By Emilienne Magali. Floor Plan. Published at Monday, April 16th, 2018 - 21:33:33 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.
This tall and narrow variation on a modern farmhouse/cottage is perfect for a lakeshore or view lot. All of the rooms and windows are oriented to the view side and the home opens up on that side to a large, on-grade masonry patio through a number of paired french doors. The one-ro0om-wide design allows views in both directions and flow through ventilation that can minimize the need for air conditioning. The iconographic shape fits with almost any context, while the modern details and interior spaces keep the interior open, light and airy. The house comes with plans for a detached unheated studio/boathouse/bunkhouse that completes your vacation compound .
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.
Window seats, banquettes, stairways that include room for storage or display, and built-in desks are some of the built-in features that can make smaller spaces feel larger, as in a guest bedroom.
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