By Rebecca Bruce on August 10 2018 04:49:51
Building a new home or renovating your current one is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. With so much money on the line, you should take the necessary steps to come up with the perfect house plans. Indeed, it should fit into your current lifestyle, but don’t forget about the future. Designing for your future needs does require a little more effort, but with some forethought, you can ensure that the design not only reflect your existing requirements but also accommodate potential future changes, such as starting a family in a few years’ time.
Think about the time you presently spend in certain rooms in your home, and why. Some families like to make the kitchen the focal point for daily family gatherings and would require a large sunny eat-in kitchen with lots of space; others prefer a den or family room with lots of room for large sofas and a fireplace.
Measure your current furniture to determine if there will be adequate walking space of at least 36 inches around furniture and clearance for doors to swing. Will the height of your furniture block windows? Does it provide enough wall space, nooks and areas for art and personal effects? Review the natural â€œtraffic flowâ€ of the house plan, the interior views from each room of the home as well as how natural lighting can be shared and utilized within the home.
It is also important to understand that the total square footage of your new home refers to the finished portion of your house plan. Finished living areas are generally described as covered with sheetrock and wallpaper or paint. A heated area is also a good indicator of finished space. Areas like garages, porches and attics are considered unfinished and are not calculated in the total square footage of your home plan.
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