We saved the four best rooms for last… the bedroom, kitchen, home office, and garage.
Bedroom Placement – first and foremost, you want to make sure your master bedroom is on the complete opposite side of the home where the most traffic and noise will be generated. You also do not want it to be over the garage. Other family members will be coming and going when you are sleeping, and the last thing you want is to be woken up when they are coming and going. We would also recommend NOT sharing a common wall with any central living area.
Kitchen Placement – this first thing to consider is how you will use the kitchen. Is this strictly for cooking or do you plan on entertaining in the kitchen as well? Especially if you plan on entertaining a lot, you want to put the kitchen in an area that will not create excess traffic through your main living spaces. We would also recommend putting the kitchen near an entry point that is close to where you can park your car. You may even consider putting in an extra side door specifically with kitchen access. Why? Unloading groceries! A second-floor kitchen in the back of the home may seem like an ideal spot, but lugging groceries through the entire house, up a flight of steps, then back through the house is a decision you will soon regret.
Home Office Placement – first, is this just an office for you to keep track of the home books, maybe some quiet time, or just to read? If that is the case, the placement is far easier than if the office will be used as a home office for actual work. Ideally, you will have that type of office away from all house traffic, treating it more like a master bedroom placement. If you have clients that come to the home office, an access door from the outside would be recommended so you do not have clients walking through the home to get to the office.
Garage Placement – the garage should obviously be on the main level, preferably with direct access to a mudroom or kitchen (see kitchen section above). The garage is going to get a lot of action, so it should be on the opposite side of the home from the master bedroom and possibly even have a tiled entryway leading into the main living spaces where backpacks can be stored and muddy or wet clothes taken off. If this is a regular occurrence, you may even want to consider adding a second washer and dryer in the garage area specifically for these clothes.
That is all we have this week, so we hope these tips helped! Remember, if you are finding it challenging to serve as your own project manager, we offer a variety of services to help. Give us a call today at 888-402-4180 to discuss your custom home build and to see how we can help your dream house come true!