Space Planning: Making the Most of Your Square Feet
Steve DoneganPublished April 05, 2007
One of the most impressive aspects of home design is space planning. The space itself is much more important than the size of the area. In other words, if the space is planned and designed well, then you don’t need it to be so big. Narrow lot design is perhaps one of the most challenging for space planners.
This home design (Plan #115-1330) displays beautiful architecture, classic charm, and a great floor plan.
Exterior and interior spaces are equally important for a complete and balanced design. The architect has obviously taken into consideration every angle as the multi-dimensional façade shows off several layers of interesting elements. This house was finished with wood siding as well as shakes in matching tones of brown. The white trim varies from the windowsills, to the hand rail on the upper deck, to the columns along the front porch and the fence. What’s more important architecturally is the placement of the windows. Think of the view from inside the house with windows at the corners, from top to bottom along the staircase, and glass doors leading from the master suite to the outdoors. The clerestory window centered at the top of the front of the house allows a beautiful display of light. The exterior of the house not only prepares you for the interior, but it can bring the outdoor elements surrounding the structure indoor.
Important spaces must be emphasized to create the feel of comfort when designing with limited square feet. This is especially true when the client entertains guests. This house plan features large main rooms that are open to each other, in a very real sense doubling the size of each room. Even the den has French doors, opening it up to the rest of the house.
The kitchen is always an important area of the house for almost anyone. The plan features an especially large kitchen with an island offering plenty of storage. The nook is big enough for dining as well, leaving the formal dining room available for other uses for those who wish not to have one. The upper floor houses the bedrooms, which allows privacy and seclusion. This design has space for a large master suite with an elaborate private bath, a bonus room, and open space for a 2 story ceiling above the nook.
This plan is a great example of smart design and maximizing spaces.