Humans adapt! We adapt to our environment better than almost any living creature, and we can ‘get used to’ a new place in a relatively short period of time. But, is this really what you want to do to with what is typically the largest investment in your life??? Still, it never ceases to amaze me how hard people look for the best ‘deal’ when it comes to planning their budgets for a residential design.
There are literally thousands of ‘home planning’ books on the market where you can find a ‘deal’ on a house design like the one seen here in a recent Grand Rapids Press edition (and yes, I’ve run across a few of these that have the potential to being what I consider a ‘good’ design…about 1 per 1000!), but certain ‘features’ jump off the page at me, and I guess I’ve finally crossed my ‘threshold of pain’, and need to vent a little about why I recommend NOT buying them.
If you must buy one of these ‘things’…here’s a little trick I use when reviewing a floor plan: Picture yourself pulling in the driveway after a bad day at work (yes, that’s BAD day)…because I like to think that when I get home, it’s going to be a pleasant experience!
Picture yourself parking the car, grabbing your groceries, etc…and making your way in the house…now , tell me how many things ‘fail’ in the design?
So here they are, the Top 5 reasons NOT to buy a ‘house off the rack’:
- Number 5: The mud room is typically the smallest, darkest, most un-inviting way to enter the home. Is this really where the King or Queen of the castle want to enter when they arrive? Doubtful!
- Number 4: Most kitchen designs violate the’work triangle’ rule! Draw a triangle between the fridge, sink and stove, and DO NOT HAVE FOOT TRAFFIC GO THRU HERE! Imagine turning around with a hot pan of food from the stove and NOT see someone walking thru the triangle!
- Number 3: The master bath is the furthest thing from the door! Take a look at how far away the K/Q’s ‘throne’ is in this plan!
- Number 2: The front entrance is usually not very functional for guests. Let’s face it…except for trick-or-treaters, how many times do guests actually use your front door?
And the number 1 reason NOT to buy a ‘house off the rack’: Just try and find a site that this thing sits on!!! Orientation is without doubt the leading design feature you should consider. If you want sun in the morning, place this house on your site to make that happen, and see how well the other rooms function or are they going to have a miserable view!
People spend upwards of 7 percent on their realtors (who can get their commission on the SAME house 2 or 3 times in their lives), but tend to ‘balk’ when they hear the architectural fees…which makes the most sense to you?
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Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space. ~ Evan Esar
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