5 mistakes to avoid when designing house floor plans

5 mistakes to avoid when designing house floor plans


A house should not only be a place where we return after along day of work, but it should also be the most safe, happy and healthy environment for its occupants.


The goal of building a house is to make it a comfortable space for its owners' lives, not just to meet their basic needs. Oftentimes, when designing floor plans for a house, mistakes are made in meeting the requirements of the design. The design of a home should be given special consideration because it has such a significant impact on its occupants. There are five frequent mistakes to avoid when creating home floorplans in order to make the house more functional for its users. 

1.      There is no entrance lobby

Without a lobby, the entrance to your home abruptly transports you from the outside world to the inside without any transition.


For instance, if there is a gathering in your living room and the entry opens into it without a lobby, you will find yourself in an unpleasant situation. Few architects and designers underestimate the value of an entrance lobby, which allows visitors and inhabitants to connect without feeling overwhelmed by one another's presence. The lack of a front entry lobby is a typical blunder that all architects and designers must avoid in order to prevent people from entering the home directly and abruptly from the front door.

2.      The size of the furniture is not considered

It is equally important to pay attention to the ergonomics and pragmatic aspects of furniture, besides aesthetics, colors, textures, and designs.


Placement of furniture in a room occupies volume. The scale of furniture can significantly impact comfort. If in a small space the furniture is too bulky, the space will appear smaller. Similarly, if it is positioned in a large space, small furniture will make it appear to be unorganized and incomprehensible. 

3.      There is no storage space

It is normal for residents of a home to require storage for items that are not needed on a daily basis. The house's interior will appear ordered and neat if the storage facilities are well-designed, strategically arranged, and appear seamless.


It is a fact that if there are insufficient storage spots, or if the storage spots are not in the right places, the house will be cluttered with items, and it will appear less functional as well.

4.      There aren’t enough windows and openings 

Window sizes, numbers, and types all play a role in bringing a home's interiors to life.


Vented windows allow more light and air into the house, making it feel more fresh and healthy. The lack of window openings in modern homes, particularly in flats and condominiums, is becoming increasingly problematic. Residents need sunlight, air, and natural air exchanges for a healthier and more fulfilling living environment.

5.      Did not create a green design

Having environmentally friendly and sustainable designs is now a must. It's no longer an option to do something other than creating a green design.

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Residential designs should be done keeping this in mind. Including sustainable landscapes and softscapes as well as plants and greenspace, for example, is essential. By ensuring that the house is properly oriented, which requires less artificial lighting and ventilation, it is even possible to design a floor plan that is both sustainable and cost-effective resulting in an overall green design. 


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