Kitchen: Do you want a separate dining area or will it form part of the same room? Do you want to include a pantry or laundry area?
Entrances: Do you want to enter the house from the garden and if so, where? What about a boot or cloakroom? Is a grand hallway important?
Other “utility” spaces downstairs might include a home office, a snug/library or a playroom. Consider whether your designer needs to find space for these.
Living room: Where will you sit down and relax? Watch television? Entertain friends?
Bedroom: Think about the master suite and what you want to include. How about a sitting area?
What about the space between the bedrooms? How close to the kids do you really want to be?
Finally, think about these rooms in relation to the views they might have — not just of your site and garden but also the surroundings.
When thinking about sizes, a good way to work is to design from the detail up. If you really want a large freestanding bath in your en suite or a large walkaround island in the centre of the kitchen, put it into the brief, as these will influence all other aspects of the room.
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