How to split your house into zones

Splitting a home into zones makes the most of the space and accommodates the various activities that take place in your home, especially for large households. In the following sections, we’ll give you some ideas for how to split up your home into zones.

Define the activities

The first step in creating home zones is to define the activities that take place in your home. These could include cooking, eating, socialising, home working, watching television, playing computer games, playing with toys, laundry, washing, playing musical instruments, sleeping, exercising and so on.

Most homes already have separate zones for some activities, including a bathroom for washing and hygiene and a kitchen for cooking. Often, the living room has several activities taking place at the same time. For example, there could be television watching, eating and working on a laptop happening simultaneously by different household members.

Define the zones

The next stage in creating zones is to look at each room in the home and what activities should take place in them.

Each room should have a primary function, but it may have zones for other activities. For example, the main function of a kitchen is to prepare food and drinks, but the room may also have a table where children do their homework or paperwork is conducted.

Ideally, have a limited number of activities in each room. You should allocate quiet activities, such as reading, to a different room than that of louder activities, such as playing computer games and watching television.

Many people have had to switch to homeworking and have set up a workspace in the lounge. This is not ideal. It helps to have a home office zone, where workers are undisturbed by other activities.

If there are children at home, they may benefit from having their own space to play in.

In addition, with gyms being closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, more people are exercising at home and want a home gym zone.

Households vary, so there is no set way to define activity zones. For example, some households are happy to eat in the living room in front of the television, but others prefer to gather around the dining table for the shared evening meal.

Running out of zone space

After defining activities and how many zones are needed, many people find that their house is not big enough to divide into the required number of zones. One option is to buy a larger home, or it may be time for adding extra rooms. This can be done through loft and basement conversions, building a home extension or by constructing an outbuilding.

A home office built in the garden is beneficial as it creates the feeling of “going to work” when walking the short distance between the main house and the office.

Adding more space can be expensive, but constructing an office can be tax-deductible. A home gym saves money on gym memberships.

Talk to an architect

If you have a clear idea of what home zones you need and how much extra space is required to accommodate your various activities, talk to an architect about the options available to extend your home space.

Posted by Mark
March 3, 2021

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