If you’re lucky enough to be starting the process of building your dream home from scratch, there are a huge array of decisions to be thought over, especially during the planning phases. From the moment you sit down with your architect and design team, it’s important to have in mind exactly the style of house you are building, and any key objectives that you want to get out of this process.
Lifestyle is the single biggest factor that will influence the layout of your new home and mismatching your floor plan with your lifestyle would be a big mistake. If you are particularly family orientated, and have a large group of friends, or if you are simply planning on building this home with the end result being that of a holiday home, you may want to think carefully about how the development and layout of the property could affect entertaining experience. Space is key when hosting others within your home, but if the space isn’t extensive, it’s even more important to ensure that you are making the most of the dimensions you have. To ensure your layout functions well, take time when creating your floor plans, and take into consideration who will be staying where, and who will need access to certain amenities.
For convenience, the positioning of bathrooms is one of the up most important factors. It simply wouldn’t make sense for the guest bathroom and guest bedroom to be in complete opposite ends of a corridor, or even worse, on different floors.
An open plan kitchen diner is something that should definitely be considered, as open plan often invites a more welcoming atmosphere, perfect for shared space. Open planned areas offer an opportunity to support interaction between the two rooms, which in the busy world that we live in, is particularly important. This means that friends and family have the chance to share more time with loved ones through experiences such as cooking.
Planning your outdoor space is just as important as planning indoor space, thanks to the prevalence of outdoor entertaining, particularly in the warmer months of the year. In your plans, it’s advisable to ensure that you have a fantastically landscaped area, with easy access to the garden in mind. It’s no use having to go through a utility room or spare area to access the outdoor space, so ensuring direct access through the kitchen and living areas should be at the forefront of your plans. Creating an outdoor area is great for entertaining, with outdoor bbq and seating spaces proving particularly popular at current. When creating your plans, inspiration is your friend. Look to holiday and letting properties with fabulous outdoor-indoor living spaces, such as Lake District cottages from Lakelovers, for ideas on how best to utilise the area. These spaces are generally created with guests in mind, so it’s a great place to start when looking for ideas and advice.
If you’re planning to build your home specifically with future guests in mind, you may want to think about creating additional areas to enjoy spending time together. Cinema rooms, games rooms and bars are all great spaces to invite conversation in social gatherings. While some home designers may have space to create each or all of the above within the home itself, you may need to get a little more creative. If you have a basement, this is a great space for a cinema room thanks to the fact that no windows are required. There’s also the option to have a purpose built, outdoor bar, or convert garage space if necessary.
Building a home with future guests in mind can be a trying and testing project, but the end result is a fabulous home full of sharing spaces, to enjoy as a family.