Planning the layout for your new house
Many houses are poorly laid out. They could even appear like a crazy patchwork quilt, with rooms fitted together with little thought on their connectedness, or the association between adjoining rooms.
The layout of your house depends to a large extent on your life-style.
Many owners prefer an open plan living, dining, family and kitchen area where these rooms are combined into one large common area. This allows for easy flow, it avoids doors and passageways which creates more living space, it lets more light into the spaces, and it allows for the family to interact more freely.
The disadvantages of an open plan system are that in summer the whole area has to be cooled and in winter the whole area has to be heated, even areas which aren’t being used. This results in increased energy bills. It also makes it difficult to separate family areas from where guests are being entertained, and if you’re someone that doesn’t like your visitors to see a mess it means that the whole area has to be tidied and the rest of the family may have to be banished to their bedrooms before visitors arrive. It also means that when there’s a noise in the kitchen, those watching television might not be able to hear their favourite program, while that program could be annoying to others who want to talk.
Some families design their houses so parents and children live in separate wings, or even levels, possibly providing separate entrances to these areas. This living arrangement can be particularly well suited for older children.
What influences the layout and design of your home
The layout of your house could also be influenced by:
In our next article we delve more into planning and designing the layout of your new home. We suggest how you should begin with this important task.
Other useful articles
Designing your house for pets
Designing the best house for you and your family
The risks of designing your home yourself
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 2 - Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home'
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