In two other posts (Bubble Diagrams 1 and Bubble Diagram 2) I have described how you can start a design using bubble diagrams.When you are happy with the bubble diagrams then you can start working on how the floor plan will look.
At this stage use graph paper to make it easy to draw things up quickly and change things. Don’t get too involved with exact dimensions the nearest 200 or 250mm (or foot If you use imperial measurements) should be fine.
This is the plan I came up with based on the bubble diagrams:
The features of this house are:
- A rectangular plan to keep things simple and economical.
- A north facing Passive Solar House with bedrooms lounge and dining room on the north side, all having 2m high windows or patio doors.
- A single small West facing window in the laundry.
- A single narrow East facing window in the bedroom.
- A wood burning stove in the centre of the house with solid brick chimney for thermal mass.
- Bathroom, ensuite, toilet, study all forming a Buffer Zone on the south.
- A car port and fernery was proposed on the south to provide a protective Microclimate.
- Our bedroom at the opposite end of the house to the children.
- Being able to see approaching visitors from the kitchen window.
Once you have got a layout that you can agree on, its time to think about getting it drawn up accurately.
For similar posts see Drawings and Floor Plans