Room-by-room planning can be made easier with the use of this handy twelve-step planner. This handy planner was created by Jennifer Lewis-Jones, author of the hit coffee table book “The Big House.” Room-by-room planning is a practical way to organize and plan your home, one room at a time. This process is often overlooked by homeowners and home makers, but will yield better results than conventional methods such as building rooms one at a time and packing things into boxes.
Step One: Plan. You have to make a plan of how you want the space to work. Is it going to be a bedroom, a second living room, a guest room or a study? What functions will the room serve? How much square footage do you have to work with? What kind of material would you like to use?
Step Two: Draw Your House Plan. With a pencil and pad of paper, plan the layout of your new room on graph paper, using a scale drawing if necessary. Note how much square footage you have to work with; most home plans are in square footage. Use these numbers to determine the dimensions of the room that you will build.
Step Three: Choose a Floor Plan. If you are planning to build more than one room, you need to choose a floor plan and work with that in your home project plans. In a two-bedroom home, a master bedroom may be the biggest room and the kids’ rooms the smallest, so plan accordingly for each.
Step Four: Locate Walls. There should not be walls between the living area and bedrooms or the dining or family areas. In a two-bedroom house, a large living room makes the best choice for wall space. If your house is large, consider splitting the bedrooms into single beds. If the children are young, consider including a small guest room that has its own bed and can be converted into an adult bedroom when needed.
Step Five: Wall Units. A wall unit is a trim of wood, metal, or tile designed to cover one wall in a building. These come in many shapes and sizes and provide privacy when closed, or open to allow light and air to filter through.
Step Six: Interior Trim. The final step involves trimming the outside and inside of the walls. The inside trim can be used to create an entryway or define a bedroom, and the outside trim is useful as a dividing wall between the living area and the dining area. Examine the entire living area to see where you will fit your new additions.
Step Seven: Fixtures. You can add this step when the house has already been built or very soon. The choice of faucets and bathroom fixtures should be simple and functional. Consider using the same style and material as the exterior trim, so that the house continues to look coherent.
Step Eight: Fixtures by Particular Designer. A few designers specialize in creating customized furniture. Work with a local designer to plan the layout and materials for the living area. You may choose to select a particular character for the layout, such as a French farmhouse, Country cottage, Italian farmhouse, etc.
Step Nine: Fixtures by Exterior Designer. Once you have an idea of the layout, select an exterior designer to create the interior design. Exterior designers often work with architects to create spectacular outdoor environments. They help to plan the landscaping and use creative ideas to create a unique setting. This is often the simplest way to increase living space and make the most of the limited space in the living area.
Step Ten: Measure the Living Space. You need to know the precise dimensions of the room before you proceed to plan the interior design. This makes it easier to create an accurate plan. Include existing windows, doors, cupboards, countertops, floors, accessories, rugs, etc. Take into account the layout of the stairs, entrance and exits.
Step Eleven: Draw the Design. The final step is drawing the design on paper. This is not a hard and fast rule but simply a means of ensuring that every aspect of the living area is included. It is important that every square inch of living space be considered for planning purposes.