Selling Houses Australia

How To Improve Awkward Floor Plans

Awkward floor plans can affect your whole property or, if you're lucky, just part of it. Shaynna Blaze provides her expert advice on how you can make some simple updates. 

Odd shaped rooms, narrow halls and inconvenient alcoves can send a buyer running for the hard to find door.

The house in the video above has tiles running from the entry towards the kitchen  that are cold and uninviting. It creates a visual corridor that ‘rushes’ you through the property.

By carpeting the whole area it unites the rooms making it feel cozier – creating a space that you can engage with before moving on.

Quite often people think big rooms are better but it can actually work against you. The large spaces around this kitchen make it ‘feel’ smaller than it actually is.

Cutting down the upright and extending the bench top into the dining room is a better use of space - plus it's much more practical

Having a formal living area next to sitting room is unnecessary and an open wall is confusing - is it room or not?

The best way to combat this is to close off the gap and put a proper door in. This creates a room in its own right that has the flexibility to be used for anything.

Many older homes in Australia have a bathroom tagged on the back of the house and we’re pretty used to that.  However, this one is almost leading buyers down the garden path. An outside bathroom like this is a real turn off for anyone.

in order to avoid a costly bathroom reno and re-location, I connected it with the rest of the house by creating a sitting area in the covered walkway. Now it feels more like part of the home and less like an after thought.

Have a cold hard look at the floor plan of your house – it might shout quirky to you, but to a buyer it may be just weird.

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