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4 Space Planning Basics which every Homeowner Needs to Know

4 space planning basics which every homeowner needs to know

What is space planning

Space planning involves taking a room’s size, requirements and functions into consideration before deciding the placement of home interior objects. This is to achieve the goal of a comfortable room that is functional, flexible and efficient. Such a process involves having the knowledge of furniture size and proportion, allowances, understanding of space adjacencies and relationships before allocating and dividing the interior spaces to meet needs of homeowners.

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Why is space planning important

Before you decide on the home interior design, it is important that you complete a proper space planning exercise for your home. This is because space planning is the first step towards building an efficient and functional home as it maximizes all the available interior home space. Therefore, space planning is the most vital aspects of interior design since getting this step right will make a huge impact on how you live, work, play and interact with each other at home.

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The basic aspects to consider during the space planning exercise include the following…

A) Duration of Stay
What is the duration of the home ownership? A family’s needs evolves overtime. 

B) Inhabitants
What is the number of people using the room at any one time?  What is the demographics of these people? What is the age and their size and height? Are there people who require special needs? Are there any house pets?

C) Purpose
What are the primary and secondary functions of the room? Does it have to pull double duty due to lack of space? Which areas are considered public and private areas?

D) Physical Attributes
Is there a natural flow from room to room? Where is the placement of the windows? Is there sufficient lighting? Is the apartment West sun facing? Where are the locations of the electrical outlets, air con trunking and so on?

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Only after these questions have been adequately explored and addressed, you can then begin to move onto the planning of the home design theme. In fact, the answers to these questions will consequently influence the type and amount of furnishing such as lighting, furniture and so on that you should use for your home renovation.

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How is space planning done

Space planning is usually done on a scaled floor-plan. However, there are a few software and even online services available which can assist you during the space planning process. The popular ones include Planner 5D and Floor Planner which is free!

Home Renovation Professionals are trained in Space Planning

It is recommended that you hire an experienced home renovation professional since he or she has been trained in space planning. In addition, these home renovation professionals have the necessary practical, hands-on expertise to manage spaces efficiently in numerous ways.

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