Der begehbare Kleiderschrank im Bungalow 140
A room is planned – the room in the new building
Planning a house individually – the cellar
If you decide to build a new house, you will certainly be tempted to have several such rooms. The cellar is a potential playground. The classic cellar lounge for parties. The sauna and the infrared cabin as a wellness zone next to the fitness room. A workshop for smaller craft projects and repairs. A room just for decoration or as furniture storage for the design classics from the 60s. A craft room or for winterising beloved plants. Of course, you can also lay these rooms out on the level ground – it’s all just a question of property size and personal budget.
Planning a house individually – the ground floor
There is also plenty of potential for individual room planning on the ground floor. Who always wants to pursue their favourite activities in the basement? A room just for music, optimally acoustically insulated. A library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The home cinema – separate from the living room – because not all family members need to watch TV and co. at the same time. And what housewife wouldn’t want her walk-in dressing room right next to the entrance area, shoe cupboard and styling area included.
Planning a house individually – the first floor
If you have a first floor, a gallery is very trendy in modern housing. My imagination can hardly be restrained right now, because for me a gallery is usually flooded with light and open. Even though this room rarely has a door, it lends itself to numerous hobbies. The studio for the creative housemates or the play area for the children could be ideally accommodated there. But it would also be ideal as a home office or relaxation zone for meditation and yoga. If a suitable, free, lockable room is available, the activities just described can of course also be moved there. If you are a sociable person and like to have guests in your house, a combination with a guest room is of course a good idea.
As you can see, there are many options open to the owner. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for among the available floor plan concepts, you can plan individually with ZENKER.
Das Arbeitszimmer im ZENKER Konzept 135
A room is available – The room in the inventory
However, there are also homeowners who suddenly have a spare room in the house due to internal family developments. Before filling this room haphazardly and indiscriminately with household goods, one might well consider whether the entire room planning could do with a gentle relaunch.
Often it only takes small changes and a junk room becomes the hobby room you have longed for. If the other members of the family are also to benefit from this new space, there is nothing to be said against using the new living area for several purposes. In most cases, a few individual pieces of furniture are enough to meet the different wishes and requirements.
The room solution idea
In the course of our house renovation, we gained a room like this – with an expiry date. At some point, this room will become another children’s room. But as long as the children are small, they will share one. Until then, we use this room as a hobby room, home office, studio, workshop, TV room and closet. Oh yes – and as a guest room.
This room has a large wardrobe with sliding doors for all sorts of storage, a pull-out couch, a desk for crafting and working, and storage space for decorations, fabrics, games, sewing machine, crafting supplies and much more. The room and furniture are generally designed so that visitors can stay there at any time without feeling visually overwhelmed. This room is also a retreat for us when we don’t want to be in the middle of the hustle and bustle and long for a quiet zone.
But it can be even smaller
Before our conversion, the space planning in our house was quite manageable. Our family was also smaller then, but the demands on the available space were rather greater. My hobby – sewing rope objects – required space that was not available. Besides, sewing with rope is a special challenge next to a toddler. We had an old cupboard that my husband converted into a workspace for me. My home office, my workshop, my storage, my creative zone. With a folding table, light and electricity. Space for laptop, sewing machine and bureaucracy. And the ingenious thing about this cabinet solution is that it’s right in the middle of the kitchen, our primary meeting zone! So I can exercise my multi and mum-tasking skills where everything happens in our home. When visitors come, this multifunctional place is simply folded up. This ensures that everything is always visually tidy. More individual space planning is almost impossible … isn’t it?
5 ideas for your individual space planning
- Consider which activities are possible in the available room. Is there enough light, quiet, space? Take the architectural conditions into account. And how much time will you spend in this room?
- When redesigning, also think about your family – it may be possible to use the room for other needs by means of minor conversion measures. Here I am thinking of room swaps, partition walls or privacy solutions.
- A well thought-out redesign can also create additional free space for other hobbies or interests. (For example: the owner’s exercise bike moves from the gallery to the new wellness and fitness room in the basement – the gallery provides free space for the owner’s long-desired easel – a WIN-WIN situation).
- Have enough storage space for all sports equipment or seasonal decorative materials. Wouldn’t it have been necessary to clear out or sort out long ago – such an extra room is ideal for this!
- Think carefully about how you design the new room – because once the unloved clothes horse is inside, or the exercise bike is covered with clothes, the joy of the new retreat is often lost!
My personal dream of space
If I had the opportunity to design a room like this for myself, I would already intensively strain my imagination when planning the floor plan. What I miss in most new buildings is a generous adjoining room. A room where all the unsightly things are allowed to gather. Dirty shoes, garden clothes, jackets, coats, shopping, household helpers, … I’ll just write here: a dirt and storage locker. Connected and disconnected from the actual entrance area. Immediately adjacent is a laundry room, which in turn provides access to an oversized closet space for the whole family – from which the family bathroom can also be accessed. With space planning like this, you could create a lot of free space in the rest of the living area for hobbies or other activities! All equipped with well thought-out shelving and cupboard systems to ensure a certain basic order. That would be my perfect hobby room: I love sorting things out, sifting through them and keeping them out of sight when I want to pursue my other interests.
Yes, that too is individual space planning!
And – could I inspire you? Once you’ve gained a space like this, it’s hard to part with it. But what would such a house be without being able to change it individually for your personal requirements and needs. Even small adaptations in the room plan often have a big effect – and usually the flatmates benefit too.