In the fifth part of our “How to Design Your Home” series, you’ll learn how to finalise your home design. You started with a goal, created a vision, and went through a bunch of design ideas. It's time to put them all together and prepare to turn it into reality.
Your house is a structure built for you. It's a collection of rooms and spaces that support your way of life.
You arrange these rooms and spaces in a way that you want them to work. You connect rooms that relate to each other so you can function and do a myriad of tasks smoothly.
If you think about it, this process is like building a jigsaw. You put all the 'puzzle' pieces together in pursuit of seeing and owning the home you always wanted.
How to arrange rooms and spaces properly
To come up with a layout that works for you, you need to clarify a few important things such as:
The role that each room or area needs to perform and how you plan to use each one.
Each room already has an established purpose. No one will contradict you when you say that your kitchen is for preparing and cooking food. No one will argue with you when you say that the bedroom is for sleeping.
But, homes today have an open plan format. The rooms have to be versatile and flexible. Each area still has a dedicated function, but it can accommodate other tasks. (e.g. The kitchen can entertain guests when connected seamlessly with the living area. You can also squeeze a small workstation in the bedroom, in case you need a home office.)
Consider the movement between and through rooms and how it will work.
The relationship of one room to another and why you must connect them.
Some are obvious. For example, you ensure the dining sits next to the kitchen. This cuts your trip from the counters to the table.
Others are more of a personal preference. The ideal proximity between spaces makes rooms more functional. It keeps you at ease and relaxed too.
For example, you want to connect the garage to the kitchen. You prefer this because you want to drop the heavy bags of groceries immediately after you get it out of the car. Or, you want another bathroom on the second floor near the bedrooms. You prefer this because you don't want to go down the stairs in the middle of the night when you need to go to the loo.
- How do the rooms in your home need to feel and perform?
- How will they be versatile and flexible?
- What is the connection between them?
Don’t forget to locate rooms based on orientation as well. Common rooms like the living room are best located in the northern part of the house.
It also helps when you imagine yourself walking through your future home. Think about your movement between rooms and how it will work. Ask yourself questions like:
- How do you want to move into and through your home? What do you want to see first?
- How do you see yourself moving inside the house when you get up the morning or before you go to bed at night?
- What do you want to see when you're sitting in a corner of your living room?
- How will you furnish these rooms and spaces? What are loose and built-in?
- What rooms should be close to each other? What rooms should be far away from each other?
Ask yourself these questions to find the best order of rooms and spaces in your home.
Then, put all your answers together like you’re solving a huge jigsaw puzzle. Try to understand what the puzzle pieces you want to include and how they go together. When you start to analyse these things, you will understand just how much you demand of your home. You can assess if this will fit your budget. If not, you are free to make some changes.
Once your plan comes together, you will see a tangible picture of your future home. You’ll be able to get a hold of how it looks as a whole, and with the rooms and spaces that make it up.
What if I can’t do it alone?
It's okay even if you can't do this step all on your own. It’s hard to get your head around this process, understand what makes a great home, and identify what you need in your home all at the same time. In some cases, the puzzle pieces do not fit straight away.
When the pieces might not all fit straight away, revert back to your goals and vision.
Arrange the spaces and rooms to align with them. Trust me, it can work.
When the process became too hard and confusing for you, do not hesitate to call in the home design experts.
Find the people who have the skills and strengths needed for the job. Get them on board. Allow them to help you, because they only want to give you the best.
Now, all you need to do is to share the information you currently have to them. The more info they know about you and the project, the better the outcome.
Make sure they understand your goals and get a hold of your vision too.
Of course, you can still keep track of everything once they start working on your project.
In return, you’ll experience a less stressful process. In case there are pieces that don’t it in your puzzle, these pros can find substitutes that will make your home equally great.
You deserve a great home. A home that supports your lifestyle every single day, in the years to come.
READ THE COMPLETE HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HOME GUIDES
How to Overcome the Stress, Fear, and Anxiety When Building
How to Find Clarity From Multiple Design Choices
How to Assess Which Home Design Works for You (and What Doesn’t)
How to Design Your Home to Suit the Location
How to Finalise Your Home Layout
How to Bring Volume and Life in Your Home Design