How many and how big. These are the typical questions asked by all new
home buyers. What do I consider "appropriate" for the various
rooms in my ideal home? Well... here's the list.
Rooms: How many and how big.
||Moderate size, and sparsely decorated. We
don't spend a lot of (waking) time in this room.
The need for extra
space is minimized by the planned walk-in closet and window seat.
The bed will be Queen-sized at most, and will not need extra room for elaborate
head or foot boards. Room for a well lit dresser and chest or drawers
is desirable. Roof mounted TV on a swivel.
||This is one area we want a little more luxury. Separate shower
and tub, both designed for double occupancy.
Natural light via Skylight. Double vanity with full width
mirror. Separate attached room for toilet with water saving
flush. Pocket doors to save space. Recessed medicine cabinet
fans on timers for each room. Floor drain.
Moderate size, with ample hanging storage for his/hers clothes.
Storage system for sweaters, jeans, socks, jocks etc. Entry from bedroom, and close proximity to laundry equipment (possible
Separate washer/dryer. Tumble washer for water
saving. Deep utility sink for rinsing etc. Built in storage for
cleaning supplies & brooms etc. Hanging space for drying clothes.
Preferably connected to Master closet for ease of hanging clothes, but must
have second full size entrance for replacement of equipment.
This room will not be hidden away behind closed doors or partitions.
Kitchen/dining/living rooms will be designed as an integrated space.
Food preparation will simply be an extension of living room
activities. Cook will be able to view entertainment center. Food
will be stored in wide, but shallow, wall pantry (walk-in not
required). Kitchen space may be demarked with breakfast bar or
Wide counter top for food preparation with integrated
splash guard at rear. Standard oven and electric range tops.
Built-in Microwave (possibly above stove with integrated exhaust
fans). Single sink with disposal. Under-counter high efficiency,
low water dishwasher. Combined fridge freezer with side-by-side
configuration, ice-make and water chiller. Above counter storage for
glasswear, stoneware and storage containers. Below counter storage for
pots pans etc.
Dining space is almost redundant in this home. The only meal consumed
at the dining table is breakfast. This could be easily satisfied by a
breakfast bar or window nook. A dining "Table" is only
required when entertaining, and this rarely happens with more than 6
people. An innovative way to set up a dining space "when required"
Moderate-Large sized room, designed for cozy
comfort. Integrated audio-visual center. Stand-alone or 2 sided
fireplace desirable. Placement of fireplace such that it is effective
while viewing entertainment center. Interior seating will be easily
movable to provide optimal Summer/Winter usage. Deep window seats will
be provided for reading/relaxation.
Large sized room with ample built-in desk space (100 sq
feet). Work areas for 3 people. Built-in book-cases and separate
storage area for stacked file boxes. Independent power circuit for
computer equipment and under-counter cable path for signal and power
wiring. Recessed over-desk lighting.
Moderate sized room near the guest bathroom.
Wheelchair accessible with double bed. Built-in wardrobe.
This will be a wheelchair accessible bathroom with
shower, toilet and vanity. The shower will be fitted with a transfer
seat. Room will use a pocket door.
This will be a small area/nook that is well separated
from the rest of the living space and can act as a quite retreat. Likely
access is from the master bedroom. It should have good natural light for
reading or nature watching. Good interior sound proofing is essential.
Although the house is essentially single level, it may be
desirable to use some of the roof area for a loft or catwalk. Possibly
combined with a raised ceiling in the living room. Access to this
space can provided by a spiral staircase, or even captains ladder.
Natural light from skylights or "dormer" style windows would turn
this space into an upper level sun-room. In winter this are is used to
collect solar heat. In summer, the windows/skylights must be able to be
covered with reflective panels or blinds to prevent overheating.
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