Room by room design

How you want and need the house to function will determine the room design, and how they will connect to one another.

In this article we cover:

  • Room uses and sizes and how to think about space in the home
  • Living room: seating arrangements and what to include
  • Kitchen: how to think of organising the space, standard dimensions
  • Utility room: minimum sizes and what to include
  • Bathrooms: what to include and dimensions for different configurations
  • Conservatory: a thing of the past?


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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