5 Major Design Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Single Story Home

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There’s no doubting the fact that single story home designs are less complicated than multi-storey ones. That being said, just taking stairs out of the equation doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to end up with a an aesthetically pleasing, functional home that’s going to be a pleasure to live in.

At Future Home Living, our extensive experience has given us a great understanding of what makes for a great single storey home design. If you’re in the process of planning out your next single storey build, make sure you check out the following list of 5 major design mistakes to avoid. Making the right choices early on can save you a lot of time, money and hassle correcting them further down the line!

Not Taking Your Lifestyle  Into Account

Every family is unique, so there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to home design. Your lifestyle should be the biggest factor that influences the layout of your new home.

If you often have guests stay over, then include an appropriate amount of well-designed bedrooms and bathrooms. Nobody wants to be stuck sharing a single toilet and bathroom with six or seven other people now do they? If privacy is important to you then you also might want to include a separate ensuite in the master bedroom. If you love cooking and entertaining, make sure you include a decent sized kitchen and space for a dining table.

It’s all about creating a space that’s going to allow you to live the life you want to lead.

Putting Form Over Function

Just because a design looks great on paper, doesn’t mean that it’s going to be great to live in. For example, having a centrally located kitchen might seem like a great idea, but placing it too far from the front or side entrance means that you’ll have to carry heavy groceries a long way through the house.

To avoid issues like this, try to imagine yourself going about your daily routine and try and identify and eliminate any potential functional challenges.

Not Thinking About How You’ll Use Your Space

Functionality is great, but there’s also practicality to take into account . For example, the most functional route between the living room and the kitchen might be straight across the room. However, if this space is between the sofa and the TV it’s going to create problems (and possibly cause arguments) when people constantly get their view blocked while trying to watch their favourite programs.

Think about how each space is going to be used and plan to make them as practical as possible, especially when it comes to frequently used spaces like the master bedroom, kitchen and living room.

Not Including Enough Storage Space

Not getting the storage space right is a common and costly design mistake. No architect or designer knows what you need to store better than you do, so make sure that you’re as involved as possible in this process.

The size and type of storage needed varies greatly depending on your family size and lifestyle. Getting it right will help you avoid clutter and deliver a more organised, safer and calmer living space.

Planning As You Go

A truly excellent single storey home design requires a lot of careful, up-front planning. Getting your builder in before you know exactly what you want – or changing your design half way through construction – is a recipe for disaster.

Engaging an architect or home builder to properly design your space beforehand might cost a little more, but fail to do so and you could end up with an uncomfortable, impractical home or huge time and cost blowouts during construction (or even both!).

As you can see, there’s lots to consider if you’re going to end up with the perfect single storey home design for you, your family and your lifestyle. At Future Home Living, our talented designers can help to ensure that you avoid all of these mistakes while making the whole process simple, enjoyable and rewarding. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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