Are you considering undertaking a real estate development project but aren’t sure how to approach your developments floor plans? 

Well, stick around because this article will share eight-floor plan decision-making tips that will help you maximise your project’s potential.

Understanding who you are marketing to and how they live in their homes will go a long way to help you achieve a successful outcome as a property developer.

Let’s get into the developer floor plan tips.

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1. 3-Bed vs 4-Bed

We’ve found a good four-bedroom home is always better in this situation.

floor plans bedrooms

If we have the predicament of doing a good three-bedroom townhouse or an average four-bedroom townhouse, we always go with the good three.

three bedrooms

Over our journey, we have found that the sacrifice is too great to pull from your other important areas, such as your living, laundry, and kitchen.

All these other spaces you need to get right also, so remember when doing your floor plans, if four beds aren’t working and you are sacrificing too much, it will be critical that you revert to a three-bed design.

You’ll be amazed how much more room you have in these other important spaces that will go a long way to help you achieve a successful result on your townhouses.

2.  Powder Room Location

We find here at little fish that these powder rooms are super important, as often the bathroom must be placed upstairs in these townhouses amongst the bedrooms.

A powder room is super important to service the bedrooms and guest’s downstairs– it is also great for occupiers to be able to access and not have to go up the stairs.

The main thing with a powder room is its location and orientation.

Ensure they’re not in areas that face directly out into living zones. Placing them in areas where they are private and tucked away and not obvious is the go.

developer floor plan zones

3. Upstairs vs Downstairs Master Bedrooms

In my experience, achieving a double master floor plan is the ideal outcome.

Having mastered both up and downstairs means that you’re appealing to both types of buyers, which is great when possible. 

If you don’t have the space for two masters, then you need to understand a deep understanding of your marketplace, specific to your project’s location.

understand your buyers

Not being able to make this decision without any data will invariably cost you.

So do the work, figure it out – talk to agents, look at sales history, and build quantitative and qualitative data to help you decide confidently.

4. Single vs Double Garages

As a rule, it would be no surprise that achieving double garage designs where possible will always be the best.

double garage plans

But this isn’t always possible – from my experience, it often won’t be. 

So, as a rule, we consider the double garage first. We then fall back from there – a double and a single, all singles etc.

Often, you can get push back building boundary to boundary, so rather than a fixed single or double garage, we would then look at an open rafter carport to keep the width and push out onto the boundary. 

5. Storage Considerations

In these townhouses, storage is king. Not only should you deliver all the storage requirements in the obvious places. It’s equally essential you look for additional storage opportunities.

Get creative and provide storage options that not everyone would expect. Your buyers will love you for it, and it won’t cost much in most cases. It will make you money, though, that I can guarantee!

You don’t get too many free hits in the property development game. You must take them when they are there – upping your storage is as good a free hit as you can expect.

6. Alfresco and Outdoor Living 

These areas of your design are critical. You need to understand that many of these townhouse development projects have site coverage requirements.

townhouse site coverage requirements

And often, your design and layout push right up to those requirements, so we found that the first thing to go is a covered alfresco.

This means you can put more space back into your living areas, laundry, bedrooms, and kitchens – which will make you more money.

Removing the covered Alfresco still allows you to dedicate a space externally where you can have open rafters.

It will be an uncovered area that will not add to your site coverage calculation. But it will still be a dedicated space to use externally.

So, it’s like having a cake and eating it too.

7. Home Office

In the past, this design aspect has only been utilised when there is leftover space in your footprint.

In recent times it’s never been more essential to offer occupants, families, and professionals the space to set up their home offices to provide that work-from-home option.

So, it has become a non-negotiable in your design and layout.

We work hard to make this space a genuine office that can be shut off from the rest of the house rather than just a study nook when it makes sense and is possible.

8. Reverse Living

Reverse living is the opposite of what we call traditional living.

For traditional, your living areas are on the ground floor, and the bedrooms are on the first floor. With reverse living, it’s the opposite.

Reverse living. We generally use it when there is an aspect. For example, this type of design may be utilised if you are looking over a park looking over the water or anywhere with significant views and outlook.

As a rule, traditional living is more sought after unless there is something significant to look at, so don’t overthink this. It’s traditional unless you have a good reason for reverse.

Wrapping Up

If you think you still need help with, check out our project management and property development consultant services.

We can even help find you with site acquisition if needed.