Posted by: Regent Homes, on August 6, 2013
You’ve decided to take the leap and build a custom home, but how do you decide what your new home should like? There are thousands of choices to make when building a home, and the options can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. The following four questions are a great place to start if you’re worried about selecting the right floor plan.
One: What Is Your Daily Life Like?
When choosing a floor plan for your new home, we recommend starting with your daily schedule. How frequently are you home? Does your family frequently gather around a dinner table, or are you more of an on-the-go family? Do you entertain guests frequently, or you do prefer to meet your friends on the town? Understanding your daily habits helps to select the right kitchen, den and living areas according to your lifestyle.
Every family has different needs and wants. A family member may have special access needs and stairs are out of the questions. In that event, a family will want to have a large bedroom on ground level as well as a master bedroom on the top story. When choosing your floor plan, your family life and daily schedules is a great place to start to discover your dominant needs.
Two: How Much Storage Space Do You Need?
Few things are as boring to plan as closets. However, few things are worse than moving into your new custom home only to realize you have no idea where you are going to keep your linens. The whole point of build instead of buying an existing home is to create a place that is perfect for you and your family. If you have a lot of stuff, make sure there are plenty of closets and cabinets. If you don’t have any pack rats, choose a plan with more space for people to live in and less space for stuff to sit in.
There are always trade offs when choosing a floor plan. If space is a premium because of budget considerations, find a plan with higher ceilings, such as nine or ten foot ceilings, this will make the closets taller and will allow for an extra row to hang more clothes. It is also important to be realistic. If you have a lot of stuff in your closets and cabinets now, despite your best intentions, you are likely to have a lot of stuff that needs to go in closets and cabinets when you move into your new house.
Choosing the perfect floor plan is the first step to building a perfect home. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are choosing a floor plan you want to live in, not just look at. Begin with the two simple questions above, and you’ll have a great starting point for choosing a floor plan that will keep you happy in the years to come!
Custom Homes, Floor Plans