Whether you live in a 1-bedroom bungalow or a 10-bedroom mansion, a home’s layout is just as important. It can mean the difference between easy and enjoyable living, and complicated and difficult living.
Firstly, let’s look at what is at stake.
Living in a home that is poorly designed can be a nightmare. Let’s say the only way into your bathroom is through the kitchen. Firstly, this means that guests will have to walk through your kitchen after showering. This isn’t half as preferable to having a bathroom upstairs, near their bedrooms. Or, even better, an ensuite, so they have total privacy. Also, you don’t want unpleasant smells drifting out of the bathroom and into the room where you are cooking food.
This is just one example of how a poorly laid-out house can be difficult to live in. It is difficult for you, your family, and your guests.
Furthermore, if you come to sell down the line, it could cause you even more problems. These issues will be picked up on by potential buyers. They could give them a reason for insisting you take a lower offer. Or, they could walk away altogether, in search of a home with a good layout.
Let’s look at this in a bit more detail.
Here are the negatives of a house with a poor layout:
- Rooms that are difficult to access for you and your family (i.e. you can only access bedroom number two if you walk through bedroom number 1.)
- A layout that makes your guest feel slightly uncomfortable (i.e. they have to walk through a communal area after having a shower)
- If you come to sell, house-buyers who don’t make offers as a result of the layout.
So, with this in mind, let’s look at two possible solutions:
- Call in the professionals!
Whether you’re looking for the best big or the best small house plans out there, do your research first. There are companies out there that make developing these their speciality.
- Knock some walls down!
As long as you leave the ones up that support the structure of your house, you can go wild! Open plan living is very in-vogue at the moment, and will be for some time yet. Open plan houses with fewer walls can mean more light and a great sense of space.
Finally, let’s look at what you will gain by doing so. These are the benefits of a well-laid out house:
- The ability to use every room and space in your house to full capacity
- A home that functions well for everyone who steps foot in it.
- More light, more air, more space!
- More appealing to potential house buyer in the future.
A good house layout means everybody wins. What are you waiting for?