By Meg Escott
This Home Design Floor Plans page deals with each type of room at a high level. A home design checklist which goes through each room of a floor plan is waiting for you over on the Facebook page.
For a really in depth look at design for each room, check out the room by room section.
Be sure to take a look at how floor plans for a house work with the outdoor surroundings and how to look at home floor plan designs from a general layout perspective.
So, on to the room by room walk-through. Take a look at the floor plan below. The grey boxes on the page are my review of this floor plan. This floor plan is small and simple but you'll see the principles of the exercise at work.
Find the entrances on the floor plan. Sometimes it’s not all that obvious because there isn’t a label or it might be labelled ‘foyer’ or ‘vestibule’. Just have a look for doors in the outside walls and coming in from the garage. Imagine coming into the home from each entrance and check for closet space or the flow into the mud room. Is it important to you that one of the entrances is located next to the laundry?
It's important for home design floor plans to have the kitchen layout marked on the plan. Do you like the way the kitchen and the appliances are organized? If you’re in love with kitchen islands is it there on the plan?
Check that the dining areas on the home design floor plan are sensibly placed in relation to the
kitchen. Think about the view of the kitchen from the dining areas. Make sure the table has a dedicated space, that doesn't conflict with circulation, and with enough clearance to come and go from the table.
First of all find the main living spaces on the home design floor plan and check that they connect with other spaces (eg kitchen and dining) in a way that works for you. Have a think about how formal and informal spaces might be used if there are several living areas. Does the furniture fit sensibly in the rooms? Think about the views from one space to the other and whether or not you want the areas separated by walls and/or doors. Think about the connection to outside in terms of views, sunlight and moving through to an outdoor space. Check that guests will be able to make their way from the entrance into the entertaining areas in a pleasant way.
Make sure the bedrooms are situated in a more private part of the home design floor plan. In the master suite, check that the bedroom, closet and master bath are in a sequence that works and that the location within the home means it will be a relaxing space to retreat to. Make sure other bedrooms in the house are grouped together and have access to a bathroom. Have a think where the bed and bedside lockers will fit.
Have a look where the bathrooms are. They should be in a private area of the home design floor plan, close to the bedrooms. In smaller homes one of the bathrooms may be used as the guest bath or powder room, in which case there is a fine line to tread between privacy and accessibility.
Check that the bathrooms have a good layout and have adequate storage.
Sometimes, in larger homes, each bedroom has a bathroom. If this is the case make sure that space in the bedrooms or the bathrooms hasn't been compromised just for the sake of having all bedrooms en-suite. It makes sense in the master suite but for the other bedrooms sometimes a larger bathroom, or a separate bathroom and wc work better in the space.
Have a think about whether the office is a family space or more of an adult space. See if it is in a sensible spot and imagine what the light will be like and what the noise levels in the surrounding spaces on the home design floor plan will be. Where will you put the desk?
Have a look where the laundry is on the home design floor plan – sometimes it’s next to the kitchen or the second entrance – sometimes it’s upstairs – sometimes it’s in the basement. You don’t want visitors walking in on your laundry so make sure it’s in a private area of the home. Where will the washer and dryer go? The second thing you don’t want is people falling over the person dealing with the laundry so make sure there’s space in front of the machines to work without disrupting circulation. Lastly think about the noise. Taking all that into account is the laundry in a sensible spot for you?
Last but not least - outdoor living is also worth looking at on home design floor plans. Check that the porch or deck is in a good position for sun or shade. Think about the best place for the BBQ and a table and chairs. If there is a garden check that there is good access to and from the garden and a window that looks out onto it.
Figure out where you will park your cars. Many houses have a garage but think about how often you are likely to actually use it. Check that the dimensions of the garage or parking space allow for the doors of the car to be opened easily. When you go out for groceries think about what route from the car to the kitchen will you take.
I hope you've found this home design floor plans room by room walk-through useful. Why not try something similar on your own floor plan. You can get a free floor plan checklist to help you with this if you go over to the Facebook page, like it then click on the free floor plan checklist tab just under the header.
Here's some more pages on floor plan analysis.
The floor plan symbols page may also be helpful.