December 21st, 2015
The holidays can be the most telling time of year in terms of the functionality of your home. We often “make do” or “work around” a poorly planned kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedroom or bathroom, but during the holidays it’s hard to overlook the dysfunctional layout of your home.
The Hearndon Construction team ensures that our floor plans, designs and features always keep home living in mind! A beautiful home is great, but a functional home is invaluable.
Things that can make or break your home’s functionality:
- Flow – The flow of a home is essential to its functionality. Not only from room room-to-room, but also within each room. Having plenty of space in high-traffic areas and walkways deters clutter and ensures that guests can naturally make their way through your home. The flow of your home also contributes to how you interact with others. A “boxy” home gives the feeling of separation, whereas an open floor plan will bring a sense of cohesion and interactivity between your living spaces.
- Light – Proper home planning can facilitate a functional use of light (both natural and artificial). Whether it be window placement or wiring routes, lighting options should be strategically placed. The lighting in your home will impact the feel, tone and the activities within your home. For example, a room that receives poor natural light in the morning would not be your first choice for morning coffee or exercise.
- Storage – Adequate storage is imperative to a home’s functionality. In the kitchen, a lack of cabinet and counter space can make cooking and entertaining dysfunctional. Other tasks such as cleaning and laundry are also dependent on having proper storage options.
- Space for Guests – During the holidays it may become more apparent than ever that your seating and sleeping options are limited. If you are searching for a new home, make sure you account for how often you entertain guests and how many seats will be needed for everyone to interact comfortably. A spacious floor plan can accommodate more furniture whereas a small, cramped floor plan will make your home less functional. Also contributing to your home’s functionality is the space and privacy for guests.
- Energy Efficiency – Your home’s energy efficiency goes beyond your appliances. Your windows, insulation, lighting and more can severely impact both the efficiency and functionality of your home. We take pride in providing cutting-edge technology that keeps your home functioning at a low cost with minimal energy wasted.
Learn more about our functional floor plans and designs today!
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