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10 Floor Plan Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

When it comes to choosing the floor plan design, it is essential to properly visualise how you plan the entire area to look and whether it accommodates your needs. There are plenty of floor plan mistakes that homeowners may make and often face the dilemma of the house not living up to their expectations after moving in. This article will cover how to avoid these mistakes and be able to live more efficiently.

1. Doesn’t Match Your Lifestyle
While going through display homes, it’s definitely worthwhile to bring everyone in the family along to gain multiple perspectives and determine preferences. This would include considering whether a single or double-storey would work and also the safety of balconies or staircases if you have younger children.

2.It Doesn’t Fit The Budget
Staged homes increase their appeal by adding fixtures and inclusions which may leave you contemplating future renovations. Floor plan mistakes that you may fall into are overspending in order to acquire luxury items rather than saving up for the long term.

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3.Forgetting The Flow Of The House
As you enter, the front door should be easily found and directly lead to some open space to allow more privacy and easy access for guests. For those opting towards an open plan living, you’ll have to remember to maintain a balance between each zone and where you’d like to place room partitions.

4.Doesn’t Allow Comfortable Living
The floor plan should provide more comfort and ease for relaxed home life. A spacious kitchen island bench, ensuite and good acoustics throughout the house can make all the difference for everyone’s convenience while enhancing the property’s overall style.

5.Room Sizes Aren’t What You Want
You can save yourself a lot of time when it comes to moving in by thoroughly examining the room sizes when choosing a floor plan. Particularly with entertaining areas and lounge rooms, you will need to have accurate dimensions for the furniture that’ll be utilised.

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6.There Isn’t Enough Storage
The last thing anyone wants is a cramped home and messy clutter being scattered everywhere which is why adequate storage should be a top priority. When looking over your floor plan, extra cupboards or closets can be a great help in maintaining a tidy place.

7.Not Taking Advantage Of The House’s Orientation
You can cut costs from the start by choosing a floor plan that makes the most of the way the property is situated. For instance, having windows that welcome more natural light can lower your energy bills and be a healthier option to artificial light.

8.Not Thinking Green
By evaluating the house’s architectural features, you’ll be able to decide what’s necessary and how the heating and cooling will be impacted. You can minimise your environmental impact and build your finances.

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9.Not Asking Questions Before Deciding
There’s a lot to take in when reviewing floor plans, which is why it is vital to ask about the symbols or jargon that you don’t understand. Before committing to a home, take the time to clarify all the details you need to be aware of.

10.Not Remembering The Bigger Picture
You have to check that the surroundings and location of the property suit the finalised floor plan especially since you’ll be staying there for years to come. Also, there might be a potential to resell the home down the track and should have a floor plan that shows off the house in the best light.

For free advice on finding a property that works best for you, get in touch with iBuildNew on 1800 184 284 or book a call at a time that suits you. 

Davina Deluao

Davina graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor of Arts. Through travelling and studying abroad in NYC and LA, her interests for property and design grew and have become her strong pursuit.


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