It's a simplification to say that there are only three types of two-story homes, but the vast majority of middle-priced homes follow simple logic patterns that divide homes in three basic types. By asking questions to your customers, it is likely that you can direct them to one of these three types, which will make it easier for you to believe that the house was designed for them.
A typical house has five or six rooms on the first floor; kitchen, breakfast, family room, living room, dining room and sometimes a den. The kitchen and breakfast area are side by side for obvious reasons and in almost all cases next to the family room. Because the kitchen is more closed due to the kitchens and cooking areas, the breakfast area is almost always between the kitchen and the family room. While I did the opposite – kitchen separating the family room and breakfast – it did not work as well. Even the owner of the house for what I built regretted the decision after the fact.
The kitchen-breakfast-family room is the main area of family life. The family will spend most of their time waking up in these three rooms and even entertaining it is the area most often used. For privacy, these three rooms are almost always at the back of the house, far from the street.
The dining room will logically be next to the kitchen.
The resulting layout has the family room, breakfast and kitchen at the back of the house with the dining room in front of the house next to the kitchen and the living room of the other side of the front door to the front of the house. It is a very functional and therefore popular plan. Almost all builders have a version of this plan in their wallet and it's usually their most popular five-piece plan.
This layout also places the family room adjacent to the living room. If the customer likes having an extra entertainment space, you can open the living room to the dining room. If the family likes separate spaces so that a family member can escape to read in the living room while the rest of the family watch action movies, the family may want to close the room. Opening and creating separate areas of use.
If the family wants a "den", you need to determine why they need it. If there is an office work area with possible visits from customers, the buyer will probably want the office den at the front of the house. If that's the case you put the family room behind the garage with breakfast and cooking along the back. To create more space at the front of the house, the den is placed next to the kitchen, but at the back of the house. The den and the dining room are then placed on each side of the main entrance. If the dining room is placed next to the living room so that only one large room the dining room table can be enlarged in the living room to accommodate large gatherings.
If the living room is really a guest room, then the room can be created by sliding the garage forward and placing the family room behind the garage.
There are a number of more significant variations in the location of the first floor water and laundry room, if desired, but the vast majority of two-story homes will enter the area. 39, one of these three models. When we designed a custom or semi-custom home before we started, the plans asked the family a few questions:
If the family is usually together, we would open the family room in the living room. If the family wanted two separate areas, we would either close the family room or put it on the other side of the house.
Select the first floor plan that meets their needs and you have a semi-custom template from which to work.
Original content copyright 2011 Thomas Robinson