By . Floor Plan. Published at Saturday, March 17th, 2018 - 07:48:55 AM.
Design drawings typically only include individual room dimensions and occasionally measurements for the length and width of the whole house. Architects may include furniture to help you imagine how a space might be furnished. The experience of the plan is enriched by imagining yourself in the house, lying in bed and looking out your new french doors or sitting on a comfortable sofa sharing a drink with friends. Picturing yourself in the plan makes evaluating a design less abstract and can help you avoid creating rooms and spaces that do not work. Be careful to ensure that any existing furniture that you plan to re-use has similar dimensions to the models in the design. The success of a room can be determined by just a few inches.
Many of us dream of building a new home or changing an existing house to make it truly “ours.” With a bit of practice the secret language of architectural plans will become clear and the surprises that sometimes come from misunderstanding plans will be replaced by the joy of seeing a personal, imagined experience become real. When reviewing prospective contractors' reference projects, ask if you can review the plans and see how the space compares. Carry a tape measure and note the dimensions of rooms that “work” and those that feel wrong. Pay attention to the placement of windows for light and views. It is fun and a with a little practice you will be able to “read” a floor plan like a pro.
The family usually enters the house through or near the garage, so why not include a "drop-zone" for weather gear and a recharging station for cell phones as part of a mud room. It could also include space for the washer and dryer.
This one-story, two bedroom home was originally designed for a walkout lot, so it included a plan for a finishes basement that has 2 additional bedrooms, a full bath and a large family room. The vaulted ceilings throughout the main body of the house make it feel larger than its compact footprint. Even though small, the home still features a generous mud room off the kitchen and a main level laundry which can also be built as an office/crib room off of the master bedroom when the laundry is located in the mud room. A row of transom lights at the high point of the roof bring in daylight that filters through to the bedroom via a translucent plastic transom at the tall side of the bedroom walls.
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