By Constantin Cornelie. Floor Plan. Published at Thursday, March 08th, 2018 - 05:24:55 AM.
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.
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.
A good floor plan makes the traffic flow between the major living areas easy and graceful, without creating bottlenecks or dead-end spaces that might trap guests at a party, or make it difficult to get from one part of the house to another. Here are examples of floor plans with flexible circulation.
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