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 In Lifestyle

Floorplans and Flow

One of the most significant features of the home is the floorplan. Flexibility is of utmost importance and a carefully considered floorplan should create a natural flow between rooms.

One of the most significant features of the home is the floorplan. Flexibility is of utmost importance and a carefully considered floorplan should create a natural flow between rooms, while maximising space and incorporating abundant natural light.

Unrivaled in their exuberance and charm, Victorian and Edwardian period homes feature elaborate detailing and asymmetrical floorplans. These period homes tend to be large, with the traditional layout incorporating formally defined rooms. The focus is on functional design, with each room serving a clear purpose. A good layout will optimise the circulation pattern so the energy ‘flows’. Distinctive architectural features include a multitude of bays and roof elements at varying heights, along with one or more porches adorning the exterior.

The concept of the floorplan has evolved over the past few decades. Modern versions place great emphasis on well-designed, open spaces and simple, clean lines. Roomy, informal living areas create a sense of minimalism that is typical of the contemporary home. The open floorplan creates a feeling of space while connecting the family and guests. With strong connections to the outdoors, these dwellings feature expansive windows and doors to make use of natural light to illuminate the interiors, and tend to incorporate indoor/outdoor environments.

The sought-after open floorplans of contemporary abodes are versatile and allow the homeowner to tailor the home to suit their lifestyle, however any generous space will need to have a sensible plan in place to prevent too much noise carrying between adjoining rooms. A few key furnishings, such as window dressings and rugs, or simple structural changes, such as adding in a freestanding storage wall or a feature screen, will help to reduce noise. Introducing textured surfaces, such as timber cladding to walls and ceilings, will also combat sound travel.

The concept of the floorplan has evolved over the past few decades. Modern versions place great emphasis on well-designed, open spaces and simple, clean lines.

Space planning is crucial when assessing the practicality of the area and determining how to use to it more efficiently. The focus should be on functional design, with consideration of who lives in the space and how they live there. The arrangement and flow from one room to another are the defining characteristics separating a good and bad floorplan, and can drastically affect the enjoyment of the home as well as the resale value.

For more information on floorplans, contact Marshall White on (03) 9822 9999.

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