Inspecting house floor plans that are in the technical format to be lodged for building approval can give you ideas of style and layout of the home. However without furniture on the plan it’s pretty hard to imagine things like: how much space is left in each room, where the actual circulation areas are, and so on.
Including furniture while you work on your new house floor plans will enable you to plan for many other aspects listed below. Working things out early in the design phase will also save you hassle and money later down the path.
You can use free software to design your new house floor plans. These tools now comme with impressive collection of furniture, appliances for you to use on your plan. If you prefer a web based tool I would recommend Floorplanner.com. Alternatively SweetHome3D is an impressive house floor plan software you can download and install on your PC.
These softwares allow you to resize dimensions of furniture you place on the plan to match with your existing pieces of furniture or the ones you plan to purchase for the new home. That’s a great feature as you can see everything to scale.
1. Circulation areas, remaining space
Placing furniture on your plan will allow you to see exactly where the circulation zones are. For example for a dining room it’s recommended to have at least 1m clear between the side of the table and the wall. You can also see if the distance you plan to have between a couch and the plasma screen is adequate.
2. The working triangle for the kitchen
When designing your kitchen you want to make sure the main three areas – food preparation, cooking and food storage – are organised in a logical way so you don’t have to travel great distance between them.
3. Light points
Having furniture on the plan will help you plan where to install your light points. It’s much more expensive to get the electrician back when you realise that the lamp in the dining room is totally off centre of the table.
4. Power points
Same as light points. If you want to have a power point for a reading lamp next to a bed it’s wiser to know where the bed will be located.
5. Telephone points
How often did you visit a house (even new ones) and noticed the telephone is plugged to the socket with a long, long extension cord?
6. TV points
Plan where you want to put your TV sets so the electrician can install TV points accordingly before the walls are recovered with plaster sheets.
7. Internet and network points
If you plan to have a wired home network you need to decide where you want the cable from the internet company to arrive in your home. With IP TV becoming popular I would recommend to have that main internet connection located next to your main TV. That way you could connect your smart TV directly to the internet.
Also if you have computers you want to connect to the your home network, it’s preferable to place desks on your floor plans so you can see where the network sockets need to be.