Park home advice: 10 things to consider when choosing the layout of your park home
Our top 10 things to consider when choosing the layout of your park home
- Open-plan or separate living rooms? This is your first consideration. It’s fundamental. Do you prefer open-plan living, where the lounge, dining and kitchen functions of the home flow into one another? Or would you like your lounge and kitchen to be very separate rooms? Or would you go for semi open-plan? There are many influencing factors. Among them is tidiness: if someone’s doing something on the dining room table and there’s stuff everywhere, the whole living area can look untidy. Does that matter? You decide.
- Do you like to watch TV separately – a programme being watched in the lounge and another in the kitchen? How large a home do you need? Most park homes are 20ft wide – and come in a variety of lengths from 35ft to over 50ft. Some are even larger – Prestige Homeseeker Grand Symphony is up to 65ft, for example, and has a choice of layouts with up to four bedrooms. Also from Prestige Homeseeker is the Minuet which, comes in 10, 12 and 14ft widths and with a range of lengths from 25ft to 60ft. So, there is an enormous variety of home sizes out there.
- How many bedrooms – and how many beds? Most have two bedrooms; some are available with three or even four. Would you like a second bedroom with twin beds or a double bed? And how large a second bedroom do you need?
- Do you need, or want, a study? Even if your working days are over, you still have to do home admin, and the paperwork that it generates has to be stored somewhere. Also, a study is somewhere into which you can retreat to read newspapers, or watch something on your iPad, perhaps.
- would you like a utility room? Some have both a utility room and a study – some have neither. Utility rooms usually mean the noise of the washing machine does not impinge on kitchen conversation. It’s somewhere to do the ironing (boring, yes, but necessary!) And it’s somewhere to hang clothes to dry.
- How important is the hallway? Would you like an area in which to take off and put on shoes or boots, with a seat, in the hallway? That’s doubly important if you go for a park home that does not have a back door. And is there somewhere to put shoes in the hallway, so that they’re not on the doormat? Most of us have a no-shoes rule – and your visitors are more likely to take off their shoes if there’s an obvious place to put them. It’s a bit like a sign which says “no shoes, please”, only a whole lot more subtle.
- How much storage space do you need? This is a key factor, because many park home buyers are moving from larger houses and don’t always want to part with all of their treasured possessions. Some park homes have a small amount of loft space – just enough for a couple of suitcases and the Christmas decorations, perhaps. Some have beds which lift up to reveal sizeable storage opportunities. And many have, walk in dressing-wardrobe rooms.
- How large a kitchen do you want? Would you like a kitchen with an island unit that incorporates a breakfast bar? Or do you prefer to do all of your eating at a dining table? Maybe you don’t do breakfast at all. Even if you don’t, think of the breakfast bar as a coffee bar, or somewhere for your partner to sit and talk to you while you’re concocting your next culinary masterpiece.
- Dogs and doors? Do you need a home with a rear door – into the kitchen or utility room? That’s all about whether you have a dog, whose muddy paws are more welcome on vinyl flooring of a kitchen or utility room than in your main hallway.
- How much kitchen storage space do you need? That depends on how keen a cook you are – and therefore how much equipment you need. Think food processors, slow cookers, electric fryers, electric steak grills, kitchen scales, waffle makers, ice cream makers, yoghurt makers, juicers, breadmakers and more.