Part 1: How it can help avoid move-in frustrations
Building or remodeling a home
can be a mixture of excitement and hassle. After months of dreaming and planning, the construction and finishing phases can seem to go on forever.
But there are few things more frustrating than to make it to moving day, only to find that your furniture doesn't fit the rooms, you have nowhere to plug in a lamp by the sofa, and your favorite armoire is too wide for the wall by 1 inch.
Some of these disappointments can be circumvented, however, by
arranging your furniture
and considering your lifestyle needs
plans are finalized.
Not too Big, Not too Small
Think bigger is better? You'll want to avoid rooms that feel either too cramped or as huge as a cavern. By pre-arranging your ideal furniture groupings prior to building, you can see
how much space you'll need. Do you want a master bedroom with a sitting area? Pencil out the placement of your bedroom furniture and the seating area before committing to a room that's too small or too large. Do you want a big living room? Consider your true furniture needs before you find that you have a lot of awkward space between your conversation area and the dining area.
Large Furniture Pieces
Do you have a tall grandfather clock, an extra long dining table, a ten foot sofa, a big canopy bed, large area rug, or a huge breakfront? Plan ahead for these pieces by designing room sizes, wall spaces, and ceiling heights that can easily accommodate these items.
Small Furniture Pieces
Smaller items can look lost in a giant room. Think about scale and get advice from a design professional before building spaces that may be too big for the way you live.
Many homeowners treat lighting design as a luxury or an afterthought. However, lighting can add both drama and function to a home. Illuminate dark hallways with a line of recessed lights, highlight the living room walls with spots aimed at artwork, put in handy under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen and in display shelving, add circuits and dimmers to increase your lighting options. Visit a lighting showroom or find a qualified lighting designer to help formulate a plan to fit your needs.
As bathroom sizes increase, many homeowners are choosing to add furniture to this space. If this idea appeals to you, then be sure to allow sufficient wall area for a chest, armoire, or chair.
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