Hi Everyone and Happy Thursday,
After the uncertainty of covid 19, we are finally on the road to exit, hopefully if everyone and everything sticks to plan. With the construction industry given the go ahead of a commencement for new week we can slowly start to make some plans or at least amend them in my case 😉
Deciding on a final layout for your floor plan can be very exciting but it can also be a stressful and pressurised time. For something that is so permanent you don’t what to make mistakes that will cause you discomfort and cost you money. It can leave you going around in circles, googly eyed, trapped with fear of the ‘what if’ or ‘but when’ syndrome. The good news is these are all very common feelings and I am here to help you get a clearer mind and for you to feel much more settled and confident in your decision making. Here are 6 tips to help you cement your final floor plans.
1. Start With What You Know.
It is easier to start with the part of the layout you are happy with, be it the living room, the kitchen or the bedrooms. It can be as small as the downstairs toilet or cloakroom but the point is to start somewhere. If you start from there, you will automatically start to relax and you will feel much more settled in your decision making. You should then start to work out from these areas that you are happy with and build a path from there.
2. Imagine Yourself Living There.
Imagine yourself walking around the house, how would you go about your daily life? Imagine yourself at home at different times of the day, eating sleeping, playing and relaxing. Do you work from home? We have all been working from home much more these days and we will be in the near future, if possible. Are you the type of person to sit at an island to work or do you think you would need a room, upstairs out of the way? Do you like to entertain? Do you want to entertain? How many people are in your family? Do you have children? Do you plan to have children? Children become teenagers, what are their needs, does your floor plan facilitate that?
3. How are you going to move?
Circulation is a big thing. For many homeowners when designing their floor plan, the first thing we think about is having afew people over. Making plans to ensure that there is enough room for people to mingle, engage and dine is important. It is however, linked in with the skeleton of the circulation design where by you ask yourself simply, how are you going to move throughout your house? This is how your daily life is affected. How and when would you move from one room to another. The biggest mistake I see is when one room is completing isolated from the rest of the house. It is not part of the flow or path of the home. In larger homes, this room can become unused and a wasted space. In smaller homes this room will seem isolated from the rest of the house. The exciting part of being able to design your own floor plan is you get to design and the create the path.
4. Future proof your house.
I am all for living for the now but there are some cases in life where you must consider the future. If you are building as a couple today but you hope to have children, you will need to consider this in your floor plan. Now this doesn’t mean just to increase the amount of bedrooms. It means how is the house going to work with additional people living there. Safety becomes massively important, would you see the children from the kitchen island? Do you have enough storage solutions in the bedroom or for additional toys. You may have to work from afew days of the week when children arrive? Will you need a home office? Do you have an additional snug area? These are the things you need to think of. The best way around this, is to design a layout that will give you options so that your home can development as your family changes and grows.
5. Design for your budget.
It’s all about the monies at the end of it. When designing your floor plan there is a constant balance between what you want and what you have. Remember though, you can always phase your design. Rome wasn’t build in a day as they say. There’s a lot of living in the now, in the next 5 years, in the next 10 years. Try to enjoy that as much as possible. Visualise how you hope your home will look and work towards that. You can also extend in the future, just make sure that what you are doing now, you will not have to undo or cost you money. Prioritise what work needs to be done first and build from there, prioritising your budget and your needs. You will feel much more comfortable living in your new home when you do not feel under huge financial pressure. You have the rest of your lives to this.
6. Don’t design your home for one day of the year.
Do not design your house for Christmas day. Your home is about how you live in it daily, it is not about when you will 35 people over for dinner. It is more about how your floor plan design can impact your daily life and that should be at the centre of your decision making. Think about how many times you entertain, be realistic! Then count how many times you are in your house as a family? Yes, right it is massively imbalanced. Now this does not mean I am saying don’t design your house not to entertain, I’m simply saying don’t prioritise it or allow it to effect the rest of your floor plan design.
I hope this blog has helped you to channel your thoughts when designing your floor plan, it really is an exciting part of a new build. I wish you all the best with your project.
Eleanor, Cobelis-Spatial Designer
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