Designing a house that’s easy to get around

The design flow of your house deals with access points, stairways, hallways and other circulation spaces, plus how to integrate storage.

In this article we cover:

  • How to make your design layout flow, basic principles
  • Tools to use to make sure your layouts work
  • Furniture placement
  • Kitchen triangle and other basic concepts
  • Access points through and into the house: dos and don’ts
  • Minimum and optimal dimensions for hallways and corridors
  • Bin access with space requirements
  • Stairs and lift design with clearance measurements
  • Storage requirements and how to maximise space for it with measurements


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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