How to Find the Right House with the Right Layout Design
Buy a home with a layout design that suit your needs and be comfortable
for you is important. Unfortunately, some homes simply do not have the
best layout designs. In fact, some homes have a layout design that is
actually bad. More than one homeowner; however, has found himself in the
position of owning a home with a bad layout design because they simply
didn't know how to spot it when they first toured the home before buying
it. After moving in; however, they quickly learned that the flow of the
house layout design just didn't work.
While you could certainly correct a bad layout design, this often
involves quite a bit of expense and work. It generally means moving
walls and that can result in more expense than you may be prepared to
spend. In addition, it is important to understand that in some cases,
you may not be able to move walls at all in order to correct a bad
layout design if the walls in question or load-bearing walls.
Therefore, it only makes sense to learn how to spot a bad layout design
before you make the important financial decision to purchase the house.
In fact, the floor plan may be one of the most important features to
consider in a prospective home. This is because the room layout will
ultimately affect the ways in which you use spaces in the home. If the
home is laid out well you can maximize the use of each space within the
home. On the other hand, if the home has a poor layout you may find that
many areas in the home are simply unused and wasted, even if the home is
technically large in terms of square footage.
Stairway and Hallway
One of the most common layout design problems is a stairway that faces
the front entrance. This can be a problem for a number of reasons. Some
people object to it because it's simply bad Feng Shui but in another
sense it is not practical. Along the same lines, a hallway that faces
the front entrance is also quite impractical. It does not present a
warm, welcoming appearance and the space it takes up can often be a
Buyers should also be wary of homes that have a dining room located in
the center of the home. While this type of design layout may have been
popular sometime ago once you have lived in the home for awhile, you may
quickly discover how inconvenient it can be. With this type of design
layout you may find yourself having to walk through the dining room, and
around the dining table, to get from one room to another.
You may also want to steer clear of homes that feature adjoining
bedrooms. This is a matter of convenience and privacy as well as value.
In fact, some real estate appraisers won't even count the rooms as two
bedrooms; they will be counted as one room instead and that can affect
your property value.
Bedrooms which are located just off the living spaces of a home can also
prove to be problematic. There is certainly a reduced level of privacy
in addition to the fact that noise from the living areas tends to seep
in the bedrooms. Try to avoid homes that feature a floor plan which has
been sliced up into smaller rooms.
What is good home layout design?
The best layout designs will feature a large separation between
secondary bedrooms and the master bedroom along with a central living
area where family members can congregate, such as a family dining area,
living area and kitchen. A central hallway that works as a sort of hub
for other rooms in the house is also highly desirable. Not only does the
hallway allow for excellent flow of traffic from one portion of the
house to the other but it also allows for good circulation as well. In
addition, try to look for a home that offers a good combination of
private as well as public spaces.
Other key features that are important to look for in a good design
include large windows. Homes with smaller windows tend to let in less
light not to mention are more unattractive. If you ever decide to sell
your home you could find that small windows make the process difficult.
Finally, don't forget to look for other highly desirable features in
your new home such as an attached garage that opens into the kitchen,
ample storage space, a laundry room that is conveniently located and a
bathroom on every level of the home.
Before seriously considering the purchase of any home be sure to analyze
how the home stacks up in terms of your needs and how you can use each
space within the home. A second or even third walk-through of the home
may be in order to help you determine whether the home's layout will
actually meet your personal needs.
Remember that finding your ideal home is not only a matter of finding a
house layout design that will suit your needs and provide comfortable living
space but also a matter of holding its own in terms of resale value.