The design of a new home is often the result of careful consideration and a balance between design, cost, and the space available. Finding the right balance and drawing up a floor plan that fits the needs of those who will live in that house can be a daunting task. That said, there are a few things one could do to come up with a home floor plan that strikes the right balance.
Think about the flow of the house
The first thing to consider is how the home should flow and how many rooms there will be. Considering the flow of the house includes considering where certain fixtures and features will be placed, where the windows will be and where all the doors to the different rooms will be. It is also important to consider how many rooms are needed. The most important rooms are the living area, the kitchen, and the bedrooms. The number of bedrooms is the most challenging part of deciding the flow of the house.
Deciding on the number of bedrooms
There are so many factors that come into play when deciding how many bedrooms are needed. The number of occupants, their ages, as well as if any guest rooms are needed are just a few of the considerations to keep in mind.
Once the number of bedrooms and guestrooms has been decided, it is important to check again to see if they fit into the overall flow of the house. It is important to ensure bedrooms are not easily accessible from such areas as the living area of the kitchen. It is also important that the master bedroom is as far away from the other bedrooms as possible for obvious reasons.
Types of spaces needed
There are two types of spaces, formal and informal. Formal spaces include spaces such as the kitchen and dining area where the homeowner can host guests. A foyer or deck, for example, is part of the informal area. Formal areas are more private and as discussed above, should be harder to access than informal areas.
Single or multiple stories?
A house with multiple stories is a lot easier to plan than one with a single floor. The home floor plan for a home with multiple floors or stories can include informal areas on the lower areas and formal areas on the upper floors or stories.
If there are elderly people who need a lot of space, kids who need a play area or a nursery, the floor plan might have to be adjusted accordingly.
Plan for the future
If you are planning on having kids, it is always important to factor than it. Maybe you want to reuse their bedrooms when they leave for college. That should be factored in. What if you want to redesign the layout of the kitchen in the future? Will you have enough room to maneuver? All of these things and many more should be thought about when drawing up any home floor plans.