Whether you’re building or buying a home, choosing the right floor plan is essential. It needs to fit you and your family’s needs and lifestyle. The search can be overwhelming and exhausting, so it’s much easier to know what to look for so you can find your right floor plan. Take a look at what to consider so that you’re satisfied with the home you build or buy!
When building a home, consult with the builder or contractor on the cost of square footage you’re considering. Costs associated with a floor plan when purchasing a home could include certain upkeep. For example, if you have an open floor plan and you think you’ll ever want to replace the floors, you may have to replace a larger amount of square footage. Replacing the floor in a home with an open floor plan could cost more than replacing the floor of just one closed-off room, and be sure to keep this in mind!
Seeing yourself cooking in a kitchen where you can keep an eye on your kids doing their homework indicates you should consider an open floor plan; however if you live alone and/or would rather keep the kitchen space separate from where you relax, a closed-in floor plan is better. If you have children and own the home your family flocks to on holidays, an open floor plan may be best. Think about how many bedrooms you need for your kids and guests. Don’t forget to consider the number of bathrooms needed and if you’d benefit from a larger-than-usual living or dining room.
The floorplan you ultimately choose should reflect your decorating style. First, figure out if you’ll be bringing existing furniture in or if you’ll be purchasing new furniture. If you’re bringing in furniture from your current residence, that will set the tone for the type of décor you will most likely have. Be sure the floorplan aligns with the style you like! You should also measure the furniture you may be bringing in to be sure it fits. If you plan to purchase new furniture, think about the type of items you’ll purchase in relation to the overall style and plan of your future home.
Building a home on a flat lot is easy and your only constraint may be the size of the piece of land you have to work with. This opens up an endless opportunity for the floor plan. However, building a home on the side of a mountain, for example, can impact size and layout.
Think about the piece of land you have to work with and the best way to use the space you have available to you. Check with the local building department to identify any legal lot restrictions. and see if your lot requires any easements such as certain storm drains, electrical power, or driveway requirements before settling on a floor plan.
Kendra is a content writer with a BA in literature from Wilkes University. When she’s not reading up on the latest home decorating trends, Kendra is busy designing her future home, library included.