Creating a floor plan for your new home comes with multiple measurements, plans for lighting, plumbing, and flooring, and making sure that your floor plan fits your family’s lifestyle. RW Custom Homes can help you in creating a floor plan, but here are some common mistakes that homeowners make that you should work hard to avoid. Once a floor plan is laid out, there is only a small window where changes can be made, so if you notice mistakes or something that may be a problem in the future, it is best to address them now.
1- Settling For Just Square Footage
Many homeowners think that having the most square footage is the best thing for their home, but having a layout that is functional and helps keep you safe and healthy are just as important. While creating a floor plan that is too small is also something to avoid, just working on adding square footage that doesn’t have a purpose will create more problems.
2- Bad Placement Of Windows
Having windows that face out to your backyard, or have a view are the best places to include them. Putting windows where they look directly into your neighbor’s house, face another wall of your home, or open into another room is just not practical.
You will also want to include enough windows to help make your home feel airy and open. Including at least one window in bedrooms, above the sink, and in the dining area will help to produce a comfortable space. If you are asking yourself if you have enough windows in a space, adding just one more or increasing the size of the current one is the best idea.
3- Forgetting Storage Spaces
Every home needs to have storage spaces included when creating a floor plan. You need proper storage to keep your home tidy and safe, so instead of trying to install it later or finding places for random household items, plan on specific storage spaces or solutions. Closets, cubbies, mudrooms, built-in shelving, or even home offices can be dedicated to storage from the second you move in.
4- Placing Bathrooms In Appropriate Areas
Creating a floor plan requires some math and careful planning for plumbing and ease of bodily care. Placing bathrooms in the most convenient place might be trickier than you think. It is not recommended to have to walk through the kitchen to reach the bathroom, or to have to go out of the common flow of traffic to get ready for bed. Bathrooms can be separated into one wing of the house by other bedrooms, or inside the primary bedroom. If you want bathrooms on both floors of the home, you may want to line up the placement to make plumbing easier.
5- Not Considering Furniture Size
While a floor plan does not include building the majority of the furniture, measuring and planning for future furniture will help you ensure that the spaces are big enough. If you design your bedroom or furniture without furniture in mind, you may not have room for larger pieces like king-sized beds, extra seating options, or bookshelves.
Your furniture should enhance the room and make it feel like home. If you don’t plan for it when creating a floor plan, your space may feel cramped.
6- Research And Plan For Door Opening Space
Another spatial aspect to consider is door opening space and how tall and wide your doors should be. Being able to access points in your home, accept guests, and move furniture and items into your new home, depending on how thoroughly you planned for your interior and exterior doors.
Some decisions you will need to make include the opening path of the door, which direction the door will swing or fold open, how tall your door needs to be, where you can place doors on the walls, what type of door you install, correct measurements of the openings before installing the door, and the door hardware.
7- Dedicate Proper Space For Pipes
Plumbing is hidden once your home is constructed, but it needs to be at the front of your mind when creating a floor plan. Planning space underground, in your walls, and in ceilings and attics will help you save money and time during the construction process. Pipes and other plumbing mechanisms need space in order to be completely concealed. The last thing you want is pipes sticking out from your flooring or walls in order to get where they need to go.
Working with a professional plumber and professional home builder will help give you the correct dimensions needed for the thickness of walls or how much insulation is needed to protect your plumbing.
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