Ever get home from the grocery store only realize that you forgot the milk? To avoid overlooking the staples, refer to this handy chart. Determine which spaces you definitely need now and those that would simply be nice to have. Make copies of this worksheet for all family members and see where you agree or disagree.

So, how do I use this? Simple: Check either the line for either “Need” or “Want” next to the various features of your future home. Compare your answers with those of your spouse and family.

Interior:

ENTRY:

Need? Want?

______ ______Foyer

______ ______Rear entry (mudroom)

______ ______Enclosed porch

GATHERING SPACES:

Need? Want?

______ ______Living room

______ ______Great room

______ ______Family room

______ ______Media room

______ ______Game room

______ ______Recreation room

______ ______Billiards room

______ ______Wet bar

COOKING/EATING AREAS:

Need? Want?

______ ______Eat-in kitchen

______ ______Stand-alone kitchen

______ ______Breakfast bar

______ ______Breakfast nook

______ ______Formal dining room

PERSONAL SPACES:

Need? Want?

______ ______Den

______ ______Library

______ ______Media room

______ ______Computer room

______ ______Office

______ ______Hobby/craft room

______ ______Exercise room

______ ______Studio

______ ______Workshop

SLEEPING QUARTERS:

Need? Want?

______ ______Master bedroom(s) (#____)

______ ______Family bedroom(s) (#____)

______ ______Guest bedroom(s) (#____)

______ ______Bunkroom

______ ______Separate guest quarters

BATHROOMS:

Need? Want?

______ ______Master bath

______ ______Shared bath

______ ______Jack & Jill bath

______ ______Guest bath

______ ______Powder room(s) (#____)

______ ______Sauna

______ ______Separate water closet

______ ______Built-in vanity

______ ______Jetted tub

______ ______Double shower

WORKING SPACES:

Need? Want?

______ ______Laundry

______ ______Utility room

______ ______Other:________

STORAGE AREAS:

Need? Want?

______ ______Guest coat closet

______ ______Family coat closet

______ ______Rear entry (mudroom)

______ ______Pantry

______ ______Linen closet(s) (#____)

______ ______Walk-in closets

______ ______Audio/video

______ ______Books

______ ______Collectibles/seasonal decor

______ ______Attic

______ ______Basement

______ ______Garage (#____)

______ ______Tool shed

______ ______Pet room

______ ______Other:________

Exterior:

OUTDOOR ROOMS:

Need? Want?

______ ______Covered porches

______ ______Deck

______ ______Patio/terrace

______ ______Gazebo

______ ______Freestanding shelters

______ ______Outdoor kitchen

______ ______Sleeping porch

______ ______Other:________

RECREATION SPACES:

Need? Want?

______ ______Pool

______ ______Garden

______ ______Ponds/waterfalls

______ ______Sports courts

______ ______Pet areas

______ ______Other:________

VEHICULAR SPACES:

Need? Want?

______ ______Attached garage (# cars ____)

______ ______Freestanding garage (# cars ____)

______ ______Carport

______ ______Open parking area (# cars ____)

______ ______Other: __________________

Want to print out a version of this and share it with your family? Click on the image below. When the new page opens, go to “File” and then “Print.” Enjoy!
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room by room design checklist