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Mike Roberts came to the Iowa City area from Kirksville, Missouri, in 1982. He obtained his real estate license and established Mike Roberts Construction in 1988. Since that time he has built over 1000 homes in Iowa City and surrounding areas. Mike is a member of the Home Builders Association and he has also enjoyed basketball officiating for over 35 years. Whatever your building requirements or needs are, Mike is here to help. Whether it’s your first home buy or building the ultimate dream home, Mike will help your family achieve those goals. Mike Roberts Construction truly “Builds the American Dream.”



House Plans Iowa City

Carefully Map Your Home Plans

If you plan on building a home in Iowa City, Iowa in the future and have no house plans, you’re making a grave error. High-quality blueprints and designs can ensure that your home is built to your exact specifications and that it utilizes all of the elements that you want. Most importantly, you need to use plans to create an accurate understanding of your house.

Therefore, you need to understand the various elements that make up a floor plan and why you shouldn’t try to implement one on your own. Trying to build a house based on a floor plan without the proper planning is likely to cause serious issues, such as an imbalanced house or one with rooms that are unattractive or too small or large for your needs.

Properly Plan Your Rooms

House plans should set up all of the rooms that are available in a home – these include living, sleeping, and service areas. No matter how you use a room in your house, it should fall under at least one of these headings. Typically, you’ll split your time into these areas depending on the time of the day, such as going to bed in sleeping areas at night or during the day.

Understanding each of these room types will help you better understand the elements that make up a home and how to use them to create a comfortable and relaxing living environment. Just as importantly, they can let you know what to expect from specific areas of the house and create a great place to sleep and relax. Let’s breakdown each room type to give a look at what to expect:

  1. Living – Living spaces are those that you’ll spend a majority of your waking time inside of in your home. These include all living rooms – particularly places with televisions and couches – dining rooms, entryways, lounges, and much more. The variety of necessary rooms will vary depending on your needs, so make sure that you take the time to implement as many as you want.
  2. Sleeping – These rooms are self-explanatory for the most part, as they’ll consist of your bedrooms and other areas where you might nap. For example, you may have a game room with a couch where you like to relax during the day. However, sleeping areas also consist of closets, which will hold a majority of your clothes and other elements of your house, such as sleepwear and books.
  3. Service – The rest of your home will be broken up into various service rooms – these include your garage, kitchen, bathrooms, utility areas, and more. These rooms typically provide a specific service for your house and are visited only when necessary. Some may verge towards living environments, such as a kitchen with comfortable seating and a television.

Each room in one of these sections must contain adequate workspaces where you can utilize the rooms properly. For example, bedrooms must have ample enough space for a bed. Kitchens will need multiple counters where you can chop, mix, and otherwise prepare your dishes. The exact amount of room will vary depending on the various elements of your house plans.

For example, you may have a limited amount of room in your kitchen due to the appliances that you have installed. These appliances can be tweaked or adjusted as necessary to ensure you get the best results. Just as importantly, you can change other aspects of your home to meet your needs, such as adding larger cabinets for your kitchen to store a broader array of food items.

Consider the Traffic Flow of Your Home

The most crucial element of your plans is likely traffic management, i.e., how people get from one place in your house to another. This traffic should flow smoothly and without interruption or your home may end up being an uncomfortable or annoying place to visit. Just a few elements that you can use to enhance your traffic management include:

  1. Hallways – All of your entrances should connect to various rooms of your house and have at least two outlets, if possible. For example, a long hallway at the end of your home can have an exterior door that can be used either in times of emergency or during warm parts of the season. Make sure that hallways flow logically and are large enough for most types of traffic.
  2. Door Placement – Each room of your home should have one or more doors to improve traffic flow. Typically, house plans have an entry on bathrooms, bedrooms, and other more private areas. However, kitchens, living rooms, and shared spaces may not need a door. However, a doorway can help to set these rooms apart from each other and make them more distinct.
  3. Windows – Try to place rooms with fewer windows on the side of the house that tends to get the most wind. This step will ensure that the wind doesn’t get too wild in your house and also helps to manage other elements of your home. Just as importantly, this step can also help to control the temperature in your home and make it easier to handle if the house gets too hot at any time.
  4. Room Placement – When placing rooms on your plans, you should avoid the common mistake of making it impossible to get to one room without passing through another. This rookie mistake is a concern because you may end up finding that your traffic gets congested at specific areas or that you can’t get peace and quiet in one room because people constantly move through it.

These elements may seem simple on the surface but can be more complicated than they might seem. As a result, you shouldn’t take them for granted when designing your home. Instead, you should contact a professional to manage these issues and make your home more appealing and attractive.

Professionals Can Help You Out

As you can see, your house plans aren’t something that you can take lightly because they utilize a variety of design elements that make them very important for your overall house design. You simply can’t try to create them without the help of experts, or you’ll end up creating a home that is weaker than you’d like and filled with a multitude of errors that may compromise your home’s structural integrity.

So if you need high-quality house plans for your Iowa City, Iowa property, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more about how we can help. Our experts are skilled at identifying your needs and will then implement a myriad of design strategies to ensure that your home gets built to your exact needs as much as possible.

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