When you’re designing a home, there are many things to consider—from the type of flooring you want to paint colors and styles. But one thing that’s often overlooked is space planning. Space planning is all about making sure each room in your house has enough space for everything its residents need, from seating arrangements to storage solutions. It can be helpful in making sure everyone gets their fair share of the square footage and doesn’t feel like they’re crammed into a tiny closet because there aren’t enough other rooms in the house.
Identify the needs of the residents.
The first step in creating a space plan for your home is to identify the needs of the residents. This can be done by talking to them and asking questions about their priorities, as well as what exactly they need from their rooms. For example, if one person likes to work from home while another prefers to have quiet time in her bedroom, it’s important that you know this information before designing anything. The best way I’ve found for getting this information is by sitting down with each family member individually and having an open conversation about their needs.
Map out where everyone wants to be and how they want to use the space.
- Map out the space in 3D. This is a great way to visualize how the house will look when it’s finished and everyone is living there. If you’re not sure about how much room you need for certain activities like cooking, eating and relaxing with friends, try mapping it out on paper first before making any decisions about furniture placement or other design features.
- Use a floor plan to see how the space is laid out. If possible, take measurements of each room so that they’re accurate when creating your floor plan. Find out what rooms are main areas of activity (such as bedrooms) versus secondary ones (such as bathrooms). Then decide where those main areas should be located within each room based on who uses them most often–and what activities happen in those spaces!
Designate a space for each room, then start filling in the blanks.
Space planning is a great way to make sure you are getting the most out of your existing space. If you don’t plan, you’ll end up with a lot of wasted space and may not be able to use all the rooms in your home as efficiently as possible. Space planning can also help you determine if there are any changes that need to be made before moving forward with renovations or additions.
The first step in designing your new space plan is identifying each room in your house and then deciding how it should function within its designated area. Once this is done, it will be easier for us as architects and designers to give advice on how best to utilize those areas so that they work together seamlessly instead of being independent spaces with no connection between them (or worse yet–fighting each other!). We recommend starting with small projects like adding more storage or improving lighting before tackling larger projects such as adding an extra bedroom or converting an attic into living quarters (this last one might require some structural changes).
Take inventory of what you have and what you need.
The first step in creating a space plan is to take inventory of what you have, then make a list of what you need.
- List your furniture and appliances. Identify every piece of furniture in the house, including beds, sofas and chairs; kitchen tables or islands; dressers; desks and bookcases; entertainment centers (TVs). Also include any appliances–refrigerators, stoves/ovens–that are currently in use by the family members who live there now or may be moving into the home later on.
- List your electronics: TVs, computer monitors/laptops/tablets etc., phones (landline & cellular), radios & speakers for each room where they’ll be used regularly at home rather than just when guests come over because these items will likely stay put during most moves unless something breaks down unexpectedly early on after moving day so don’t forget them! The same goes for any other electronic devices such as gaming systems or printers which aren’t part of standard furniture arrangements but might still end up staying put due to their usefulness during daily life activities outside work hours such as homework assignments completed while sitting at desks made specifically designed for this purpose only instead paying attention during class lectures…
Consider using furniture that’s multi-functional.
If you’re looking for a way to maximize the space in your home, consider buying furniture that can do double duty. A sofa that converts into a bed is one example–it takes up less floor space when it’s not being used as an extra sleeping spot and still provides plenty of seating when guests come over. A table that converts into a desk is another option; this gives you the flexibility of adding extra workspace whenever necessary without having to buy additional furniture or clutter up your living room with desks when they’re not needed. If possible, try buying pieces that offer multiple functions so you don’t have to store them away when they’re not being used; this will save both time and money in the long run!
Invest in smart technology, like a smart thermostat or smart lights.
Smart technology is an investment, but it can pay off in the long run. A smart thermostat will help you save money by automatically turning down the heat when no one is home and turning it up when you’re on your way home from work. And if you have a lot of lights in your house that are always left on or turned off manually (like lamps), then installing some smart lights could be beneficial as well–they’ll only turn on when needed, which means less energy use overall.
Smart technology isn’t just for saving money–it also makes life easier! For example, if you use voice assistants like Amazon Echo or Google Home to control other devices around the house (such as turning off lights), this type of automation will make things simpler for anyone who lives there–no more fumbling around trying find where they left their phone so they can turn off those pesky overhead lights again…
Look for design elements that can make rooms look bigger, like high ceilings and open floor plans.
- Look for design elements that can make rooms look bigger, like high ceilings and open floor plans.
- Use light colors on the walls to create a spacious feel. White is always a good choice because it reflects light and makes your room feel brighter.
- Open shelving can also help make a space feel larger by removing clutter from the floor, giving you more room to move around freely while still keeping your belongings organized in an easy-to-find manner.
Space planning is a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your existing space
Space planning is a great way for you to make sure that your home is functional and comfortable. By thinking about how each room should look, feel, and function before you start building or renovating, you can ensure that every inch of space is put to good use.
Here are some tips on how to create a great space plan:
- Make sure there’s enough room for all of the things that need to go into your home–and then some! If there isn’t enough room for everything in one area of the house (like an extra bedroom), consider adding on another wing or building onto an existing structure so it has all the amenities needed for living comfortably in today’s world.
- Designate specific areas within each room where certain kinds of furniture should go–for example: dining tables go at one end while couches face towards TVs at another end; desks belong near windows so people can work while taking advantage of natural light coming through glass panes; etcetera…this helps keep things organized while still keeping them interesting!
We hope that this guide has helped you understand the importance of space planning, as well as how to get started with your own home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of redesigning your home from top to bottom, don’t worry–we’re here! We have experience working with clients of all kinds and budgets who want help creating a space that works for them. From simple rearranging projects like moving furniture around or adding new pieces into existing rooms; all the way up through full-blown remodels where everything needs rebuilt from scratch (or close enough).