5. Under-utilized rooms
A lot of us have a dream to build some rooms that are specially designed for fun or relaxation or both, like a game room, steam room etc. But be careful only build such a room if you’re absolutely sure that you’re going to use it and if there is already place for all the important ones. We have all seen the home fitness that acts as nothing more than a clothes hanger. If you plan on adding a spare room, make sure that it is a room that can be easily used for multiple purposes. A gym or a game room may never get used, but a game room or office that also has the possibility to be used as a guest room could indeed be a nice addition to your home.
6. Placement of the laundry room
Here it is really up to you – some like it to be close to the bedroom and some like it down in the basement. Our own opinion is the closer the better, but once you figure that out for yourself take one of both ways. Just be sure you know what will suit you best because having to find a new place for the washing machine is really something you don’t want to think about once everything is put in place.
7. Placement of the bedroom
When it comes to the bedroom one thing is as important as it gets – peace and quiet. Try to place your bedroom as far away as possible – would it be the sound of the motorway or the busy kitchen. It would be advisable to keep the master bedroom away from the central living areas as well. If your home is to be on one level, the master bedroom should ideally be at the far end of the house, the end furthest away from the garage. The master bedroom, ideally, should not share a wall with the central living area.
8. Placement of the kitchen.
When it comes to kitchen placement there are several things that need to be considered – how close it is to the entrance of the home, does it have a window for ventilation and how close it is to the dining area? In pretty much all the cases the answer to those questions are – as close as possible to the entrance so you shouldn’t have to carry the groceries through the entire house, a big enough window for proper ventilation and as close as possible to the dining area for pretty much the same reason, you wouldn’t want to go through the entire house with a boiling soup.
9. Placement of the garage
It is preferable to the garage on the main level, with an entrance via the kitchen or another high traffic area. You wouldn’t want to go through the entire house with the groceries, and sometimes with the shoes, just to get to the kitchen. Ideally the garage should be at the front corner of your home next to the kitchen and the entrance and as far away as possible from the bedroom. Keep in mind that the garage is often a multipurpose place that can be used for a lot more things than just a car parking.
10. Letting someone tell you what YOU need!
There’s no one that knows you better than yourself and your family so for every bit of detail that you hesitate just stop for a while, gather the family and ask them about it – you will figure out the answer at the end. Professionals are good at making suggestions but they cannot tell you what your specific needs are. You and only you know what is best for you and your family. So don’t be fooled by an advice that seems good at the moment but will leave you with regrets in the future.