For a house to be functional it needs good room layout. In other words the rooms should be of an adequate size and they must connect well with other rooms. They really should also be simple to furnish. Doorways, windows and thoroughfares must not obstruct the placement of furniture. Rooms in the centre of a house are typically poorly lit and underused. They ought to be connected with outer rooms to create a single, larger and more useable space.
Here are some suggestions for creating a good room layout.
Eliminate unnecessary passageways. They’re a waste of space and produce a rabbit warren feeling in the house. If passageways are essential then make certain they are sufficiently wide to enable two people today to pass comfortably (at least 2m wide). They really should also be provided with natural light, either with the use of skylights or using ‘borrowed’ light by installing highlights to walls or over doors which lead to rooms with a lot of natural light. Glass blocks are an additional way to bringing in light and making passageways user friendly.
The kitchen and living rooms are typically the hubs of any residence. They need to be centrally located so that they’re effortlessly accessible from all other rooms.
Access to a room should not interfere with the utility of any other room. You should not need to weave your way around dining chairs on your way from the lounge to the kitchen. Similarly, the sitting room will need to not be a thoroughfare to the children’s bedrooms.
The laundry will need to be reasonably close to the kitchen so that whoever is working in the kitchen can also access the laundry.
The bathroom(s) must be accessible from the bedrooms but will need to also be easily reached from outside. After all, you don’t want people tramping through half the house to reach the bathroom when they come in with dirty feet.
Incorporating an access door from the kitchen to the garage for bringing the groceries in is very practical.
Having porches or verandas that shelter visitors who come to the front door is also a good idea. Porches are not only excellent solar passive design features but they also protect timber doors and frames from deteriorating in the sun and rain.