I just got a call from someone who is going to be building a small additional house at the back of his property. Four hundred square feet on each of two floors.
The architect hasn’t started yet, and I told the person that they were contacting me at the perfect time for efficiency. I said that to begin with I would send them a short list of things for the architect to be aware of so that we could save some redo later.
Once I got through with it I thought it would be a good idea to share it further. So here’s the short list:
- There should be no more than four outside corners. The building should be a square or rectangle (when viewing the outside of the floor plan).
- The front door should be quite obvious.
- Bathroom location:
- Bathroom must touch an outside wall, and preferably have an openable window to the outside. (You don’t want one that is positioned like the one in the illustration in this post.)
- Bathroom should not be in the far left corner of the home, based on walking in from the front door.
- Stairs should not be in a direct line with the front door.
- Stairs should touch an outside wall somewhere.
- No spiral stairs.
- Also, try not to locate the stove directly next to or across from the sink or refrigerator.
- Specify bullnose corners for the sheetrock.