By Daphne Nathanael. Floor Plan. Published at Sunday, March 25th, 2018 - 21:03:48 PM.
This home has a gracious, open plan with a large, two story living area that opens up completely to the outside with a massive folding door to the covered porch and screened porch. It is perfect for entertaining and with large expanses of glass in the bedroom and living room areas, it would work well on a lake, ocean or view lot. The plan features a main level master suite, large dining room and a loft office/guest suite with its own bathroom.
Size, width and furniture placement are not the only variables impacting a room’s success. Volume can be just as important. Until recently, most homes were built with 8’ tall ceilings but taller ceilings are growing in popularity. By combining “open plans” where rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next with higher ceilings, smaller plans can be made to feel surprisingly comfortable. Conversely, a large room with a low ceiling will feel cramped despite the ample square footage. Another strategy used to make smaller rooms feel bigger is to include more and larger windows. Consider the placement of windows for view, balanced light, and heat and make sure you understand the size and type of windows proposed.
Follow the path from garage to kitchen. Often you’ll pass a utility area, mud room, or laundry. This is the way most people enter a house; circulation should be clear and easy without tight corners so coming in with groceries or other items is as convenient as possible.
Is it wide enough to really use? You need at least a six foot depth for sitting and 8 feet is preferable. For outdoor dining you need even more. Rustic farmhouse plan, includes a useful front veranda and a “Grilling Porch” at the rear off the kitchen. A well designed porch helps a house expand in good weather.
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