Hooray! You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and get the lovely Bolton builders at Wisecraft Ltd to give your home a complete overhaul. Whether you are adding a fantastic new extension or just having a good room re-shuffle, then making sure that you get the floorplan of your lovely new home just right is of paramount importance. However this can be easier said than done (especially if you’re not a professional architect!). So what are some of the considerations that you should take into account when designing a new floorplan?
Think about your lifestyle
It may be tempting to go off and look at show homes for inspiration (and this isn’t necessarily always a bad idea), however remember than when looking at a gorgeous show-property, don’t get carried away. Just because the floorplan seems lovely it doesn’t mean that it will actually work for your family. Will you really be able to fit everyone into the living room comfortably? Could you actually see your family cooking together in that size or shape of kitchen? Does a separate dining room conjure up images of candlelight dinner parties, when actually it would probably just end up as a dumping ground for all of your families junk? Be ruthless and be practical.
Consider the running costs
Creating your ideal floorplan can result in a beautiful looking home, however it is worth taking into consideration future running costs right from the start. Open plan living is all the rage right now, but it will generally cost considerably more to heat a large space than a series of smaller ones. Heating costs can also be increased through the incorporation of vaulted ceilings, skylights and other large areas of glazing. It may be worth sacrificing one or two features to ensure that you can afford to include high levels of insulation, thermal glass and other energy saving features. You may end up kicking yourself and having to make costly adjustments in the future.
Don’t assume that room sizes are adequate
It can be difficult to envisage the exact size of a room simply from a floorplan, so why not try drawing the rooms to scale and including the measurements of your current furniture. Even if you are planning on getting rid of the sofa, it will still give you a good idea of the room size. And also don’t forget that if your house is feeling too small at the moment, make sure that your floorplan includes some extra room.
For more information about achieving your perfect floorplan and to discuss through your options, contact the experts at Wisecraft Ltd Bolton Builders today.