Planning On designing a House?


Are you looking to build your own house? If the decision is made and you are considering designing the layout we have put together a detailed plan to achieve the house of your dreams.

As a house planner, it is important to take into account the preferences and functioning of your household. Therefore bear in mind that a floor plan will have to be revised a few times as it adapts as you go along the design it.

Step 1: Finding the right property

Determining the amount of living space require is essential in terms of looking for a nice property to develop on. In terms of calculating living space, several points have to be considered. Houses are designed and limited by the requirements of the land-use plan (for example coverage ratio and floor space ratio).

Step 2: Defining the layout of your house

Residential houses are offered in a variety of layouts. The different configurations not only influence the price of the house as well as its appearance each having its own pros and cons.

Single-family house

The layout is meant for a single-family house to live in. Structurally it is detached and is separated from surrounding properties thus not connected to adjacent buildings either structurally or constructively.

Multi-family house –meant several families

Designed as a space that can house multiple families, a multi-family house is also an independent or standalone property is multi-dwelling. It can have a layout plan with two or more floors with independent access to each floor.

The house usually has a garden, parking spaces, a swimming pool, and isolated living areas. Multi-family houses are excellent when constructing together as a family or with friends.

Row House

A row house is a single-family house comprising of two to three floors that align with other homes of the same appearance stacked adjacent to each other (in particular inline), arranged parallel to an internal road for access.

The floors often have split levels, so that a better spatial perception is achieved. Common walls are shared structurally between the adjacent row house which is thicker (laterite) than the internal walls of the home which are typically constructed using bricks. The benefits of a row house are that it priced a lessor than an independent house as the cost of construction is equally distributed to all the units.

Duplex House

The duplex house is a blend between a single-family house and a row house, intended for two families. It consists of two households that are typically a mirror of plans on either side with a dividing wall. Fire protection isolation and sound insulation are required for the partition wall. The splitting wall does not require thermal protection.

Two separate entries and two different stairways are often a hallmark of duplex houses. The two parts of the house appear like that of mirrored image sharing commonalities in the features of the façade and the structure. The layout plan of the rooms can be freely designed within the house.

Bungalow – a house with high standards

A bungalow is a single floor dwelling. Families with young kids often choose to live in a bungalow as they are very open spaces, easy to clean and manage.

Not having a second floor means that it is perfect for seniors and people with disabilities to live in. All planning can be barrier-free in individual rooms. There is usually plenty of space to build laterally therefore a second floor may not be required.

Step 3: Define the house type and finishing

With a house being able to be built in a number of ways it is important to understand the benefits of its usage and also its disadvantages. The type of layout also has an implication on the cost of construction. In addition to the house type, a well-defined budget for the home’s finishing is also equally important. The spending on finishing will determine its quality, looks, and appearance.

Step 4: Definition of the building elements – components for different requirements

Elements on the building include the shape and design of the roofs, number of windows, window shapes and quality of window panes, types of stairways, number of doorways-both internal and external, materials used, or the doors. Bathroom finishings, electrical wiring and types of switches, flooring tiles, wall paint, plumbing lines, and furniture.