Design Considerations

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Something to consider when designing your home remodeling plan. These simple concepts can save you regrets later on.

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Traffic Patterns

Traffic should flow to one side of the room rather than through its center. The goal is to credit the following effects:

Being Efficient:

Efficiency should be the major goal in any home remodeling design. Eliminate criss-crossing through important rooms and avoid "traffic jams" between occupants.

Creating a home that suits the family's needs also requires placing rooms in a manner that is convenient for them.

For example, locating the mudroom next to the stairway so kids can discard "school stuff" and continue up to their room without adding traffic to other areas of the home.

 

Being Convenient:

A remodeling design should also take into account convenience. Your remodeling plan will consider everything from how far guests have to travel to reach the bathroom to how much space you have to travel to bring in groceries.

 

Being Safe

Safety in remodeling design is the amount of obstructions that are in the way in the event of a home exit for fire or other emergency.

Also, your plan should avoid sharp objects where children play or where food preparers cook. Safer traffic patterns are part of a good remodeling plan that anticipates potential hazards.

 

Some supporting information:

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  about traffic patterns in home design
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understanding traffic patters

 

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Planning Living Areas

For the Kitchen

Location of the kitchen should have direct access to the dining area and garage where grocery items can be unloaded conveniently

  • Traffic should not flow through the kitchen working area.
  • Larger kitchens have a greater resale value than smaller kitchens — you will want to design the working area with appliances in a triangular position for easy working.
Kitchen Layout (from google images)
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Living Areas:

Living areas include the dining room, living/family room, and den.

  • Designs may vary with rooms segmented by walls or merged into a larger, multi-purpose room with boundaries such as pillars segmenting one room from the other.
  • The latest design styles is the open-room feels with minimal walls. But new designs are adding some boundaries in the open rooms to provide privacy.

    You can accomplish this by using interior French doors with side windows.

 

About Private Areas:

Bedrooms and bathrooms should be separated visually from the working areas of the house.

  • You should have at least one bathroom near working and relaxation areas and with easy access from the outside.
  • Never situate bathrooms where you must pass through one room to get to the facilities.
  • It is almost a necessity (particularly in a resale) that the master bedroom has an attached master bathroom
  • The master bathroom should be large, with full size bath, shower, his/her vanity sinks and exhaust vans that vent to the outside

 

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Energy Efficiency

There are some energy efficient products on the market that can reduce your energy costs and keep you more comfortable.

 

Also note that building codes specify how each project should be completed

Local inspectors will ensure that the construction meets code. It will be helpful to understand these codes when assembling your specs.

 

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