Building your new home is a very exciting process because it gives you the opportunity to make sure that every detail of your home is exactly the way that you like it. However, most people are not architects, engineers, or interior designers, so they do not have all of the information that they need in order to make the smartest home floor plan possible. Here are some tips that you can follow to make your house easy to live in.
1. Get Kitchen Garbage Outside As Quickly As Possible
To avoid having to trek through the house with smelly kitchen garbage when you take it outside, make sure you can access the garage from the kitchen. If this is impossible, then add a side door to your home that directly leads into the kitchen. Having the kitchen be the common point of entry in your home also ensures that muddy boots can be taken off in a location that has hard floors that are easier to clean, rather than in carpeted rooms.
2. Have a Central Location For Plumbing
You are also going to want a central location for all of your plumbing in order to reduce the amount of pipe that you use. This is important because it reduces the cost of the plumbing system, the amount of water and waste that hangs out in your home while trying to reach its destination, and the amount of pipe that you will have to check if something goes wrong.
3. Have Enough Outlets
Make sure that you have enough outlets in every room to allow all of your gadgets to charge and your lights to be connected to power, and to avoid unsightly power strips. To make sure you have enough outlets, simply check the number of plugs that you use in each room currently and put that number in the corresponding room on the floor plan.
4. Have Your Washer and Dryer Located on the Same Floor as the Bedrooms
If it's possible to put the washer and dryer on the same floor as your bedrooms, where dirty clothes usually accumulate, do it. This will ensure that you are able to do laundry easily and not have to lug pounds of heavy clothing down several flights of stairs. Simply make sure that the washer and dryer are far enough away from any bedrooms so that their noise does not disturb anyone's sleep.
For more information, talk to a professional home planner.