Jul 08, 2019 3:50 pm
After much consideration, we decided to scrap plans for a single storey and how opting to go with a double storey design.
As this is our first attempt at building, so pardon my ignorance!
Please see the attached images of the floor plan that we have decided upon.
Basically, looking at your feedback regarding any changes / suggestions with the given floor plan. We are not in a position to make any (substantial) structural changes but would love to hear your comments about cosmetic changes or suggestions.
Thanks in advance!
Re: Help with North facing double storey design5
Jul 08, 2019 7:54 pm
Im intrigued about the dbl entry door opening onto the stairwell??? Im not sure that makes sense
True, hence thinking of having single (but wider ) door with a side frosted glass panel
Re: Help with North facing double storey design6
Jul 08, 2019 7:55 pm
It’s ok...it just helps though as windows and eaves can be easily adjusted to make best use of orientation. Will reply with some thoughts later on when I have some time
Re: Help with North facing double storey design8
Jul 09, 2019 9:18 am
Minor thing, but is floor-space tight? Because I can guarantee you'll never use the small balcony over the porch, which makes that piece of suspended corridor getting to it from the rumpus a bit wasted.
Re: Help with North facing double storey design9
Jul 09, 2019 10:35 am
My suggestions would be to change the entry door to a single door that swings opposite to the stairs. With regards to the front balcony if you're likely to use it I'd keep it, it faces north and will get a lot of great winter sun! Same with the Rumpus. If I were you I'd maximise the window in the rumpus and sliding glass door to the balcony.
There are minimal windows facing west which is also good.
Just a personal preference, I think it's a total waste having a double sink to the downstairs powder room / guest ensuite.
I noticed there is no linen storage downstairs or near the laundry, perhaps you could add a small linen cupboard into the walk in pantry accessible from the laundry?
Hope this helps!
Re: Help with North facing double storey design12
Jul 09, 2019 9:19 pm
I’m just starting with the ground floor....and this is all just personal preferences, so don’t any offence as my needs might be fairly different to your own.
I think having a spare room on the front north aspect is waste. I would convert to a study/living area and also get rid of the east window (not needed really) and enlarge that north window....possibly with light grey toned glazing for privacy. Then I would convert the bathroom nearby to a decent ground floor area for everyone to easily access. The WIR area could be just a good WIL
Laundry...not much if any storage and there is some wasted space near the external door...maybe a broom cupboard? Width @1500 is marginal...another 100mm would be useful here. I would also reverse hinge on external laundry door to swing out. Better for weather sealing too.
WIP...I would keep the fridge space as is, but just run a long bench with overheads etc along the north wall. Forget about trying to wrap around the corners. 1500mm is just enough space for reasonable movement, but make sure bench width is no deeper than 600mm. Be careful with standard CSD doors @720....you actually only get 660 or so. I would upspec to a ‘flush to jamb’ version, to ensure full opening width there.
Kitchen....I would extend width of east window. Probably best light at least in mornings, and assuming overheads above being low height consider going wider to allow more light.
Living....why so long? With west wall I would maybe run 2 x highlight windows (tinted) maybe 500-600 tall and around 2410 width is still fine. This way they still offer some light and cross ventilation but being shorter you can place furniture easier and reduces hot west sun during hotter periods. Also do you need a big sliding door at the back east wall? Remember every bit of glass you add on east, west and south aspects is reducing your thermal efficiency.
So in summary for ground floor, I would convert bed to study, remove WIR, convert bathroom for easier access. Give some more space and storage to laundry, and reduce some west and east glazing....except in kitchen maybe?
One more thing...remember internal changes are pretty easy in design stage and cheap if you are not adding too much in the way of plumbing etc.
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