How should I design the floor plan of a single-family home?

The design of the floor plan plays a major role when it comes to living in the later family home. In this article you will learn how to create a successful floor plan, what criteria are important and why flexibility is so important.

How much space should a single-family home offer?

The first question, before designing the layout itself, should be: How much space should I plan? This question sounds easier than it is: While a floor plan that is too big is a waste of money, a too small family home will cause problems later in life. The average living space of a detached house is about 100 - 140 square meters, depending on your personal situation.

It always helps to compare your current housing situation: where do I need more space? Where is too much unnecessary space? With questions like these and a well-organized checklist, you can make the space requirement easier to understand.

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Save on traffic areas

All rooms that are not real rooms, such as corridors or floorboards, are referred to as traffic areas. And here lies an important "savings potential" in the layout of your single-family home: save on the traffic areas where it is possible to make the living spaces as generous as possible.

A good floor plan not only offers enough space at the relevant places, but also sufficient retreat for all residents. Especially after a hard day of work or school it is important to have some peace and quiet. Speaking of school: The nursery should be under no circumstances too narrow, since you are next to sleep and lounge. Recommended here are at least 16, better 20 square meters.

Open or closed living?

A fundamental decision in floor plan planning is the question of the living concept: separate rooms or an open design? If several rooms merge, this not only means a larger space, but also better lighting conditions.

A disadvantage of the open floor plan is certainly in the sound insulation: Where there are no walls, various sounds can spread unhindered. If the kitchen is not separated, the odors in the living area permanently cause a disturbing factor.

Design flexibly

Due to the high useful life of a house, it is important to make the layout flexible. These include as few static walls as possible; simple walls for separation can be removed or redesigned in case of doubt. As a result, your single-family house will gain in adaptability and any reallocations, whether you or a resident are easily possible.

Tips & Tricks

Take a look at different model houses in prefabricated or solid house companies to see different types of floor plan. So you get a realistic idea and can experience the respective advantages and disadvantages yourself.

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