Every homeowner has gone through it – you choose a home that you think will be ideal for you and your family and once you move into, you wonder, “why doesn’t this floor plan work for us?
But you live and you learn. And in the end, that’s all anyone can do. With that said, I wanted to share some things which might prove helpful to someone going through the process of buying home.
If you recently started looking to buy a new apartment, more than likely you will need to review architectural drawings or brochure with floor plans with furniture marked.
While for many design professionals it is instinctive or second nature, for many homeowners the symbols and nomenclature in the drawing can be difficult to understand.They may miss many critical details which can later lead to buying a wrong house.
Furnished floor plans help you to visualize how you might live in the available space and utilize that space and furnished display homes (sample apartment) can give you a strong feel of the space with appropriate furniture arrangement possible.
Being an architect, I have met lots of clients who have bought apartments without a clear understanding of furniture layout; circulation of space and many other things even after visiting sample apartment. So what goes wrong there?
How many times have you read the dimensions of a room on a floor plan and then realized your existing furniture doesn’t fit like you thought into the finished room?
Is furniture shown at the correct scale?
Generally, furniture shown in some brochures is much smaller than average.
Also, furniture kept in sample apartments is of smaller size to give a more spacious look to place e.g. the bed size is generally 5’0” than regular 6’0” bed or the dining table size could be smaller than standard sizes. These details are easy to miss out.
How to overcome missing these critical details?
Check that the display furniture in sample apartment or in the brochure is of standard size and configuration to yours or satisfy yourself that you can achieve an acceptable configuration with your furniture.
Try and strip away the gorgeous finishes, the upgraded carpet, color-coordinated wallpaper and drapery and focus on the layout and flow of the rooms. This will help you make an informed decision when choosing a floor plan. Make sure work areas and circulation spaces receive abundant natural light from carefully positioned windows Well planned circulation is necessary for effective movement pattern.
Conclusion: Buying a home is the largest purchase you’ll ever make in your life so it does justify a large amount of research and rigor before taking the final decision.