Welcome to your Saturday dose of decorating and remodelling inspiration CoContesters! Last week we took a peek at how to achieve a balanced sense of unity in your home, while this week we will be taking a peek at 5 tips to plan your new home’s layout.
Floor plan design is a difficult and often complex set of issues and challenges. For this reason, consulting a professional is almost an essential, especially for those who do not have experience in architectural design or dwelling layouts. However, before you contact an expert to have your plans correctly drawn up, there are some things you can think about. Having a good idea of what you are looking for and want will give your architect or designer a better idea of your requirements and desires. To get you started we’ve collated 5 things we believe are essential considerations before you start planning your new home. From making sure your dwelling fits your lifestyle to working on your budget, there are plenty of challenges and crucial calculations to consider.
1. Choose a plan that suits your lifestyle
Are you someone who likes to entertain? Or perhaps you prefer cosy nooks to relax and unwind? Your home should reflect your lifestyle, while offering versatility and functionality. Look at the main areas you spend the most time, and plan them to mirror your behaviour and habits.
Do you have a family, children or live alone? It is also a fundamental question to ask yourself how others life within the home. If you have teenagers you might need extra or separate living space, more bedrooms, or a rumpus area. If you have young children you may choose an open plan layout to keep an eye on everyone in your abode. All of these questions and more must be asked before you can begin your floor plan design.
Grab a pen and paper and start writing a list of ideas, and check out as many examples as you can for inspiration and ideas.
2. Decide on essential features
Features often determine your home’s floor plan. Do you want a fireplace to sit as the centrepiece of your room? Or are you hoping to include a games room in your dwelling? These features will need to be considered in order for their addition in your floor plan design. Look at examples and get some inspiration from likeminded designs. In addition to your interior, don’t forget your outdoor areas as well. These should be integrated with the home, while offering functionality and inclusivity.
3. Consider your budget
This seems simple enough, but is crucial to ensuring your design is feasible. You may want a home such as the one above…but realistically you might have to pare-back your desires. A professional architect will help a lot with this stage of your planning, but you can take a few matters into your own hands too. Look at materials you will utilise, and avoid moving your plumbing to difficult locations where possible. If you are building from scratch you will have a little more freedom with your layout, while a renovation or refurbishment may have its limitations. Saving money on your remodel might include the avoidance of total re-structuring, in addition to keeping wet spaces in their original locations. Once you’ve got a few ideas for your new home, you can always get started (and save money!) by launching a contest via our website!
4. Look at the space restrictions of your plot and work it into your floor plan design
Sure, you may want a large and luxurious home, but can you fit it onto your plot? Space restrictions are one of the biggest hurdles you will encounter with your floor plan design, in addition you need to look at thoroughly and creatively. As well as working with your requirements and needs, you need to think about local government restrictions that will determine where you can build, how high and how close to the property border. Take a peek at this compact home for some inspiration!
5. Focus on accessibility and movement
Do you have a family member who requires certain accessible spaces? Wheelchairs, as well as the mobility impaired often require distinct specifications within their home. You should look at the width of hallways, corridors, doors and archways, while checking out the standards and suggestions for those with a disability or impairment. This example above has created an open plan layout, with flooring that is non-slip and easily navigated.
Are you ready to start planning your new home’s floor plan? Stay tuned next Saturday for more fabulous interior inspiration and ideas!