One of the main reasons many homeowners choose to build their own homes is to design a place that’s just right for them. When it comes to designing the floor plan of your dream home, there are many factors that one should consider. It is probably one of the most important choices you will make in the building and design process. To help clarify your vision, ask yourself these three key floor plan questions.
Question 1: What is currently missing in your home?
It is important to ask yourself what you think is currently missing in your home. Identifying what you think is missing is key when working with a house designer. Is it simply the lack of space? The current interior style doesn’t suit you. Or, is it that you want a floorplan that can accurately reflect your family and their needs. Understanding what you’re missing is a good starting point when you meet with your Wellington architect for the first time.
Question 2: What will life look like in the next 5 to 10 years?
Although it can be hard to imagine what life will look like in the next five to ten years, it is important to consider key life events that can affect your future living situation.
- Are you a young couple planning on having kids in the near future?
- Do you have ageing parents that you may need to take care of?
- Will you be caring for pets?
- Do you or anyone in your family have medical conditions or disabilities?
Knowing the answers to such questions can help your house designer and architect plan for both the present and the future. If you intend to stay in your new Wellington home for a good period of time, your house designer will want to future proof your floor plans so you have little issues in the years to come. Ensure you discuss any future plans that you are aware of with your house designers.
Question 3: Single story or multi-leveled?
Your Wellington floor plan will depend on the type of home you intend to build. In a single-story flat home, communal rooms such as the kitchen, dining, and living room are typically situated in the center of the home, with the bedrooms located on the wings of the floor plan. In a multi-story home, bedrooms and private living can be placed on the first or second level, meaning separation from the ground communal areas. Depending on your house plans, your Wellington house designer and draughtsmen can give you a number of floor plan options that strike the correct balance between privacy and communal family areas.
Have a specific floor plan in mind that suits your needs? No problem. Get in touch with our professional Wellington architects to discuss your project today.