When searching for your dream home, there are a few common considerations all homebuyers make, from the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to the property’s location and price. But after the purchase has been made, many new homeowners wish they had taken something else into account – how they will design their rooms for the most optimal use of space. This can be a tricky aspect to navigate, but these home space planning tips from W.B. Homes will put you in the right frame of mind.
Defining Each Space’s Purpose
It may seem obvious, but before you can start positioning your furniture and decorating your home, it’s wise to evaluate your lifestyle and determine how you’ll be utilizing each space. Some questions to ask as you get started include:
- How often will we be cooking?
- Will we be hosting our friends and family often?
- Are we going to have kids or grandkids someday?
- How much storage space do we need in each room?
- Will limited mobility or other factors affect how we access each room?
- Do we need dedicated areas for hobbies, study, or at-home work?
The answers to these questions will not only assist you immensely while choosing a floor plan or adding furnishings and décor to your home. They will also save you trouble in the long run by allowing you to think through each decision you make during the home space planning process. Defining each space’s purpose will also enable you to arrange furniture in a way that makes the room easy to navigate.
Strategic Placement of Outlets and Switches
Whether you’re purchasing a quick-move-in home or building a new house, the placement of your electrical outlets and switches can greatly impact the efficiency of your space. For instance, an ill-placed outlet in the kitchen could mean your favorite appliance can’t be used where counter space allows. Or, not having enough outlets in the bedroom can throw off the balance of your lighting. And the last thing you’d want is for your wall-mounted television to not have an outlet nearby.
Therefore, being strategic when determining where your outlets and switches will be placed is crucial. When home space planning, envision where you’ll be utilizing your appliances, entertainment devices, and other electronics to ensure you aren’t frustrated in the future.
Lighting Makes a Difference
An often overlooked yet vital aspect of home space planning is ensuring each room has sufficient lighting. This will determine how you configure your furniture, as well as how many additional lighting fixtures you’ll have to install. During this phase, many homeowners decide whether they’ll be adding or replacing windows, which should be facing in the direction that yields the most sunlight. They’ll also determine which types of artificial lighting to install, from chandeliers and recessed lighting to table lamps, floor lamps, and more.
Enjoying Your Optimized Home
By utilizing these home space planning tips, you can prevent future headaches that result from the inability to function efficiently in your new home. If you’re still searching for your perfect home or have any other questions about planning your space, contact W.B. Homes today. We are proud to serve Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County as a leader in home building and are standing by to walk you through your options.