Five tips for hobbyists in designing floor plans

Drafting a floor plan comes with a lot of technical elements. An architect considers the size and shape of the house relative to the foundation and location. Designers also worry about the weather and surroundings on top of aesthetics to make sure that the house lasts. Even if you don’t have their expertise, you can still draft your dream house even as a hobby. Here are some tips that can help you get started.

Design the rooms first 

You should first make a list of rooms that you want your house to have. How many bedrooms and restrooms should it have? Do you want to have a private office or study room? Will there be a patio? Should you put the kitchen and the dining table in the same room to save space or separate them? After you have decided on what rooms to have, you should then list the types of appliances that you want to put in each of them.

Think about space and scale

In reality, the amount of items that you can put in the room is limited by space. If you are just dreaming, then Pointe Des Chatels suggests doing the opposite. First, determine the types of items you want in a room then scale the room down until items are close together at a sensible distance. Just make sure that there is ample space that is comfortable for you to move around. 

You should also leave enough space by the wall for a doorway.

Connect the rooms using halls or a common room

No rooms should be connected by a doorway. Instead, the doors should lead towards the halls or a common room that leads to the main entrance(s) of the house. You can arrange these halls in a flow that leads from one type of room to another. It’s often advised to keep all bedrooms together but you may separate them on different sides of a common room. 

Turn common rooms into functional ones

Instead of leaving the common rooms as just empty passages, you can turn them into functional rooms. Living rooms are the most popular examples of this or it can just be lounges. Dining rooms are best kept in a private space but you may place it in a common room between other facilities if you are designing a small house. You may also keep the kitchen open together with the dining table if you really wish to conserve space. These types of rooms are also great passages leading towards the backdoor.

Consider designing for a tiny room first

Designing a multi-room house is dreamy but daunting for all beginners. You will always worry about the exterior looking weird or that the interiors are not as comfortable as you initially imagined. Pointe Des Chatels suggests limiting yourself to a standard studio-type apartment and filling it with all of the essentials such as bed, kitchen, and cabinets. A dining table can be small and for two people only or you could make a desk work for multiple uses. It helps you develop a mind to focus on function over fashion. 

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