House Floor Plans Layout
Planning House Traffic
Planning floor traffic through your home can greatly increase convenience. You will have to take into account how your house is situated, the view, terrain, size etc. The traffic flow will never be perfect, but try to follow as many of the floorplans guidelines below as you can. Shown is a very simple one story floor plans layout with floor traffic flow arrows. Your floorplans layout may not be this simple but you'll get the idea.
If you are planning single story floor plans in your house, it is cost effective to have the plumbing fixtures share a common wall whenever possible as they do in bath 1 & 2 above. Plumbing walls should be built with 2x6 rather than 2x4 to allow room for the plumbing lines. If planning two story house floor plans, or a basement with a bath, try to line up the plumbing wall with another plumbing wall above or below, or at least get them close.
Following are some minimum and recommended room sizes for floor plans. The Federal House Authority recommends at least the minimum. Of greater importance is that your furniture will fit. Use paper cutouts of your furniture to lay on the floor plans. Perhaps a better idea is to buy a plans kit which may include miniature Styrofoam cutouts of furniture and other items to actually build yourself a model of your home.
There are low cost computer programs available for the home PC user. While the developers claim the software is easy to use and design floor plans with, I have found that it takes more time to learn the use of the software than it would take to draw floorplans by hand or build a model of floor plans from a kit. The vast majority of people I know that have tried them have given up in frustration and have used another alternative to design their house plans.
If you expect to design more than one set of floor plans however, these programs may be worth the time to learn them, and they can be fun.