Top Tips for the Perfect Family Home Layout

Top Tips for the Perfect Family Home Layout

Top Tips for the Perfect Family Home Layout

Interior design magazines and websites are full of images showing beautifully kept, impeccably tidy and perfectly decorated family homes… but when it comes to translating these to actual family life, the reality isn’t always quite so put together. You’re standing on lego, searching frantically for car keys through toys you could swear you gave to the charity shop months ago and desperately scrubbing a coffee stain out of a carpet. We’ve all been there!

In truth, the magic behind a family home lies in its layout. A home should be a natural extension of a family’s lifestyle that facilitates their daily lives with no obstacles in the way or workarounds required. VERS Pro work with 2D floorplan designs, 3D home visualisations and mechanical and electrical drawings, as well as planning permission drawings where required, to help families realise their house’s full potential; and to help them ensure the home’s usage is adaptable and future-proofed for many happy years to come.

So how best to layout a family home for a bustling group of people who seem always on the go and need to make the most of the space they have? Read on for our top tips on home layout…

Adopt an Open Plan Layout for the Kitchen, Diner and Living Room

Open plan layouts for kitchens to integrate a dining room within are seen often in larger properties, but their benefits for smaller houses can be vast too. Open plan kitchen-diners allow for a multi-functional space supporting numerous activities and allow for these to intermingle; for example, a child completing homework can bounce ideas off of a parent who’s preparing food for dinner, and a dinner guest can enjoy a drink and interact with their hosts while they juggle dishes.

When blending a living room into this space too, the whole family are afforded time together no matter what their functionality is while on this floor of the house (toilet matters excluded, of course). This multi-functional room will quickly become the hub of the home and can be specifically designed within to give control over traffic, workflow and activities. The boundaries and dimensions of the space will lend themselves to the incorporation of additional storage and more creative layouts within.

Open plan rooms of this type can be created through the removal of internal walls and with the installation of peninsulas and islands or even temporary divides between ‘zones’.

Consider a Boot-ility Room to hide away your clutter

Big families, particularly those with children, frequently find their houses blighted by clutter – not through a lack of trying to tidy, but through the simple necessity that everyone just has lots of ‘stuff’! Boot-ility rooms are a slant on the traditional utility room that encompasses not just the washing machine and perhaps some other utilities but also a space for the storage of shoes, coats, bags, dog leads, umbrellas and the like.

Of course, not every property has the space for a full separate room for such storage, but it can be included elsewhere in the home. Smart storage solutions installed into part of a hallway or the back of a kitchen can quickly become one of the hardest working areas of the whole house; and helps keep other rooms tidier simply as a result of its existence.

Add on extras to a main Bedroom

While today many new-build properties include and en-suite bathroom on the primary bedroom of the home, this hasn’t always been the case. Adding an en-suite and/or a walk-in wardrobe will help bring a sense of cohesive flow not just to the bedroom itself but also to the daily routine of the adults in the house.

If a home doesn’t already have an en-suite or walk-in wardrobe, these can be added in; either through the removal of rooms to adjoining spaces, the creation of clever enclaves or the installation of partitions in larger bedrooms. These additions will create the feeling of a fresh space but also improve the usability of the room overall.

No downstairs WC? Install one.

If you’re in anything other than a bungalow, having a WC on the ground floor can be hugely beneficial for those within. A small and neat space that allows for some plumbing is required, but is an affordable addition or extension and will drastically change how the downstairs of the whole home is used. Indeed, if there is a space that suits itself to such a renovation this can even be done with a little plumbing know-how as a DIY job.

What’s more, having a downstairs WC helps futureproof the home for those both young and old. As toddlers are toilet trained, the risk of mistakes lessens as they have less far to travel before they really have to go, parents have to stray less far afield from their babies to visit the facilities and for those who may struggle with the stairs, it offers a quick solution to save their blushes and discomfort.

Optimise Garage storage

Garages, where present, are too often left as unoptimized storage spaces full of clutter and all those miscellaneous items that somehow just don’t fit anywhere else… and yet often there’s no car or vehicle in sight!

Upgrading your garage to include storage and shelving units along with carefully-placed partitions and extensions will help provide vast extra storage; and could even transform the space into an organised and hard-working space more like a utility area, tool shed, laundry room, larder or storeroom. The possibilities are endless, but yet garages are somehow often underestimated in their potential and forgotten about when considering usable space in the home.

VERS Pro helps homeowners plan and design their home’s perfect layout by mapping out the existing space and investigating into the possibilities of transformation. Speak to our architectural visualisation experts today to learn more and uncover the potential of your space!

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