This ensures a good floor plan
The number of square meters is important for how much space it is in the home.
But just as important how well the square meters are utilized.
Many people live tight and this can lead to stress.
If you have space problems in the apartment, a new and better floor plan can solve the challenge.
The magazine Bonytt has got three experts to describe what characterizes a good floor plan.
Read more at the bottom of the case.
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– The apartments are becoming less flexible
But ceilings, lightning and material usage can make a difference.
Eli Støa is Professor of Housing and Settlement at the Faculty of Architecture and Visual Arts at NTNU. She has been researching Norwegian housing for a number of years, and is now conducting a project on the importance of housing qualities in Norwegian asylum reception.
Does new housing have a poorer floor plan?
– Yes. The overall picture is that the quality of the apartment plans is poorer. Among other things, it means that the floor plans have become less flexible.
What makes the apartments less flexible?
– Small bedrooms. It often means that they can only be used as bedrooms and can only be furnished in one way. Everything that happens outside must happen in the living room or in the living room. For a family with children, it means everything happens in one place. By the late 1800s, the rooms were more generous, and could be more easily adapted to different needs. Many of these apartments have been found to be at least as useful today as they were over a hundred years ago.
How can you assess whether a floor plan is flexible or not?
– The size and size of the spaces are recorded. The smarter the rooms are, the less flexible they are. Often, the only flexibility you have is which furniture you can put in. Often the windows are also placed in a way that locks the apartment. The lines of movement in an apartment are important for the usability of the rooms. In many new apartments the living room is a viewing room. It limits the possibilities for how the living room can be furnished and used.
Why are flexible floor plans important for book quality?
– Flexibility means that the accommodation is suitable for more residents. It also provides more furniture and utilities for those living there.
But can not a customized floor plan be optimal for the person living there?
– Yes, but as the needs change, whatever will change optimally. There is a difference between being one and two, living with and without children, young children and larger children. You can move, it’s also a form of flexibility, but it’s not good that you are forced to move from an area you enjoy because the accommodation is not flexible enough.
What other factors should you look for?
Good plan solutions often have more zones with different architectural means. For example, ceilings or floor level variations, lighting and material usage. It allows for richer sensory experiences, which is possible to achieve in quite small areas.
– It’s about planning, not about money.
It’s very popular to put the guest toilet in the hallway, as if you want to say “Welcome to my toilet”.
Cathrine Vigander is a partner of the architectural firm Element Arkitekter, which is responsible for the award-winning housing project Dælenenggata 36. She is also a driving force in raising the quality of homes that are being built today.
What is particularly negative with many of today’s floor plans?
– Many new apartments have too much time or corridor, ie areas used for transportation only. In Norway, it is also very popular to put the guest toilet in the hallway, as if you want to say “Welcome to my toilet”. The best part is to be able to come in and look through a window. This is mostly about good planning, not about money.
Is reviewing an absolute quality?
– If you have transit lights, you can look from one end to the other end of the residence, and that is positive. But one may be misled to believe that the apartment has floodlights without the experience in practice. Deep apartments usually have windows at each end, but often in each room, and maybe with a door between them. Then you get no effect from the passing beam. Even I prefer rooms that are illuminated from adjacent walls, as you get in corner apartments.
What is a typical shortcoming in today’s floor plans?
– Lack of shelter and closet space. It should be built more integrated storage. In order to satisfy today’s requirements for a certain number of gauge cabinets per. bed, you often get a cabinet of 210 cm with a 30 cm dust shelf over. It would be more effective if these cabinets were integrated from the beginning.
What do you mean are universal book qualities – and what is your taste and pleasure?
– Light and air is universal, it affects people consciously or unconsciously. But living is also very individual. People prefer different products and colors. Some want the bedroom to the east, others to the west, some want big, others want a bit less.
Do you think styling of homes can help the consumer emphasize the wrong qualities?
Occasionally styling can be manipulative, but in essence, I think styling and furnishing seem conscious. Many people find it hard to imagine how to furnish, and good styling helps you see opportunities.
“You can influence a lot of yourself.
The absence of walls can be a problem in new homes.
Interior Architect Cecilie Claussen works with public projects and private homes. She is particularly concerned with the steps you can take to raise the quality of your home.
Are there significant quality differences on floor plan in new versus old homes?
– No, I do not think so. It is much up to yourself how to choose and implement the solution. But the absence of walls can be a problem in new homes, at least walls that are suitable for storage solutions. In older apartments there was often built-in storage space, and that was positive.
What is the first thing you look for when considering the quality of a floor plan?
– Move and space distribution. Moving is about where we are staying, how we move. Then it’s important to observe how my mind moves, where is your social, and you have enough privacy? It is about avoiding the feeling of being shut down. It should seem easy to get around the home, and do not take steady steps to the side.
How can we get this freedom of movement?
– Ensure maximum floor space. Especially in small apartments it is best to decorate with small, slim furniture and place them along the walls. It may be a good idea to use a piece of furniture and make custom-made storage solutions, preferably from floor to ceiling and not just to the middle of the wall. How to free up area on the floor and get the lowest possible dead space.
How do we find the furniture that gives the best flow in the home?
– Cut out cardboard furniture and walk up the trail. Measure up and move around. Then you know if it works or not. I’m afraid that many people choose furniture and furnishings according to what they have and aesthetic preferences, although it does not work so well in everyday life.
Could it not be sensible to ignore functionality to get around with things you like to look at?
– I mean that functionality trumps everything, also considering emotional value. If the home does not work in everyday life, I think you get tired. Just as you quickly get tired of moving in rooms with too little light.