Design Ideas for Large Family Homes

Posted on Nov 2, 2017

The dream of owning a timber frame home is often accompanied by the vision of making memories with your family there. If you have a large family living under the same roof, you will need to consider how to create space to accommodate everyone. While it would be nice to build an enormous home for your family, budget usually dictates the size of your home’s design. If your allotted space is limited, you may have to be more creative in how you dedicate space for your family to gather and sleep. Here are some clever ideas to help you start to balance your dream and your family’s needs with your budget.

Common Areas

Timber frame homes lend themselves to large, open spaces that are ideal for large families. Open concept layouts where the kitchen, living room and dining room all flow into each other allow everyone, no matter where they are, to be part of the moment.

great room opens to patio

While the kitchen and great room are essential to your home, you might save on square footage by eliminating a formal dining room. Many families only use them several times a year. One option is to have informal dining space, like a breakfast bar or dining nook, and using folding tables for big family meals. Or, you could have a multipurpose room for your hobby that can be used as your formal dining room when needed.

You might consider reducing the square footage of your great room as well. Outdoor spaces cost less than indoor ones. Connecting your great room to an outdoor living area, like a covered patio, gives you more useful space while capitalizing on the lower cost per square foot. Basements also cost less per square foot because they do not have as much, or any timber, in them.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

How many bedrooms and bathrooms you need will depend on your family’s size. Does each person need their own room? Will your family continue to grow? Do you need a guest room? No matter how many bedrooms you have, try to make sure everyone has easy access to a bathroom. This could be a full private bath or a simple bathroom with a shower.

If you have several children, there are quite a few ways to conserve square footage in their bedrooms. For example, you can have two larger bedrooms, one for girls and one for boys, rather than individual rooms for each child. The vaulted ceilings in timber frame homes work great for bunk beds and vertical storage.

If you prefer that each child to have their own room, opt for smaller rooms. You can easily incorporate built-in desks for homework somewhere else in your house.

Specially configured bathrooms can limit the number of bathrooms you need. For instance, a Jack-and-Jill bathroom is shared between two rooms. While the bath and toilet area are shared, two sinks make it easy to share the space between siblings. If more than two rooms need access to the same bathroom, partition it into three sections. This way multiple people can use the bath, toilet, and sink areas simultaneously. Pocket doors add privacy and are a great space saver as they do not need clearance to open and close.

Incorporating Your Dream

While making sure the home fits your family, remember to incorporate the spaces of which you dream into your custom home.

Plan to work from home? Make sure you have a private and quiet office. Can’t stop thinking about having a space to watch your favorite shows or football games? Add in an epic theater room complete with a wet bar.

melody lane floor plan

What if space just isn’t there for your special room? It is likely that you will have an unused bedroom in the future. Plan to transform this room into the home gym you have always wanted. You might put this room in the basement or give it it’s own bathroom now instead of having to remodel it to fit your vision later.

Despite your family’s layout needs, your home can look the way you want it to. Whether you want to build a modern home or a traditional barn home, your timber frame home can be designed to your aesthetic.

Explore Riverbend’s collection of timber frame home floor plans for large families. Keep in mind all of our plans can be modified to add square footage or fit your visual preferences.

 

 


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