What makes a great floor plan?

1 December 2017

The floor plan you choose can literally make or break your new home. Spatial relationships are extremely important when deciding on a workable floor plan. You should look for consistency, uniformity and proportion, with a comfortable flow from one space to another. You also need to think about the way you live, and make sure the floor plan you choose is right for you and your family.

Here are some important points to consider when selecting a floor plan for your new home, that can help maximise flow and functionality.

Go with the flow

Creating a seamless flow between spaces is vital. Although open plan living is now extremely popular, it’s still easy to get it wrong. Allowing enough space for living, dining and entertaining areas is important, but it’s also crucial to allow enough space between these areas. The flow can easily be interrupted by too little or too much space between these areas. As a rule of thumb, you should allow about one metre separating different living zones in open plan living areas, so you can comfortably move around and don’t feel closed in.

Make sure you ‘walk through’ the plan from the entry to the kitchen and through to the bedrooms. Imagine opening all the doors on the plan. Is there a natural, efficient flow? Does the kitchen connect well to the living areas, where you will probably spend most of your time?

Be practical

Although aesthetics are important, how practical is your floor plan? Follow the route from the garage to the kitchen. Bringing in bags of groceries from the car should be as convenient and easy as possible. Is there enough storage? Are the wardrobes, cupboards and pantry large enough and in the right position? Storage areas should also suit the type of items being stored. For example, a linen cupboard is designed differently to a pantry.

Size does matter

Is each space designed well for its function, and are the rooms big enough? Measure the width, length and height of rooms you’re living in now (or of rooms you like the size of), and compare them to the room dimensions on the floor plan. Make sure patios and outdoor areas are spacious enough for sitting, dining and/or entertaining. Size can be deceiving on a plan, and you don’t want to be disappointed once you see the actual size of your rooms.

Separate different zones

Separating different living zones is really important. A well laid-out floor plan will have clear separations between bedrooms, living areas and the kitchen. Bathrooms should be easily accessible from both the living rooms and bedrooms. Avoid bedrooms opening on to the lounge room – this creates drama when someone wants to sleep, while others want to party!

High ceilings make a space feel larger

Ceiling height can influence the sense of space and size in a home enormously. Most home builders offer different ceiling heights. Standard ceiling height is generally 2400mm, but most builders also offer 2550mm and 2700mm at an additional cost. You’d be amazed just how much larger your home will feel with higher ceilings. Check out some display homes to experience different ceiling heights for yourself, as this isn’t something you can get a feel for by simply looking at a floor plan.

Are you considering double-storey?

If you’re thinking of building a two-storey home, you definitely need to consider the practicality of the floor plan. A bathroom on both levels is a must – even if it’s a simple powder room on the living level. Consider your stage of life too. A two level house may be perfect if you’re a semi-retired downsizer, but you may not want to be climbing stairs in five to ten years’ time – so you might like to think about including a bedroom on the ground level.

Make an entrance

The entrance sets the tone for the rest of your home. Ideally, you don’t want to walk straight into the living room from outside. There should be some separation between the entrance and the rest of the home. A good floor plan has a designated entryway, hallway or foyer to welcome guests into your home.

Hallmark Homes have a floor plan to suit you

With over 35 years experience building family homes, Hallmark offer a fantastic selection of floor plans for you to choose from. We know how to create a home design that flows well, maximises space and meets your practical requirements.

If you’re thinking of building a new home in South East Queensland, the team at Hallmark Homes is ready to help. Come and check them out for yourself at one of our display centres. If you have any questions about our home designs or house and land packages, please contact us today.

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