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Mistakes to avoid when choosing a floor plan design.

Jul 12th 2015 at 9:24 PM

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There are situations where homeowners choose a floor plan that they think will work for them and then when they move in to the house with their families, they realise it’s absolutely impractical for their lifestyle. When choosing a floor design plan with your architect, you have to avoid making certain common mistakes that could cause you to regret your choice. First of all, you should not act on the assumption that you can adapt any floor plan to your lifestyle. Whereas all plans are suited for different people, not all are suited for you. For instance, if you have a bad back, you should probably avoid a plan with too many levels or one that cannot fit an elevator. Family time is another lifestyle factor to consider when deciding on a floor plan. Don’t choose a plan unless you can picture how your family fits into it.

The second mistake you could make is to choose a floor plan based on the upgrades you see in the home model. A model home is an effective way of showing you how your home will look when it’s complete. However most of the time home models come staged with furniture and other décor fittings and this could distract you and make you focus on the décor as opposed to the floor plan. If you are viewing a model home, try to imagine the home without all the upgrades and focus on the flow. Viewing a model home as though it were empty will also help you to visualise how your furniture and other belongings will fit it. Before you visit the model home, measure all your furniture pieces and take photos of your home with your furniture in it. Having this information on hand will help you to decide more objectively on the most suitable modern home designs.

Thirdly, it is a grave error not to double check what you don’t understand. Architectural drawings are technical documents. Therefore, it will not come naturally to you to understand all the details on the drawings. The best thing you could do for yourself is to ask the architect to explain to you the plans in the simplest language possible. If you don’t ask, you could possibly end up with a house you don’t like. Lastly, it’s a mistake to focus on aesthetics only and forget costs. Certain features might be very beautiful to have in a home, however, they could cost you a lot of money to maintain. Details such as skylights or large windows could mean too much heat loss or heat gain and thereby tremendously increase your budget for cooling and heating your home. Once you eliminate these mistakes, you will make the right decision whether you are building a whole house or just adding in extra rooms. If in doubt, contact specialists for home extensions Brisbane to aid you in making the right decision.

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