Designing a house that you are going to end up living in is a fun process because it allows you to make all of the most important decisions about how the house is going to look, how much space you are going to have, and what parts of the house are going to have priority. However, it is also easy to go wrong when creating a floor plan. Here are some tips for creating the best floor plan for your family.
1. Assign Priority to Each Room
You and your spouse first need to make a list of all of the rooms that you would each like in the house in an ideal world. Have each of you put this list together in order of most important rooms--meaning the rooms that have the highest priority should be at the top of the list. Make your lists separately so that you are able to get your true feelings on paper and not be influenced by the other's decisions and opinions. Then, come together and share your lists.
First, check to see what rooms you have in common and write these down in a third list. Then, look at the rankings on each of your lists and average them. For example, if having a large kitchen is priority number one for you and number three for your spouse, set the priority at level two. This will allow you to create a list of all of the rooms that you want and their relative size to one another, with the rooms that have high priority getting the most room.
2. Take Into Account Any Family Additions
If you are planning on having kids or more kids than you already have, you might want to consider how important it is to you that each child gets his or her own room. If this is very important to you, then you are going to want to make sure that you include extra rooms, such as a guest bedroom or a home office, that can be changed into a bedroom for your new small child. If not, make sure that you make the bedrooms for your children large enough to accommodate two or more children.
3. Isolate Rooms That Are For Focusing From Common Areas
Finally, any home offices or workshops need to be isolated from living rooms and family rooms. This is because the extra noise generated by other family members watching TV or playing video games can be distracting for those who are trying to focus and get work done. If you have a home office or a workshop, consider putting it on another floor of your house or across the floor plan with several walls in between in order to make sure that these rooms are as quiet as you need them to be. For more information, talk to top residential architects.