Common Floor Plan Mistakes To Avoid When Designing A New Build Home
Designing a floor plan that works for the house that you’re building and the family who might want to live there is important and will help the home to flow properly. The people who live there will enjoy the house more and will find it more efficient for daily life.
- Use 3D apartment floor plans to visualise the finished plan. Don’t choose a layout that won’t work for the home. It’s easy to forget to picture how a real family will live in the home. How will the family use the living room? How will older people manage the stairs?
- Don’t get carried away with fancy upgrades in your plan. Walking through a developer’s model home can be very helpful to help you picture how different floor plans actually feel. If you do this don’t get enamoured by the upgrades put in to show off the home and consider whether these will work for the home you’re building. Whether it’s upgraded carpets, expensive fittings or beautiful furniture, imagine the home without it, so you imagine how the floor plan works on its own.
- Don’t panic if you can’t make head or tail of the floor plan. If you’re new to looking at architectural drawings or floor plans, they can be very confusing. If you aren’t sure what the symbols mean, or can’t decipher which way the doors go or where the stairs are, ask the architect. They’ll be happy to explain.
- Don’t choose features that will end up costing you more in the long term. It can be easy to be excited by something that looks great on the plans, but that doesn’t actually work in a practical way. Details like floor to ceiling windows, tall hallways or skylights look lovely, but can have a big impact on the costs of heating and cooling the property. Allow for these extra costs.
- Don’t assume the planned rooms are large enough for family life. When you’ve read the dimensions of a room on a plan, it can be hard to picture how that room will feel in real life. Before finalising your plans, check them against the size of average furniture to make everything will fit.
- Don’t forget to allow for many people you expect people to want to fit into the space. When designing the floor plan, think about the kind of entertaining that people like to do at home. Are you expecting people to throw large parties, or need space in the garden for children to play? Think about how much space people would need for these kind of events to happen comfortably.
- Don’t forget to factor in the safety of the children in the house. If your target buyer is a family who has young children, think about how safe your home will be for them to live in. Avoid adding details like balconies, glass shower enclosures, stairs without railings or other features that look chic but should be adapted for families in order to keep things safe.