For the first time in a long time, I have designed a floor plan that I am extremely happy with. In fact I’d like to move in tomorrow. Here is an overview:
It is a bungalow that is place upon a slope so that the master bedroom, study and guest bedroom are suspended above ground whilst being on a level with the front of the house. I like the idea of bungalows because they are accessible for everyone but prefer a bedroom without people walking past the window personally. It is packed with practical features that would suit my family down to the ground and ideally it would be built on a large plot so that the garden could have an equal amount of cool features.
Although the cantilevered house in this image is too modern in design, it has the same raised section above the lower ground and steps leading down the side to the garden, as in mine. I’m about to launch into a large amount of detail now to help you picture the design I’m imagining- you have been warned!
This kitchen and the way it leads into the dining area and lounge was my main inspiration for this house design, using the main open plan room as the focus for the house. It is a family space for socialising, cooking and entertaining. I love the colours and high ceiling. As you can see from my design, the hob is in the island in my drawing and it has a skylight over a seating area near the utility room. This kitchen lacks a pantry but has enough cupboard space to make up for it.
This angle shows the length of the room and the glass doors that would open onto the veranda in my floor plan. I have added a fireplace at the back of the room and a more interesting shape to the lounge area at the back. There is also a door through to the hallway.
I have these recycling tubs in my current kitchen and love them. You can tuck the recycling out of sight but it’s also very accessible rather than a box outside the kitchen door.
Here is my ideal kitchen/utility door for style and allowing airflow through. I’ve always liked stable doors. There is not as much of a practical element here because we do not have dogs or animals that we would want to keep out whilst being about to allow airflow, but I just love them.
Lots of the rooms to the centre and back of the house have skylights, both to add more natural light and also to provide light with privacy, as in the en-suites, see the image below.
I love the style of this bedroom and the height of the ceiling. I pictured a balcony like this overlooking the garden at the back for sitting in the sunshine in your pjs.
This front door and the stone work is a lovely inspiration photo for the front entrance. I’ve set it back from the main frontage so that it could have an overhanging roof without a porch attachment. In my version there are windows either side of the door as well.
I like this hallway for the amount of storage and the seating for putting on shoes. Winter coats could be stored in the cupboards when out of season. I would have a dresser for keys and letters and mirror opposite for checking makeup and hair before leaving the house.
The veranda leading out from the kitchen has relaxed seating and a stone pizza oven as well as a portable fire pit bbq. This area is for eating outside mainly and is mostly shaded.
The snug next to the courtyard is for movie nights and although it has a large window looking onto the courtyard, it would have a white black out screen to put down for the projector to work. I would have this board outside in the hall to put up the name of tonight’s film.
This is the sort of courtyard I was envisioning, with some seating and plants, open to the air with sliding glass doors. There would be windows all around in my version though to let light into the hallways as well. I would have a stone floor instead of gravel too, for bare feet!
I like sliding doors were possible to save on space, especially in areas where the door is likely to be left open for longer periods, like by the kitchen. Here is an example.
This was my inspiration for the steps down to the garden from the kitchen/utility room. It is in keeping with the stone floors that I’d imagined in the hallways, that would have rugs for warmth and colour. This burst of natural colour is delightful!
I would also like to have a more rustic version of these slide out cupboards built into the garden side of these steps for outdoor gear, since there isn’t a garage space. This is specifically for tents, camping gear, buckets etc. There is a workshop for tools and boots can be kept in the utility room/hall storage.
I would like the house to have excellent insulation to save on heating costs, and for that insulation to be eco-friendly, such as this hay wall filling, left. There would also be skylights on the roof facing south and turf on the shadier roof slopes.
I love taking inspiration from Pinterest for my house designs and adding in lots of practical and personal details to the house plans that would suit our family. Hopefully they give you a better idea of the style of the house and why is laid out this way. Let me know what you guys think!