Considering the optimal space allocation is essential when creating your home layout in order to take full advantage of the available space and make it more comfortable for those who will use it. There are homes with a special something to them, something we can’t put our finger on, that gives them a certain harmony and makes them more attractive, a perfect place to live in. And there are also those who look good on the outside, but there is something that breaks the balance and just won’t make us feel welcome.
If you want to learn how to design the layout and space allocation for a home, what the key to have a home that makes you feel like living in it, what the procedures and the secrets from professional architects and interior designers are, just keep reading.
When you start creating the perfect space allocation, more specifically for a home, you should take the following steps, ask yourself a few questions, and answer them in the most precise way.
What do you need?
First and foremost, we have to know what we want, or what we need.
How many rooms do you need?
Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, storage room, living room, dining room, playground, laundry and ironing room… Knowing what you need is key to begin with the layout.
Will you use a part of your home as a workspace?
Nowadays it is more and more common to work from home, whether tele-working or having your office or studio there in order to save money on rental, transportation… Or just to make your life a bit easier. If this is your case, you need the space for that.
Are you a cooking fan?
If you are, you will need a kitchen up to your standards, as you will be spending quite some time there trying recipes with your friends, your family… Just a perfect kitchen with everything you need to show off your talent, and enough space to include a dining table.
Plenty of things to store?
We keep collecting staff: clothes, books, furniture, tools… If you have a lot of everything and refuse to get rid of it, you will need storage space: wardrobes, shelves, or a room conceived just for that.
Likely to need another room in the foreseeable future?
If you have a family, it may get bigger. If your children share a room, they each will want their own when they grow up. Or perhaps you will realize you want a playground, a reading corner, a relaxation area…
If you ask yourself this questions and answer them in the most precise, honest way, considering your needs, it will be the perfect starting point for your home layout.
Create two clearly differentiated areas
Most homes usually feature two areas: one is shared, one is private. The shared area is where most family time is spent, where we welcome visitors, in other words, where we socialize. As a general rule, this includes the kitchen, dining room, living room, terrace, and perhaps a small bathroom for visitors if the house is big enough to avoid them accessing our more private areas, which include the bedrooms, bathrooms, private offices… those which, usually, only the family members can access.
By doing this, we develop shared areas for everyone to enjoy, and private areas for each family member to make use of in privacy, in their own way.
Let’s draw: lay out the plan
Grab a grid paper notebook and just try to sketch any ideas you already have in mind. For now, you can do it free hand. After all it’s just a sketch, and you can make as many as you like, modify or correct them as you go, add or remove or cross out things, etc. You might consider using coloured pencils if it feels more fun, more comfortable, as we used to did at school. It’s also more relaxing.
When you have all those sketches on paper, get them all together on a table and make a more final layout including what you like the most about all of them, in order to try get the ideal one. Once you have done this, you can another, more professional looking using rulers or, even better, your computer.
Most common mistakes
Let’s start with this thought: you are not a professional, so you better keep in mind you will make mistakes. But hey, we are, so we can let you know in advance what some of these mistakes may be, as everyone makes them.
Avoid leaving empty spaces. You should take advantage of every centimeter available -in a reasonable way- so you maximize the possibilities your home gives you, and avoid any foreseeable frustrations that may come from the lack of room.
Do not create rooms in the way to other rooms. Avoid this at all costs, as a room should never be in the middle of the way to another. When they are, they end up lacking all privacy and usability.
Which direction should doors open? This may sound like a silly thing to mention, but it’s a huge source of mistakes even for big professionals. It happens a lot that doors cannot open completely as there are obstacles in their way: furniture or even walls. Keep this in mind and consider using rolling doors.
Drainpipes. If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom remodeling this is fundamental. You should know exactly where they are located before starting any refurbishment work with the new space allocation, and consider getting a professional to help you getting them out of the way. This will save you save money and headaches in the future.
As a conclusion, if you are thinking about remodeling your home, apartment or office and make the most of every corner with a new layout, all of the previous considerations are basic factors you should bear in mind. This is the way to make sure the project will take advantage of the available space, exceed your expectations and meet all your requirements that made you decide to go for a remodeling and a new layout in the first place.
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