When you’re designing the plans for your dream home, you’ll want to put together a house that fits your unique aesthetic. You’ll also want your home to be functional, with furniture and features that look beautiful but are also comfortable, putting you at ease. It can be tricky to find this equilibrium between beauty and functionality. You don’t want a home that looks beautiful but does not have the amenities you need for day-to-day life. You also don’t want a house that doesn’t feel like home to you because it lack a personal touch.
As you’re creating your house plan, you’ll want to ensure that you’re keeping this balance of beauty and functionality in mind. Whether you’re remodeling your house or building a house from scratch, these tips will help you create a perfectly balanced home with your home designer that will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated every time you walk in.
Create a House Plan that Flows
When designers create house plans, they always make sure that the house flows. This means that the house is laid out in a way that rooms that serve similar purposes are next to each other. For instance, the kitchen should be near the dining room.
Designers also make sure that they’re using pass-through rooms wisely. These are rooms that do not have privacy because they connect one room to another. Typically, living rooms and family room work well as pass-through rooms, while bedrooms do not.
Having a house plan that flows is important to the functionality of the house, but it also contributes to the house’s beauty. It will be easier to design your rooms if rooms that serve similar functions are next to each other. For example, if you decide to use a similar style for your kitchen table and dining room table, the design will work much better if these two rooms flow into each other. Having these two rooms next to each other will create a seamless design that looks gorgeous.
Start with the Necessities
When you first begin your house plan with your home designer, start by considering the basic elements that every house needs. Decide where you’re going to put your appliances in the kitchen. Choose the spot where you’ll place the couch and coffee table in your family room. Add your bed and dresser into your bedroom. Pick the place where you’ll put a desk in your office.
Once you’ve decided where to place these necessities, you’ll then be able to play around with the items that are more for aesthetic purposes. With the basics out of the way, you’ll have the freedom to decide where the items that bring beauty to your house will go.
Visualize Life in Your New Home
As you’re designing your rooms, imagine yourself standing and truly living in each room. Think about what you’ll be looking at from each piece of furniture. Do you want to be able to see the view out the window from your couch, or from your desk? Also, keep practical matters in mind. If you’re going to be working on your computer, you won’t want your monitor to face the window because it will get a glare. Picturing yourself in your rooms will help you create a layout that mixes practicality with beauty.
Lay Out Your Furniture in the House Plan
When you’re crafting your house plan with your designer, you can choose to add furniture arrangements into your plan. During this time, you can work with your designer to decide how you want your rooms to be laid out. You’ll also be able to look at the big picture of how all your rooms work together. This will help you create a cohesive design where the rooms complement each other. If, say, you want your living room to have a minimalistic feel, you could add more furniture to your family room. That way, you’ll still have plenty of seating when your guests are over, and your living room will look exactly like you want it to.
Decide on Furniture Sizes
While you don’t have to pick your exact furniture yet, having an idea of the furniture you want to use in your house will help guide the recommendations from your designer when creating your house plan. You’ll be able to get a sense of how big each room will need to be to fit your preferred furniture. For example, if you know that you want to have an island in the center of your kitchen, you can add that into your house plan. Then, you’ll be able to see if having the island means that you need to enlarge your kitchen.
Start looking around at different furniture shops to get an idea of the style and type of furniture that fits into your ideal home. Then, you can add these items’ approximate measurements into your house plan.
Add in the Small Details
The small details are what will set your house apart. You can add notes about where you’re going to place these small items in your house plan. For example, if you know that you’re going to use plants to add brightness to your rooms, you can make a note of where the plants will fit into each room. An artful designer with a strong eye for interior design is of particular benefit here.
It’s also a good idea to place small, decorative items next to furniture and appliances that are more functional than beautiful. As you’re working on your house plan, begin thinking about what decorative items you can place next to your appliances and furniture to create beauty in the room.
Work with a Home Designer who Understands your Vision
Before you and your designer begin creating your beautiful new home, you’ll need a house plan that offers a wonderful mixture of the functionality necessary for daily life and the beauty that truly make your house into a home. If you’re looking for a designer who will help you realize your vision at its most intimate, detailed level, Koncept Design+Build can help! We’ll use our experience and unique eye for the aesthetic to help you craft a customized home that perfectly fits your unique style. When you’re ready to begin planning your house, give us a call or contact us through our online form.