From the perspective of the of floor plan considerations, it doesn’t matter if you are designing your home yourself, are using a designer or an architect because no matter what option you are going with, you yourself still need to know the basics of good floor plan design. If you don’t, you won’t be able to tell good work from bad work and won’t be able to make sound decisions about the interior design of your future home. Most design flaws occur from not addressing a number of important elements.
The first of those elements is lifestyle. To be comfortable for you, your home needs to fit your criteria. Some families like an open plan. Some like privacy. If you live a formal lifestyle, you will probably need a formal living room and a formal dining room. If you do a lot of entertaining and spend a lot of time in the kitchen, an open kitchen and a living room combo may be a good choice for you.
Next, think about schedules of different family members and try to predict daily foot traffic. Areas that you want to pay attention to include hallways, formal areas, kitchen and bathrooms.
Noise is the next element. Pay attention to the location of the bedrooms. Bedrooms are for sleeping and rest, so make sure that they are not surrounded by noisy areas such as the living room, laundry, garage and home office. If you have a large family, make sure that bathrooms are located all around the house so that you don’t hear a flushing toilet in the main bathroom next to your bedroom all night every night.
You also want to have a lot of closets, pantries and cabinets for storage.
Finally, you want to be able to get outside in such a way that doesn’t make you go around the entire home every time an makes a logical sense.