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5 mistakes people make when designing their floor plan

When designing on a floor plan for your home, it is essential to remember that practicality in regards to functionality, space and your lifestyle are important factors that will affect your enjoyment of the house.

As you will need to submit your floor plan design for council approval before your builders can start any work on the property, it?s best to start on the right track to designing a great floor plan.

Below you will find the 5 most common mistakes people make when designing their floor plan and how to avoid them.

Forgetting about your lifestyle

The point of designing a home is to enjoy it and there is no better way to do this than to create a floor plan that accommodates your lifestyle. More often than not, people get too consumed with house design ideas browsing one picture after another. The result of countless ideas rushing all at once leads to an overwhelming confusion of what is ideal based on your individual lifestyle as opposed to what looks visually aesthetic.

If you love hosting and entertaining, consider incorporating an open plan living space with a seamless inside to outside transition. For those who work from home, think about creating a separate, secluded office space that will allow you to efficiently and comfortably work from home.

Failure to future-proof

To build your dream home, you will need to think about the future of it. After all, your forever home will be one that grows together with your family. If you have young children, it may pay off to put thought into separating your living area and include a secluded study space for your children for when they grow older.

Don?t underestimate the number of bathrooms you will need especially if you have a family living with you. Once your children get older, you may be faced with a gridlock situation every morning when it?s rush hour for office and school.

Forgetting about storage

All households need storage space which is an often overlooked aspect when designing new homes. From the butler?s pantry to large linen cupboards or bigger garage space, you?ll need to identify ideal places to incorporate storage space for your home. A good place to start is to determine which areas you will use the most and then incorporate storage into the floor plan.

Not thinking about orientation

If you?re looking to gain the most from natural heat and light, face your home north and enjoy the benefits of reduced heating and electricity bills. Give thought the window positions for rooms as you probably won?t want to have double bay windows in a bedroom that faces the street for privacy reasons. 

Failure to consider furniture

Don?t forget to allocate enough space for your existing furniture when designing your floor plan. It?ll be annoying to find that your beds don?t leave enough room on either side or that your sofa can?t fit aesthetically into your living space. After all, buying new furniture can add up in costs and getting rid of your existing ones can be a pain.

A good way to consider your existing furniture is to create a list of what you have followed by where you want to put them. Take measurements of your furniture and incorporate these elements into your floor plan design.

Article provided by Supa Group Constructions