The way you design your home’s floor plan and layout affect your home’s potential, in a number of ways. It is an essential part of the building process and is one of the key features you must consider for your home to be accommodating to your lifestyle and suitable to your family. Because building a home is an expensive investment, many homeowners decide to design the home’s layout on their own. While this may sound economically smart, in reality, it isn’t. A home’s layout, like any other phase of construction, needs to be professionally planned to be effective.
The layout of your home affects and is dependent upon your lifestyle, your family, what you use your home for (is it purely residential or do you intend to use it as a form of income?) and how you want the interior of your home to appear. There are three main types of floor plans that you can choose from:
- Many people who live in older homes are used to this type of floor plan. The floor plan has the same amount of space, but more walls, making it less free-flowing.
- Contemporary open
- Most modern homes have this layout as it provides a greater free-flowing feel and allows spaces to appear larger. Additionally, it creates a more together feeling as it allows people to feel closer to each other.
- With a custom layout, a floor plan is created according to what the homeowner desires. They can choose whatever material, colours or fixtures that they want as well as customise the floor plan.
If you decide to plan your home layout with the help of a professional, we’ve come up with some valuable tips that will help you to develop a home layout that will fit the needs of you, your family and your lifestyle.
3 tips to help you plan your home’s interior layout
Get to know the sizes that each room should be
Understanding what the general size of each room should be before you begin to plan your layout is important as it can affect the flow that you want in your home. The general size of a space in addition to the measurements of doors and hallways will help you to decide what area of the layout you should dedicate to which space. For example, if you are committed to a large kitchen and a large dining room, then they are likely to benefit from an open floor plan and be situated near to each other on your layout. In addition to the location of rooms and impact on your floor plan, the general size of rooms can help you to decide what kind of furniture you can fit into the room and what customisation details will work. For example, small rooms benefit from light colours and large rooms carry dark colours well.
Set up a focal point in your home
All homes benefit from a ‘natural’ focal point. We say natural because you also have the option of adding in artificial focal points like an accent wall or art. A ‘natural’ focal point refers to the nature surrounding a home or a view. Planning your layout around the positioning of a window that allows you to take advantage of a breathtaking view is a smart idea. It instantly creates an atmosphere and directs you to the room that would best benefit from a focal point i.e. the room that you spend the most time in. A room with a large window and amazing view would benefit from an open floor plan that allows a visitor to be instantly drawn to it.
Pay attention to how you want foot traffic to flow
There are specific factors that impact the foot traffic in your home: having roommates, entertaining frequently and preferring privacy in your home. Each bodes well with a different floor plan which ultimately impacts your day-to-day life. If you intend to have roommates for a prolonged period of time after the construction of your home, then, you may prefer a traditional floor plan that offers privacy in specific areas of the home. However, open floor plans are more attractive to prospective renters (in the case where you opt to rent your entire home). Homeowners who entertain often will benefit from an open floor plan that allows guests to move around freely.
At ES Design, we work with you to ensure that you get exactly what you want from your property. We know how important the design and layout of a project is, especially if your livelihood depends on it, and thus, will work to ensure that we provide you with the best advice and guidance possible so that your development potential is maximised. To find out more about our services call us on (02) 9787 2000.