Home Style

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Spec Plan-A decides the architectural style of the home remodeling project. You need to define layout, number of rooms, sq. footage per room, and other architectural considerations.

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spec planning: home style

Start Your Spec Planning

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Step 1: start your spec planning by defining your style

  • first, download our home remodeling specification sheet

    FREE home style spec plan

    use it to define your remodeling specs and building ideas as your move through this site. The spec sheet will be used by your contractor to bid and design the remodeling project

  • the remodeling specification sheet begins by noting the type and style of your home:

    — colonial
    — english tudor
    — cape cod, etc.

    link to our home styles for ideas

  • your style will define the number of floors:

    — one-story
    — two-story, etc.

    review house plans for ideas

  • will there be a basement?
    what are the ceiling heights on each floor?

  • what type of closets for the bedrooms and other:
    — walk-in
    — standard
    — other

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spec planning: home style

Identify Rooms

Step 2: identify your rooms

  • depending on the number of floors, your next task is to identify the rooms that will make-up each floor

  • you will have a kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, master bathroom, laundry room, etc.

    perhaps your would like to add a breakfast nook, sun room, rec room, etc.

    view some house plans for ideas:
    review house plans for ideas

    or quickly link to our Home Improvement Gallery for a view of a floor layout. Link to "upstairs", "main floor", and other for a review
    home improvement gallery

  • use the remodeling specification sheet (page 3) to list your rooms by floor

    note any finished our unfinished room additions for the attic and basement areas
    FREE home style spec plan

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spec planning: home style

Arrange Rooms

Step 3: arrange your rooms

  • how would your like to arrange your rooms?

    the remodeling specification sheet (page 4) has a worksheet to complete this exercise
    FREE home style spec plan

  • the idea is to identify your primary adjacencies — rooms that must be adjacent:

    • master bedroom / master bathroom
    • kitchen and dining room
    • mud room, garage or outside entry
    • etc.

  • identify those rooms that should not be adjacent:

    • master bedroom and child's room
    • kitchen and den / library
    • bathroom and foyer

  • that leads to secondary adjacencies that basically connect the whole floor:

    • living room and dining room
    • master bathroom and laundry room
    • kitchen and sun room

    link to our tool set for an online illustration

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spec planning: home style

Size Rooms

Step 4: arrange your rooms

  • how would your like to arrange your rooms?
    the remodeling specification sheet (page 4) has a worksheet to complete this exercise
    FREE home style spec plan

  • the idea is to identify your primary adjacencies — rooms that must be adjacent:

    • master bedroom / master bathroom
    • kitchen and dining room
    • mud room, garage or outside entry
    • etc.

  • identify those rooms that should not be adjacent:

    • master bedroom and child's room
    • kitchen and den / library
    • bathroom and foyer

  • that leads to secondary adjacencies that basically connect the whole floor:

    • living room and dining room
    • master bathroom and laundry room
    • kitchen and sun room

    link to our tool set for an online illustration

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms for making remodeling decisions:

home improvement guide
home remodeling checklist
remodeling specification sheet
contractor evaluation form