I read something on the forum, somewhere, about it being difficult for non-experienced purchasers to walk-through a floorplan.
In your opinion, what makes for a "perfect" floorplan?
Loving these posts and ideas... there is so much that rides on your particular style, taste and what you need. For sure watch out for large squarefootages that dont provide much living capabilities, aka wasted space. Especially because maininence fees are based on square footage. Some points to think about when living in small spaces:
1. Remember your paying for your amenites so use them, so often I find that the common rooms are empty or only have a few people.
2. Think about what you own, then throw out about 50% of it, because you probably dont need it, never wear it, or hate it anyway.
3. Closets are not just great for the storage of the stuff you should keep, but they are good for sound buffers, look for plans that have closets between the sleeping areas and living areas if you are living on your own.
4. Look at the over all plan!!! units that are beside garbage shutes, not fun, units by stairwells: awesome.
5. Be wary of 'breakfast bars', sometimes they add this in because its generally thought this adds efficiency, but when removed a actual table could fit in its place... think about how you will use the space, are you entertaining, etc?
6. Walk in closet to the ensuite... love the noise reduction from this layout
7. Make sure there is a door to your bathroom from the main living area... I know strange, but some layouts only have ensuites.
8. Rectangle plans are often the easiest to work with, but dont be afraid of irregular plans, as you gain excitement. also... SCALE: please stop trying to fit your large home 200+ square ft furnature in a 800 sqft apartment... just get beautiful new condo sized furniture, you will still fit on it, and it will make your space feel better.
9. I'll say it again, windows... everyone loves them= better resale value
10. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER: and one of the most important things I learnt in design school... living is 3D, floor plans are only one part. Check where the lighting is going to be, Check the overhead storage, check the overhead bulkheads, check where your outlets are going to be, can you really make that nook into an office? How tall are your ceilings, door heights? Think about the whole picture.
Love this !