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7x11m Large Family, Small House Design: Ideas, Floor Plans and 3D Pictures
Do you dream of self-building your own home one day? Do you have a large family but only the budget for a small plot of land? Would you like ideas on how to cram big family living on such a small part of this Earth?
I saw this comment on an architect's hub:
My plot is of 7m by 11m. Road is on 7 m side only . all other sides are locked. A family of 3 couples n 4 children are to stay. 2 suv cars are to be parked. Pl suggest design
This inspired me - could it be done? More importantly, could it be done with all the gizmos of modern living, without going crazy? I think four floors is a little crazy, depending on the surrounding architecture, so the jury is out.
The house has parking and kitchen on the ground floor, adult rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor and a garden/balcony on the 2nd floor too. On the 3rd floor is the living area and 4 kid's rooms.
Throughout the house is one huge staircase and the 1st and 2nd floors have wide voids making the kitchen area triple height. This could be seen as wasted space but I think in order to stop the occupants from feeling horrendously cramped, this space gives the free-space we need. The 3rd floor also has high open vaults to the roof, giving more space, light and air.
Ground Floor Plan
On the ground floor, the carport leads directly to the front door where a huge dining table is situated underneath the triple-height ceiling space. A reasonable sized kitchen also contains washing & drying machines and plenty of storage.
First Floor Plan
On the first floor we can see the open space with a simple bannister looking onto the kitchen. Two adult bedrooms are on this floor. The bedrooms are tight, but contain a wardrobe and an en-suite. Clever storage solutions i.e. underbed-storage and shelving can make the most of the space.
Second Floor Plan
The second floor is the same as the first, except one of the adult bedrooms and en-suites has been replaced by a balcony area. The amount of sunlight and shade this gets will depend on which direction the house faces, but some will get enough sunlight to grow herbs at least. Astro-turf recreates grass, but this can be replaced by paving slabs. Add some seats for outdoor recreation.
Third Floor Plan
The top floor contains the living area and the kids rooms. I consciously made all the adult rooms and all the kids' rooms the same size so there was no favouritism between families/children. I also didn't know the boy/girl ratio and figured I'd try to give them single rooms. In cramped living a personal area is important.
The living area contains a large sectional sofa that can seat 10 plus a generous TV. The top floor is open to the roof eaves and some roof lights placed at the edges of the living area let in light for both the living room and to enter into the kids' rooms.
A large family bathroom contains both a bath and a shower so fussy kids can have their choice.
In the image above, you can see that the kids' rooms are all the same. A single bed is on a platform which can be reached by a ladder. Underneath the bed there is a wardrobe, small chest of drawers and a desk area. Rooms can easily be customised. High windows on the door side let in light from the roof windows in the living area.
This book is amazing for a can-do attitude towards building and design ideas. It certainly has no true diagrams or methods, but is an inspiration all the same.
If you love pouring over floor plans then get this book. It is divided into house sizes and certainly gets the brain going. You find yourself forming the perfect layout for your needs.
What design challenges do you have?
If you have a particular design challenge then try posting in comments - I can't promise to pick yours but I will take on more challenges!