Apartment plans have undergone major transformations over the years, as they tend to follow and respond to the trends, habits and customs of each era. The fact that the living spaces in the apartments are getting smaller, for example, has a lot to do with the lifestyle of this century, the prioritization of practicality and the little time that people tend to spend at home. In addition to accompanying the considerable reduction of space to build in large urban centers, of course! Other examples are the reduction or extinction of the balcony spaces, and the increasing amount of apartment plans that are already developed with integrated kitchen and living room.
An apartment plan also responds to the plurality of families, for example: number of children, single parents or mothers, families where grandparents live alone, single person with a dog, etc.
The floor plan is the first technical drawing presented in an architectural design. It defines the measure of all environments, the distribution of spaces and openings. In this post we have selected several low floor plans, which could give you some inspiration and creative ideas if you are planning to renovate. It also offers some guidelines for anyone looking for an apartment to rent or buy.
It is possible to notice that this is a spacious floor plan because, in addition to single bedroom and suite (which are common rooms in most of real estate) there is also a closet, home office space, and a large balcony with space for rest and barbecue. Large apartment plans are rare these days and are more easily found in high standard developments.
The apartments with two bedrooms and a suite, as is the case of this apartment, tend to provide more comfort for the residents, in addition to several possibilities of use. For example, 3-bedroom apartment plans easily serve a couple with children, who also want to have a closet or a work-at-home office. In addition, two other aspects tell us that a flat apartment is wide: the possibility of using a rectangular dining table of 8 seats, and the space of the service area separated from the kitchen by wall or partition door. Generally in small apartment plans there is only one dining bench or a four-seater table, and the service area is by the kitchen.
If you are a person who prioritizes ventilation to natural light as well as contact with the outdoors, you are advised to look for apartment plans with balconies. Before buying an apartment, evaluate whether it gets the morning sun (east) as this is the time of day where the sun is most beneficial and healthy for us and also the spaces of the apartment. Ideally, the rooms are the rooms that receive the morning sun.
Another interesting possibility of apartments with balcony, especially if it is closed with glass, is the integration with the living room environment and the enlargement of the apartment area. This is another trend, especially in new ventures.
For more inspiration on creating the balcony of your dreams, have a look at these tips to transform your balcony.
It is common that many apartments, especially studio apartment floors, do not contemplate the space of the balcony or terrace.
An important issue to be analyzed when purchasing or renting a property from apartment plans is the scale of the design, and the measurements of the furniture that are inserted in the floor plan. It is common to find ventures with very small cabinets and tables, especially in small apartment plans. Attention to this helps you not to buy a property in the plan and, when you visit it, be surprised negatively with the size and space of each room. Whenever possible, visit an apartment decorated to get the real sense of the useful space of the apartment.
In the old days it was common to find kitchen and service area settings well separated from the rest of the house, including the dining room area. With the transformation of the lifestyle which comes with the modern world, the trend is to have multipurpose spaces, which are flexible and dynamic. Therefore, most of the apartment plans are already developed with the integration of the kitchen with the living room, usually through a dining bench with stools, or with a kitchen island.
In studio apartment plans there is usually no wall dividing the living room. This is a solution widely used for apartments with a focus on students and young people in general, because it is very much in line with the trend of increasingly integrated spaces, and the mix between work, home and leisure.
This solution of full integration of the environments is indicated only for studio apartment plans where one or two people live, because a shelf, a panel or wardrobe will not isolate two acoustically well as compared to a wall in a traditional apartment floor.
Luxury apartment floors usually include very comfortable spaces, at least two suites and some luxurious facilities such as: swimming pool, hot tub or hot tub inside the apartment, possibility of using large dining tables, large circulations, large number of bathrooms and a space with exclusive use for a walk-in closet.
The smaller the amount and size of circulation spaces, the better (especially in apartment plans with 2 rooms). Corridors are only transitional spaces, and they generally do not allow any use or installation of furniture. In small apartment plans architects usually prioritize spaces that connect with one another without the need for long corridors or large areas of movement.
In 60sqm apartment plans it is common for the room to become a multipurpose room for the family. On the ground floor of this apartment it is possible to see a mobile workbench, which besides being a support for the home office, can also be a dining bench. This is another trend: the use of hybrid furniture (which has double function in one or more spaces).
An interesting solution for simple apartment plans is the integration of the living room with the balcony, both to extend the space, and to be able to shelter another use in the apartment. Another relevant aspect that the architect took into consideration in this case was to provide a small space to store the bike. For many people, especially young people, cycling is part of everyday life. Therefore, even if the apartment is small and simple, it is important that these small details are included in the project.