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Tips on Designing Your Own Floor Plan


Written By: Carol Evenson
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Keep Things Easy

While simple living is all the rage, you may not be interested in minimalist design. However, it is important for busy adults to design their homes in a way that keeps things easy.

Do you enjoy outdoor activities such as working on your own lawn or in your own garden? Make sure the entrance youll use the most after these activities is easy to access and that you have a place to dump your muddy shoes. If you have or are planning to have young children, make sure that the first stop in from the garage or the bus has a durable floor thats easy to clean.

Focus on Flow

As soon as you step into your very own home, youll likely start shedding things. It may be a briefcase or work boots. Youll also want to de-stress as you move into your home.

Design choices may include an easy-to-access closet with cubbies and chargers for electronics. If youre planning a custom home sound or lighting system, create a spot for those controllers.

For those who like to entertain, its critical to have plenty of kitchen space for people to gather. An open floor plan is a wonderful way to invite guests into the heart of your home. Plan for an island or a peninsula if youd like your guests to gather in this crucial workspace.

A Word on Security

Security cameras arent just for your front door anymore. If youre away from home for long periods of time, or will have children home alone before you get home from work, the ability to check in on your kids and make sure the interior of your home is secure and safe is crucial. Plans for these tools will need to be made before the walls go up.

Natural Light for a Healthy Brain

The placement of windows and skylights can go a long way to making your home both happy and healthy. Natural light is critical to good brain health and quality sleep.

If nearby houses are closer than you would like, consider putting in frosted or textured windows to allow for natural light without the view. Also, skylights that allow venting are a great way to bring in both sunshine and fresh air.

Not a morning person? Plan your sleeping space away from the rising sun, or avoid a lot of east facing windows. You can enjoy plenty of light with south-facing windows and still sleep in

Build In Some Decadence

Everyone needs a little pampering. As with keeping things easy, its different for every one of us. If you need surround sound in the laundry room, plan this while the walls are open. For those whove always wanted a giant tub, now is the time to treat yourself.

Let this spill into your yard. If your spouse loves to grill, consider building a deck with plenty of space and wiring for a smoker or pellet grill. Few of us can get every luxury weve ever wanted in our homes, but with proper planning you can get at least one feature youve always wanted.

Home design is a lot of fun but also puts a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the buyer. Work with a designer or architect that is willing to put in the time discussing the things you need and the items you really want.



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