5 mistakes not to make when you design your floor plan
When you start designing your floor plan, you might face the blank page syndrome just like a writer. That’s because you are afraid of not being able to express what you feel or dream. Then there’s also the technical and economic constraints, such as urban laws or price estimations. Suddenly, drawing simple straight walls for your floor plan becomes a fastidious task, and you discover that you need a strict methodology to achieve your own house floor plans.
In this article, we will present to you the techniques we learned with Space Designer 3D to avoid the most common pitfalls of the floor plan designing process. Keep in mind that designing your home is about pleasure and creating something you like, something unique, no matter what anyone says.
Start with something to tell
Designing floor plans is like telling a story. Through the space you create, the occupants learn about your priorities, your lifestyle, and the message you convey. Well defining this message is essential and will certainly simplify and accelerate your design process. Here are the most recurrent strategies used by today’s architects to make their stories, which could also help you find yours.
Sustainable and Bioclimatic: Gives the priority to human comfort and health. The environmental factors such as climate, sun, and wind coupled with the occupants’ lifestyle give the floor plan design constraints. Even if this architectural practice does not require a graphic style, bioclimatic houses are generally characterized by the preferential use of natural and regional materials.
Being Ultra Modern: Mostly based on artistic research and visual experimentation, it is highly designed architecture using a lot of curves and organic shapes, architecture of high fashion and advanced technology to challenge the intelligence of nature.
Minimalism: When “less is more”. The most important part is that you can let go of having too much stuff. For floor plans, that also means unneeded thoughts and shapes. It is all about pure spaces without any artificial superficiality. Minimalists often like neat, white rooms and cold lighting with minimum objects and furniture.
Cinematographic Approach: When the architecture meets literature and cinema. Design and move on in the architectural spaces with sequences as we look at our project through a camera. The aesthetic coherence of the architectural object loses its importance. Instead, we discover the ambiances during our “architectural promenades.”
Don’t say too many things
Don’t spread out too much; keep it simple. If you convey too many messages at once with your floor plan, you may not be understood and end up with a confused design.
Here is an efficient way to focus on the essential: Make a list of the ideas you want to spread through your floor plan and home design. If other people are living with you, take their opinions (or wish lists). Try to order the ideas you would like to convey starting from the most important ones, and remove what is not essential. When you are left with only a few ideas on your list, make sure they can work together to avoid any inconstancy in your project.
Don’t listen to don’ts
The floor plans you want to make are, first and foremost, for YOUR house. If you want to paint it entirely in pink or put your bathroom next to the kitchen, go for it! Your house must represent who you are and what you like.
Some architects used to think that a building or an object must be shaped according to its function. (“Form follows function,” as stated by Louis Sullivan.) However, this is not a dogma anymore. On the contrary, architecture is the most popular immersive art form aimed to generate emotions, just like a movie, song, or painting would.
Free your mind from all the don’ts you hear about architecture and create what you want! Originality is rather considered as a quality today so don’t be afraid to do something new. It is better to do a spectacularly ugly design than copying a regular beauty.
Don’t do what your neighbors do
There are three reasons you shouldn’t do what your neighbors do.
First, your neighbors are probably not the best references. Instead, find the inspiration in more confirmed people and places. Talk with architects, urbanists, designers, and read some architectural design books.
Or maybe their house doesn’t fit your lifestyle. Think about what you and your family need. The answer is probably not the same for your neighbors!
Finally, be unique. Your neighbors did something good? That’s great: do something better. You wouldn’t wear the same clothes as your neighbor, even if they are nice, would you? Be yourself.
Don’t be stressed out
Starting a floor plan is always stressful. It is the base of a huge project, which will affect you and your family for many years. But being stressed won’t help you do anything good! Take it easy and go for it step by step. Start simple and draw your floor plan freely, without complex. Don’t try to be perfect by adjusting the proportions.
If you haven’t planned to see an architect yet, we highly encourage you to do so. Don’t fear architects; they don’t bite! Their work is to make your project come true and be realistic.
One more “don’t” before you leave: don’t forget to enjoy what you are doing! Pleasure is essential when you design your floor plan and is the key to your being satisfied with your future house.
We hope that this article will help you get through your floor planning stage! Which of these “don’ts” do you think is the most important when you design floor plans?