Avoid Common Design Mistakes with the Help of an Architect

A house plan can look perfect in theory, but the flaws in the design or layout can become apparent only once you have built and moved in. Unfortunately, the cost of changing the layout afterwards can be huge. To avoid it and other layout errors, use an architect for the initial conceptualisation, the design, and the building of your home.

Below are two of the common home layout mistakes you can avoid when making use of an experienced architect, right from the start of your home design.


  1. Not Considering Lifestyle Requirements

Why do you build rather than buy a home? It is most probably because you have a specific idea of what you want, and do not fancy having to make your lifestyle fit the building. Instead, you want a building that fits your lifestyle requirements. Of course, it is easy to get plans from the Internet and simply build your home accordingly. What is wrong with the picture? Yes, you guessed right. Your lifestyle requirements are not considered when it comes to the floor plan.

Indeed, lifestyle needs should be the first and most important aspect to consider when planning the layout of your home. If you, for instance, regularly host dinner parties, do not design the house with the guest toilet located at the other end of the hallway. Also, keep in mind that your lifestyle needs change over time.

Your kids may be small right now, but they will grow into teens with different lifestyle needs. If you work with an experienced architect, the professional helps you consider layouts that can stay relevant regardless of the lifecycle stages of your family members. Designing the home to make provision for future expansions as your family grows is, for instance, a cost-effective way to minimise future building costs.


  1. Looking at Layout Without Considering Function

What looks good on a blueprint is not necessarily functional. Do you want your kitchen to be completely separate from the dining room if you regularly have guests? If you really prefer a separate kitchen, you may for instance, want to add a breakfast nook or a little visiting area that enables you to visit with guests while preparing food. An open plan design is certainly more functional if you regularly entertain and are the chef. If you completely separate the kitchen and the dining room, avoid placing the kitchen far from the veranda and the dining room, as it can be a hassle to remove dirty dishes or bring food from the kitchen to the dining room.

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