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Old December 29th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Your ideal floor plan

What are you looking for in an ideal floor plan in a skyscraper apartment?

Here is my check list
- as little hall way as possible, preferably none
- entering the apartment in the living room
- walk in closet in your bedroom
- ensuite bathroom
- no small rooms

Here is a compact (60 m2) floor plan that could be quite allright to me:

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Old December 29th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #2
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It doesn't have an ensuite bathroom
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Old December 29th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #3
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Well, I prefer two bedrooms. Just in case someone is staying over.
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Old December 29th, 2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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For me, it depends on the location and what stage of life I'm in. If it's a skyscraper close to work, where I know that I'll live alone, then I am mostly concerned with having floor to ceiling windows, I don't even need a bedroom, a studio will do. If it's something more permanent, where I'll spend a few years and will live with a girlfriend or a wife, then I'll need a 2 bedroom, in which case I also need a hallway, where people can take their clothes off. One bedroom would have to be my personal space.

I have also been thinking about redefining the use of residential interior space. I don't think that our classical "bedroom" and "living room" plan is a pinnacle of optimization and efficiency. I'm leaning towards a bedroom that serves a double function as an entertainment room while a living room is completely redefined (it has no tv, no sources of entertainment) and where furniture is strategically placed to stimulate productivity and closeness (if you don't live alone) - "working stations" would face one another, creating psychological pressure for you to be productive or to engage in more meaningful interactions than you normally would if lying on the couch with a tv turned on. The latter is also important, but it is limited to bedroom. Anyway, this is a work in progress for now.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 03:21 AM   #5
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floor plan of my apartment. not that it's my ideal floor plan but it works for me..
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Old December 31st, 2012, 01:13 AM   #6
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It would also be better with a kitchen satellite counter, without the wall between the kitchen and the coats cupboard; that would give a better impression of space.

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Old January 1st, 2013, 09:05 PM   #7
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Well, I prefer two bedrooms. Just in case someone is staying over.
I prefer more the kind of 'someone staying over' that would be using my bedroom


(Seriously though: I do have a 2Br apartment and I like it for the exact same reason)
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 01:05 AM   #8
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I have a one-bedroom apartment but I have 2 beds in my room. I usually have friends sleeping over and we share beds, I never had one person sleeping over, it's always 3 or 4 people at a time.. so if you look at the floor plan I posted above, you could see how cramped my room is..
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 03:10 PM   #9
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- small, semi-enclosed foyer
- combined kitchen and dining area
- ensuite
- powder room
- small den/office (or smaller secondary bedroom)

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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:09 PM   #10
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Soon to be mine:

[IMG]http://i48.************/1zqejwx.jpg[/IMG]

open kitchen, balcony accessible from all rooms, large bedroom and a small one which will be more like an office, quite a bit of storage room (berging).
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:01 AM   #11
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Well, I prefer two bedrooms. Just in case someone is staying over.
Same here. I also prefer two badrooms for that purpose.

My preferred layout is having all rectangular rooms with 2 bedrooms and preferably 2 bathrooms (1 inside the master bedroom). A balcony is optional. I prefer a separate kitchen mainly for my wife who loves to cook and needs a lot of space for all here pans and spices.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:02 AM   #12
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Soon to be mine:

[IMG]http://i48.************/1zqejwx.jpg[/IMG]

open kitchen, balcony accessible from all rooms, large bedroom and a small one which will be more like an office, quite a bit of storage room (berging).
Looks awesome. Fantastic long balcony! For the most part matching my ideal layout!
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 11:15 AM   #13
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quite a bit of storage room (berging).
My take on storage is that either you use something regularly, or you toss it out. Every time you keep something just in case, you'll find that the only case you'll see it again is when you're moving out of the house. I'm probably going to use that storage space as a walk-in closet.
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Yes, I'll probably also throw away quite a bit of stuff when I move in. On the other hand, a lot of less valuable items from my collection may go in there.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 09:20 PM   #15
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Here is another nice one. Same tower, but smaller floor area.
Nice walkthrough toilet and bathroom.
The long bedroom is ideal for a walk in closet.
The hall is minimal in size.

[IMG]http://i47.************/15s4p3a.jpg[/IMG]
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:23 PM   #16
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^ that's indeed a clever floor plan, especially giving the loo two doors is a clever way of saving hallway space.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 06:02 PM   #17
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My take on storage is that either you use something regularly, or you toss it out. Every time you keep something just in case, you'll find that the only case you'll see it again is when you're moving out of the house. I'm probably going to use that storage space as a walk-in closet.
I also don't like to keep unused stuff, but there are some things i sometimes use i cannot to trow away everytime. Like tools, a vacuum cleaner, seat cussions, a gourmet set, or tax papers (i hate those especially). I don't want to see those things everytime in our bedroom or living room, so a storage room will do fine to keep those things out of sight.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #18
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Here is my check list
- as little hall way as possible, preferably none
- entering the apartment in the living room
Personally, I think the enter door right in the living room is not a great idea. I have friends who live in such an apartment and in their living room there is always a little chilly because of the outdoor air that is let in every time someone enters of leaves the apartment. Therefore I believe a small hall way is a must-have in our climate.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 08:52 AM   #19
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Front door down the hall from main living areas. Closer means passers-by can hear me and I can hear them.

Washer and dryer not too close to bedroom in case you want to run one at night.

Kitchen should be open, and should have a wing or island where a large cutting board can sit. I have to be able to see the TV from there.

For noise, my bed should be a long way from the window. It should be against an interior non-shared wall for the same reason.

A balcony is good just so I have the option to be outside, even if I almost never am.

Ideally the unit should face north or northeast due to the sun. It should be on either a quiet street or the quiet side of the building or both. I'm referring to any restaurant/bar noise, parking (idiots who beep their cars), and dogs.

My current condo was picked with all this in mind, though unfortunately it faces southwest, so the blinds are often tightly shut on days off.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #20
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Soon to be mine:

[IMG]http://i48.************/1zqejwx.jpg[/IMG]

open kitchen, balcony accessible from all rooms, large bedroom and a small one which will be more like an office, quite a bit of storage room (berging).
That is quite a good layout. Although one of the bedrooms looks very small. If I was going to have an apartment all bed rooms would need to be double, and it would have to have at least 2 bedrooms just in case I have guests.
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