Basic Room Functions
Start this research by listing all of the rooms that you would like to have in your house. Remember that the list of rooms below are mandatory but you can add to this list if necessary - if you want to be like the president, you could even include a cinema and bowling alley in your home but know that this area will come out of the 100 metres square floor space that you have to work with!!
- Master bedroom with private bathroom
- Spare bedroom
- Living Room
- Utility Room
- Storage Room
Using a spreadsheet, start listing all of the furniture, appliances or areas that you would expect to see in each of these rooms. For example, in the kitchen, It would be essential to include space for a fridge/freezer, cabinets and counter surfaces, dishwasher (possibly), sink, waste disposal, food storage, utensil storage etc.
In your list also include doors and space needed to walk in specific rooms or between furniture.
Remember also to 'future proof' your home. Don't plan for things such as single beds in the spare bedroom because if you moved away from your home most people would like to be able to at least fit a double bed into this area. Alternatively, they would need to convert the room into a study or such and it would be listed for sale as a 1 bedroom house.
Using a tape measure, measure each of the items that you listed in your spreadsheet. The measurements that you gather should be in a specific unit throughout (mm, CM, M, or inches, etc).
The measurements that you will need for each item are:
- Height off the ground
- Space needed to walk/pass between appliances/furniture.
Now that you have all of this information, these measurements will really help you when it comes to designing each room. In the design phase of this unit you will get to set the layout of these essential furnitures & appliances and this will give you an idea of the general space needed for each of these rooms.