25 Tips to Floor Plan Per­fec­tion

Room-by-room ad­vice for de­sign­ing a tim­ber home that fits your life­style.

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Room-by-room ad­vice for de­sign­ing a tim­ber home that fits your life­style.

You’ve been dream­ing of your tim­ber home for years, clip­ping pho­tos and ar­ti­cles from mag­a­zines, doo­dling de­signs on slips of pa­per. You’ve imag­ined the place­ment of the great room fire­place, the con­fig­u­ra­tion of your break­fast bar, even the size and shape of your walk-in closet. Think you’ve cov­ered it all? Chances are, some­thing has slipped your mind. A poor floor plan de­ci­sion can have a big im­pact on how you use your rooms, and it can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween a dream home and dis­ap­point­ment. We con­sulted with four de­sign ex­perts — rus­tic-de­sign au­thor Ralph Kyl­loe, ar­chi­tects Ed­ward Carr and Den­nis Lip­pert and floor plan colum­nist Kather­ine Salant — for tips on max­i­miz­ing space and func­tion in five es­sen­tial rooms. Here’s what they had to say.

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