When building your new home, it’s exciting to imagine what it will look and feel like as you stand in your new kitchen or get comfy in your new family room. One of the steps in the planning process that has the most influence on the final product is choosing the floor plan. There are thousands of ways you can arrange the walls, rooms, hallways and stairways in your home. But for you and your family specifically, there might be one or two floor plans out there that fit your lifestyle perfectly. Here are some things to consider that will help you choose the best floor plan for your new home.
Do you need a home that will accommodate a growing family? Maybe your kids have grown up, and you’re looking to downsize instead. The number of people living in your home is the biggest factor in your floor plan because it dictates the number of bedrooms and overall square footage you’ll need in your new home. If you want to plan for an expanding brood, think about adding a den or office that could be converted into a nursery or bedroom later on. Making provisions in a floor plan for taking in elderly grandparents is becoming a more popular consideration as well.
Dining and Entertaining
Do you love to entertain or do you dine more casually? Take this into consideration when you make plans for a dining room. If dinner parties are in your future you’ll want to have a formal dining room, but if your family is more casual, maybe a breakfast nook is more your speed.
Working At Home
If you telecommute or regularly bring your work home with you, a home office will be a necessity. Consider locating this room away from the kitchen and family room where all the action is so you don’t get distracted.
Consider your lot
The size and location of your lot could have a big influence on your floor plan. For example, if your lot is smaller but you want a big house, you’ll probably need to have multiple stories. If you have a hillside lot, you’ll want to have certain rooms situated to take advantage of your view. Subdivision lots almost always come with CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) and easements, which could definitely have an effect on your plans.
One Story or More
If you have a larger lot, you are free to choose whether you want a multi-story home or a one-level, “ranch” style home. If you’re downsizing, a ranch style is a smart choice that will benefit you as you get older. Multi-story homes can be noisy, but they allow for views and a larger backyard.
Part of this consideration involves whether or not you want to have an open floor plan. Open floors plans are extremely popular and provide a sense of togetherness, but they don’t offer much privacy. The location of your master bedroom in relation to your kids’ rooms is another thing to think about. While they’re young you may want to be close by, but when your kids are older you may want more space and privacy. Think about your long term ideals.
Unless you plan to buy all new furniture for your new home, factor your existing furniture into your floor plan. Have a big sectional or a king size bed? Make sure you allow enough space so that they will fit in a way that flows well in relation to doorways and focal points.
Pro Tip: Bring a little familiarity and nostalgia to your new home by incorporate things you loved about the floor plans of homes you’ve lived in before.
At Palo Verde Homes we’ve seen and worked with hundreds of floor plans and we will work with you to create one that fits your lifestyle perfectly. Contact us today and let’s talk about your new home.