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Drawing Board: Houses that Flow

Learn about two fundamental design consideration to add flow to a floor plan

The qualities that make a home appealing are often difficult to define but can be crucial. Among those elusive qualities is flow. A fundamental design consideration, flow basically involves the way in which people routinely circulate through a space. Architect and design writer Katie Hutchison describes ways to achieve flow in this "Drawing Board" article. Hutchison writes about two kinds of flow, linear and circular. Linear circulation is best suited to rectangular or elongated floor plans. Linear plans can take advantage of window placement to make the house feel more open. Circular patterns are common in condensed or boxy floor plans.

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