By Daphne Nathanael. Floor Plan. Published at Friday, April 20th, 2018 - 12:58:09 PM.
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.
In this layout the traffic flow is circular, from the front door through the living room to the dining room to the breakfast area and family room and then back to the foyer. The kitchen connects to the garage through the utility/laundry.
From the front door go to the kitchen, living room or great room and then to the bedrooms. Imagine opening all the doors on the plan. Is there a graceful easy, and efficient flow between rooms and spaces? Below is a good example -- the circulation has no dead-end spaces. Furniture on the plan helps give scale to each space. Amenities are important but if the traffic flow is awkward the house will not live comfortably. Think about how the kitchen connects to the dining room or family room, where most people live.
3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath modern home with a dramatic 2-story living room with giant corner windows. It includes a 3 car attached garage and is planned for a finished basement with an additional bedroom, bathroom, large recreation room and wine cellar. This home has a very open floor plan with both the dining room and kitchen opening into the dramatic 2 story living room space. Big windows and patio doors allow great access to decks and yard. The plan includes a main level flexible room that has a separate entry and a tall ceiling, so it can be used as a studio, bedroom or office.
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