previous
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
next
Pin It

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.

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More