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Published on Aug 29, 2011
This 3 bedroom 3 bathroom bungalow is currently being advertised for sale by a small homebuilding company in Florida. On first glance the house design may look pretty good. Dig a little bit deeper, however, and several big problems emerge. First the good parts: 1. The house is well proportioned with almost all of the principal spaces facing out to either the back or the front yards. The one exception is the third bedroom, which is located behind the garage and, unfortunately, only looks into a side yard. 2. The two car attached garage does not dominate the front of the house. The dining room and den also face the front street. 3. All of the principal spaces are well proportioned to fit furniture and have good windows for daylight and natural ventilation. 4. The back terrace is covered. This reduces heat gain both on the terrace and inside the house, which is important in a hot climate like Florida. 5. The guest bathroom is located in a private but accessible location. It also doubles as a change room for a potential backyard swimming pool. Despite these good things, however, we think that there are 5 major design flaws in this house that seriously affects how well it will work on a daily basis. Can you identify them? Watch the video to see our description of what?s wrong with this house. These kinds of design problems are really annoying and they are difficult, and expensive, to fix after the house is built. Fortunately, modifying the design before construction would be relatively easy and result in no increased cost. All that is really required is a little more care and attention being paid to the quality of the design underlying the house.