At Evis Build, we undertake all manner of remodelling to existing floor plans. Our experienced builders will work hard to make sure your new floor plan is completed to exactly the specification you require and make your new spaces work better for you and your family.
Key points to consider about remodelling your floor plans
Although we can help design the layout of your new floor plans and work through the finer details before we start demolishing existing walls and building new ones, there are a couple of points we think you should first consider before you give us a call.
Type of floor plans
There are two types of floor plans common in homes – compartmentalised and open.
- Compartmentalised floor plans were common through the 1950′s to the 1970′s where individual rooms centred off a main hallway and the activities of each room were isolated.
- Open floor plans only started emerging in the 1980′s when rooms began to flow into one another and the concept of half walls and visual dividers allowed families to interact whilst remaining in their separate rooms. Today, open floor plans are becoming a sought after amenity in homes. However, you do need to consider whether the con of noise travel and visual distractions in an open floor plan will be outweighed by the pros of more interaction with your family and friends as well as more natural light flooding your living space.
You should consider the flow patterns you and your family make whilst moving around your home. For example, once you return home in the evening, do you tend to go straight into the kitchen or go upstairs into your bedroom? When you leave your bedroom in the morning, do you first enter the bathroom or go to the kitchen? Creating a picture of how you and your family functions around your home is an important factor in deciding whether an open plan space will work for you and where individual spaces should be positioned so that you will not continuously criss-cross certain areas to reach others.
You should consider you and your family’s lifestyle. Think about the time you currently spend in certain rooms in your home, and why. For example, if you like to make the kitchen the focal point for daily family gatherings, then a spacious kitchen should be your home’s focal point. If on the other hand you prefer to lounge around on sofas in front of a fire, then a cosy family room with large sofas and a fireplace should be made to feel as the hub of your home.
Also think about how you like to entertain your guests. For example, do you prefer to keep all of your guests together in one dining room, or do you prefer your guests to form their own groups in various spaces around your home?
The level of privacy you require from the rest of your family will be one of the most important factors in deciding the level of open plan living you will want us to create. For example, is your bedroom the only room you would need compartmentalised from the rest of your home? Do you want your en-suite to form part of your bedroom without any walls surrounding it? Or do you work from home and would need your office to be kept separate from other areas around your home?
As well as making the room that you and your family spend the most time in the hub of your home, you should also consider any exterior views which you want to see from various spaces in your home and at various times of the day. For example, if you want your kitchen to be bright in the morning, you may want to position it to face an easterly view. If you want certain rooms to be bright in the afternoon, then you may want to position those spaces along your south and west facing external walls.
Furnishings and aesthetics
The positioning of furniture after a remodel, especially if we have created an open plan environment for you, can be challenging if your furniture is not designed to be viewed from all sides and you were planning on using your furniture to visually separate spaces on an open floor plan. Make sure you inspect your furniture and plan well in advance how you could use it in your new space.