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Transcript of Functional FloorPlan
"Designing for the Living areas"
The 6 kitchen shapes
•Rooms that serve a purpose
•Traffic flow throughout the house
(rooms should be laid out in a way that you don’t have to walk through a bedroom to get to a living room.
•Plenty of storage
•Minimal wasted corners, landings, or seating areas
Designing a Functional Floor Plan
3 types of entrances:
Students will learn about the essential parts of a functional floor plans and begin to explore the requirements of a
The Living Space:
Drawing a floor plan
How to indicate a door
Knowing which door to draw.
How to indicate sliding glass doors.
a Functional Floor Plan?
The Problem with floor plans that are not functional:
- Too much wasted space
- Rooms or parts of the room that serve no purpose
- Open areas in places where there wasn’t any flow of traffic –
These floor plan mishaps, take away from the functionality of the design, but also cost money
-square footage still must be heated and cooled.
concept of a Functional floor plan:
planning for the 3 main spaces of a floor plan
The Living space is:
a place where the family gathers, relaxes, meets together and communes.
Then & Now
The living room is now more of a showcase space where we entertain guest.
- Living room
- Family room / Den
- Dining room
- Home offices
- Sun rooms
Not restricted indoors:
- Patio/Decks/and Terraces
Modern Day Plan
Moving away from the closed in living space into a
"Open Floor plan"
Warm up Question:
Considering Your home: How does your family use the living room?
eg: Showcase, Family Entertainment, Storage.
Explain in 2-3 sentences.
How you enter into these spaces?
- Entry :
Every house has at least 1 entry way.
Not every house has a foyer.
"A well designed home will"
A part of a house where one may gain access through the perimeter of the structure.
Functions as a place to
greet guests and remove
Located in the front of house. Impressively designed & Centered.
Should be design in such a way the residents can view "callers" without opening the front door.
Another consideration of the design of the entryway is
Protection from weather.
Use: Sidelights, Glass side panels: Provide visibility and natural light to the foyer.
Is usually connected to the kitchen.
Providing access to the patios, decks or terraces. Sliding glass door are usually used for this entry.
- From Garage to kitchen
- From Garage to utility room
entrance from patio
Back to the Living space indoors.
When Planning the design of a living room you must consider:
1. How the client plans to use the room.
2. The Traffic circulation of the room and the rest of the house.
3. the furniture the client plans to decorate the room with.
4. Where the architectural elements will be placed.
(eg: Windows, Door(interior,exterior), Fireplace, Doorways, Hallways, Columns etc.)
Students will use the information covered in the presentation concerning "Living Spaces"
to sketch 3 floor plans focusing on the Living Space.
1 of the 3 sketches should be the layout of your home.
Consist of : Living room, Dining room, Front Entry, and foyer Can also include: Den, Nook, and Office.
- The shape of the living room
- Open floor plan or a closed in floor plan
- single doors in the front entry or Double doors
- Where the windows, doors, doorways, columns will be
- Furniture desired.
Accompanying the sketches : please describe in words what your drawing is indicating.
2- 3 sentences
What makes a floor plan Functional?
- Front door
- Empties into the " Foyer"
Foyer: Provides access to other rooms of the house through hallways.
(Hallways space should be kept to a minimum)
Functions as: A place to greet guest and remove coats and hang them while you entertain your guest.
a room or building.
in Plan view
bi-fold closet doors
Chapter 13 doors and windows
Lets focus on
one floor plan.
Select the one you want o explore with.
Using Just the...
- dining room
re-draw indicating the
Keep in mind: as you learn about floor plans your design will change.
Building a floor plan from scratch
Important fact about Planning:
Private vs. Public
Bed rooms, Bathrooms, Closets, Dens/Offices
Living room, Dining room, 1/2 Bath/ Powder room, Foyer.
Front part of the house: What they have access to first!
Bed room in the front : serves as a Home Office
Small design Challenge:
You have a client that wants you to renovate the public spaces of his house to provide access to his "Dream Home office"
Currently his house looks like this....
Please show how you would provide room and access to a home office without getting rid of any rooms.
(You can decrease the sqft)
Making good use of the space.
2. The Straight Line