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One of the most common questions I receive from homeowners who are considering remodeling is where to get room addition floor plans. It isn’t a matter of just getting a floor plan, but getting the right one for you that will work with the rest of the home.

Here are 5 tips for room additions that I like to share with anyone who is looking for inspiration:

1. Make your addition match the scale and style of the rest of your home. If you have a modern home – add modern rooms, if you have a country style home then a country style addition makes the most sense.

2. Work to make sure every area of the room has a purpose. Is it for movement of people,  a quiet reading nook, storage, to add a sense of space, etc. It is important to do this for two reasons – first is to maximize the functionality of the room and second, to challenge yourself, your architect, or contractor to get the best design possible. If you can’t say what a specific area of the room is for, and clearly want and need the space for that purpose, then maybe a different floor plan is in order.

3. Avoid hall ways. This just my opinion, but I think hallways are generally a waste of space, and often times they originate from someone who has given up on getting a good design. Now hallways certainly have their place in a home. They are great for giving some privacy to bedrooms and they are great for transition spaces, but to maximize your use of space in the addition, try really hard to minimize their length.

4. Doors, doors and doors. I think often times doors are overlooked as a great opportunity to add flexibility to a floor plan. One extreme is using a 32″ standard door between a kitchen and dining room. It maybe great for a small elegant dinner or when you want to separate the 2 rooms, but what happens when you want a more open space for the visual effect or need to accommodate a lot of people? Instead of the 32″ door – why not use double 32″ doors or pocket doors? This way you get the best of both worlds; open when you need them – closed when you want the rooms separated.

5. Do your research – and model your options. Gather as many photos and floor plans of rooms you like and don’t like. And invest in either floor planning software or cut-to-scale paper furniture pieces to come up with the best floor plan for you home.

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