How to Design the Perfect House Floor Plan

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When you’re putting together your house floor plans for a new construction project or looking at a tiny house floor plan, you’ll need to consider several options for materials, layouts, and installation to make your project a successful one. House floor plans are the blueprint for builders and home designers to work from, and you’ll need to make some important decisions early on to ensure your project runs smoothly.

Fortunately, there are a lot of resources available to help you map out your dream home and get some ideas for amazing floor plans. Whether you’re sketching things out with pencil and paper or using a drawing tool to map out your tiny house floor plan, here are some tips for designing a home that’s perfect for you:

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1. Understand the Purpose

The purpose of a floor plan is to create a scaled diagram of every room in the home. Whether you’re building a tiny house or a full-size single family home, your floor plans will depict the entire building with measurements of every room mapped out. After the rooms have been sketched out, you can include furniture, appliances, and anything else you envision being in your home. These floor plans are useful for builders, architects, floor installation specialists, and even interior designers who need to know the dimensions of a room before they can begin working on their projects.

 

2. Think About Your Lifestyle

When you have the chance to design your house floor plans from scratch, you get to pick all the details that will make your home truly your own. If you enjoy entertaining and having lots of guests at home, you might decide to design an open kitchen or open floor plan concept on the main floor.

If you’re always doing lots of laundry, you might decide to build a laundry room upstairs so you don’t have to carry lots of clothes up and down the stairs on laundry day. If you have children, you might decide to build their rooms close together and set up a playroom on the opposite side of the home. Really think about all your lifestyle and priorities so your house floor plans accommodate your needs.

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3. Consider Measurements

If the frame of the building has already been built, you will need to work within those measurements. Even though you might not have any flooring installed yet, you will still have a clear idea of the boundaries of the building and what the builders have set up for the wall and ceiling construction. You’ll need to create your master plans using these very measurements in order for the rest of the plans to be accurate.

4. Consider Different Layout Styles

There are dozens of ways to create room layouts, and there really is no one-size-fits-all solution for any homeowner. This is part of the fun of designing your home, and you can choose from a number of styles, including contemporary, cape, ranch, and traditional. Think about how you want to use different parts of the home and what type of theme you want to decorate with to make the best decision for your new space.

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5. Maximize Space in a Tiny House

If you’re mapping out tiny house floor plans, you’ll be limited for space when it comes to adding different types of rooms and areas of the home. This is where you have to really think about decorating multi-functional spaces.

For example, a living area might double as a guest bedroom or even a main bedroom, depending on the size of the space. The main bathroom might also be the guest bathroom so you don’t have to build two bathrooms. There may not be a play area for kids inside the home, but you could design a dedicated play space in the yard outside. Think of different ways to maximize your space so you can meet all of your needs even in a tiny house construction.

6. Include Flooring Decisions

You should note the type and style of flooring in your house plans so that flooring installers know what measurements and room dimensions you are working with. Your flooring decisions can also include the types of patterns and designs you want to create in different areas so you can determine how to lay different types of tile and what types of tile or flooring you need. This step can also help you with your interior design decisions later.

Drafting house floor plans can be a fun stage of building your new home and gives you a chance to truly customize the space. Use these tips as a guide for designing the perfect house floor plan that suits your lifestyle.

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David Montagliani

David Montagliani has been proudly “making dust” since 1978. Starting out at just 13-years-old cutting blocks and making trivets, Dave has built a 3 decade long career supplying and installing for contractors and home builders alike. Starting small as a benchman and joiner, then graduating on to running his own cabinet business specializing in Euro-style kitchens, you’d be hard pressed to find a realm of wood working that Dave hasn’t touched. Most recently, Dave has focused on millwork and flooring over the past twenty years of his career, and brought his expertise to the retail and eCommerce world. When not hard at work leading the Category Management team at flooring eCommerce destination BuildDirect.com, you can find him tinkering in his garage—you guessed it—making dust.