If you have finally reached a point in your life that you can afford to have a home built that is tailored to your desires and needs, you may be ready to jump right in and start designing the floor plan. However, while you are coming up with the design plan, make sure you avoid the following mistakes that may lead to regrets later.
1. Neglecting to Plan for Natural Lighting
When coming up with the designs for your new home, you may already be thinking about what light fixtures you wish to use in each room. However, while you are creating the floor plan, do not neglect to take into account the natural light that will surround your new home.
For example, if your house will be in a sunny area, you may want to think about installing skylights in the ceiling of the kitchen to give you more light while you are working. Or, if you wish to have a sunroom with large windows, remember to place it where the sun will stream in during the afternoon and early evening hours.
On the other hand, you should also plan certain rooms so that the sun does not shine into them when you do not want it. For example, if you plan on having large windows in your bedroom, you may not want to have it facing due east so that the sun wakes you up before you want to.
2. Placing Noisy Rooms Next to Sleeping Areas
Another consideration while planning the location of your rooms that you need to think about is the noise levels in certain areas of your home. If you make the mistake of putting your bedroom next to a room that will constantly be used, you may find it hard to get a quiet, restful night's sleep.
For example, at first glance, it may make sense to put the master and secondary bedrooms on the same side of the house with a laundry room in between for convenience. However, if you plan the rooms like this, you may end up listening to the washer and dryer running in the morning or evening while you are trying to go to sleep.
While designing the floor plan of your dream home, it is important to consider each space's use carefully. If you are having problems putting together the overall design so you can fit in everything you want, speak with a contractor who offers custom home building services for guidance.