Floor Plan Mis­takes & Fixes

Timber Home Living - - Special Design Section -

Four de­sign ex­perts share com­mon de­sign mis­takes and how to avoid mak­ing them in the first place.

1. Ne­glect­ing the porches.

Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, ar­chi­tect Ed­ward Carr says, “A shed-roofed porch that’s ac­ces­si­ble through French doors and is about 7 feet deep with a flat ceil­ing (flat ceil­ings re­flect light bet­ter than slop­ing) ush­ers good light into the house. Plus, a deeper porch pro­vides plenty of space for a ta­ble and seat­ing.”

2. Over­look­ing the garage en­try.

Ac­cord­ing to syn­di­cated home­design colum­nist Kather­ine Salant, “The for­mal en­try shouldn’t be the only place to hang coats, back­packs and other items. Since many of us en­ter through the garage, plan an en­try space there for those items so that the home’s in­ner sanc­tum re­mains clut­ter free.”

3. In­suf­fi­cient head­room at the top of a stair­case.

Ar­chi­tect Den­nis Lip­pert says this of­ten can be a big over­sight. “Plan at least 6 feet 8 inches of head­room along the steps and land­ings, and at least 3 feet for width, with ex­tra room al­lowed for rail­ings,” he ad­vises. Bonus: Open stairs make it eas­ier to move fur­ni­ture.

4. Pack-rat fever.

The big­gest prob­lem Ralph Kyl­loe sees isn’t a de­sign prob­lem at all. It’s an ac­cu­mu­la­tion prob­lem. “Peo­ple are in­sa­tiable col­lec­tors,” Ralph says. Ev­ery­thing you own doesn’t have to be on dis­play. So­lu­tion? Al­low for large clos­ets and plenty of stor­age space in the base­ment.

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