Design Considerations

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

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Traffic Patterns

Traffic should flow to one side of the
room rather than through its center

more traffic information:
powerpoint presentation

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Kitchen Considerations

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.

    more information on kitchen layout:
    kitchen layout mistakes

    see kitchen design basics:

    see our kitchen ideas directory:
    search for kitchen ideas

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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

    see bathroom design basics:

    see our bathroom ideas module:
    search for bathroom ideas

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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

    see our main-floor ideas module:
    search for living area ideas

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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.

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Poured concrete is the most expensive foundation and best choice for full basements because of its strength and resistance to leaks.

  • Cinder block is a substitute to concrete, but is not as strong and is subject to leakage.
  • Monolithic con create slaps are used with homes without basements bringing the cost and implementation down.

    more foundation information:
    types - pros and cons

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Plumbing - Electrical

plumbing information:
plumbing basics

Plumbing Projects:

Guides: Electrical and Lighting

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Room Dimensions

  • bedroom: not less than 7 feet in any direction
  • closets: depth at 24 inches or more
  • hallways: minimum width 3 feet
  • dining room: big enough for 8-person dining table
  • kitchen: work aisle at least 42 inches wide

    more room dimension information:
    typical room sizes (pdf)

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms to select and manage contractors:

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