
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is falling in love too much with a house plan that you forget about your site and its surroundings. Think about the orientation and the view, and how the plan should link with them.
The floor plan should be able to camouflage the home’s flaws and maximize its assets. Make the best use of your outdoor space and sunshine or shade by way of decks, porches, patios, and courtyards. You may also add oversized windows and glass sliding doors for a visual connection to the outdoors.
2. Does the floor plan fit your lifestyle?
When picking the right house plan, make sure to put your family and yourself in the picture. How often do you cook? Do you have elderly parents who may not like going up 3 flights of stairs throughout the day? Do you prefer an open floor plan or a plan with individual partitions for rooms? How big is your family? How often do you host parties? These are some of the things that will dictate how your house plan should look like.
3. Is there a graceful, efficient flow?
Imagine opening all doors and walk through the plan from the foyer to kitchen and bedrooms. How is the kitchen connected to the family room? Is the main loo accessible from any part of the home? Then try to imagine coming in from your car with groceries. Is the path from the garage through the mudroom to the kitchen smooth and convenient?To create a more inviting, workable, and convenient environment, think about the connection of the rooms placed near each other. For instance, the path from the garage and/or laundry/mud room to the kitchen should be short and direct, same with the kitchen and the dining room. If you’re living with aging parents whose rooms are located on the ground floor, see to it that the bathroom is accessible.
4. How is the traffic?Space matters. If you tend to trip over furniture often when passing through a room, there must be something wrong with the traffic flow.
The rule of thumb is you should be able to move about from one place to another without obstacles blocking you. Make sure there are a couple of feet between the sofa and coffee table, and between chairs. There should also be a clear path so people can travel from room to the other with ease.
5. Do you want to create an open floor plan?
Old fashioned homes tend to be more compartmentalized, with one room isolated from the next with walls. While this setting establishes privacy, it could make the home feel small, cramped, and uncomfortable.
Opting for a more open layout by breaking walls and incorporating lightweight partitions instead can help. You can also subtly divide rooms using furniture pieces. Not only will it increase square footage; opening up will also improve the circulation of air and light throughout the space.6. Are the room sizes adequate?
Measure your existing furniture first before deciding on final sizes for your home. This will help you determine how much space you really need. You should also leave an allowance if you’re trying to add space for more pieces.
7. Are there storage rooms?
Are closets, wardrobes, pantries, and storage rooms spacious enough? Are they placed where they need to be? A good floor plan offers a variety of storage options. You can put a storage room in the garage, in the mudroom, in the kitchen (pantry), and below the stairs.
8. Is the furniture arrangement balanced?
Balance is integral in home design. Consider both the size and the placement of various pieces; do not group all the small or large pieces in one area or place them all on one side of the room for these will make space feel uneven. There should also be a variety of shapes; combine straight and curvy, long and short, horizontal and vertical.
9. How much will architectural features cost you?
You are looking at a jaw-dropping fully-furnished model house with expansive ceiling windows and skylights. There’s no doubt they are majestic architectural features you’d like to flaunt, but think about its impact on heating and cooling your home when your energy bill arrives.
10. How safe is your home?
Safety first. If you have little kids, many stunning features like balconies, expansive glass shower enclosures, glass partitions, and stairs that don’t have railings, may be modified.
Author Bio: Carmina is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hunter.