Tips for Choosing the Right Floor Plan
It’s fun choosing the design for your new home, but it can be overwhelming too. You have so many decisions to make that can make an enduring impact.
Remember the following as you explore different floor plans:
The Right Measurements
If you’re thinking of a specific square footage while looking at homes, know that floor plans may have a smart, space-efficient design. In short, you may be able to “live large” in a house that’s slightly smaller than you thought.
Look at a floor plan as if you were actually walking around the house. For example, from the laundry room, proceed to putting the clothes away. How convenient is it? What about the flow from the kitchen to the dining room? Or when you’re coming in with bags of groceries, will it be easy going to the kitchen?
Consider your lifestyle and how many levels will be suitable for you. If the family doesn’t like stairs, a single-level design is clearly a better idea. If you want more space but keep most of your activities on the first floor, you can have a first-floor owner’s suite.
A lot of floor plans feature the open concept, where there are no walls separating the kitchen, dining area and living room. How do the rooms connect? How do you imagine the furniture? Is the setup acceptable to the whole family? A good design is both attractive and functional.
Areas such as the mudroom or the laundry room may not seem to matter at the outset, but small details can usually make a huge difference. For instance, if you plan it that way, the mudroom can be a great place for minimizing the clutter, aside from shielding your home from the outdoors. Cabinets make a fantastic idea in this scenario. Have a system for organizing backpack, school stuff and other things that may otherwise end up in the main living area.
When reviewing floor plans, think of alternative uses for areas which may not be that helpful right now. For example, you may convert a formal dining room into a game room or a hobby studio. The idea is to make the most out of each space in the design.
When checking out floor plans, don’t be shy to ask questions from your builder. We all know a home is not a cheap investment, so get all the details you need before making any decisions. Any corrections made later on could prove to be too costly.