Choosing the Right Floor Plan for your Family
Choosing the right floor plan for your family is one of the greatest benefits of building your own home. It can be difficult to decide on a plan with so many options available, but there are a few factors to consider that will help you decide. You want to make sure that the plan you choose will help you use each area of your home to its fullest potential. This can be determined by looking at how you use each area of your home, the way you’d like the rooms to be arranged, and how long you intend to stay in the same house.
Using Your Home
Your family is unique and the way you utilize space in your home is as well. Think about the ways your home will be used and determine the floorplan that will best meet those needs.
Is your family mostly an extroverted group who loves to spend time all together and entertain? If so, then you’ll want to select a floor plan that gives square footage to common areas. Look for a large kitchen where you can cook for a crowd, a formal dining room for hosting holiday meals, and a spacious living room fit for a party.
Are you a group of introverts? Maybe the members of your family look for privacy and enjoy spending time on their own. If this is the case, then you can look for a floor plan that has smaller gathering areas and larger bedrooms. This allows your family to have time together, but still retreat into their own spaces when they need alone time.
Whichever types of people make up your family, you can find a floor plan that ensures your family is happy and comfortable.
Location, location, location! The old real estate adage is true for the inside of your house as well. The size of the rooms is important, but so is their arrangement.
For starters, you want to choose how people will enter your home. A plan with a formal foyer may be important if you like to have a place to greet guests that isn’t quite all the way into your home. Otherwise, an entrance into a living room may feel more inviting and appealing to you.
Your common areas should be arranged in a way that makes sense for your family. If you like to be able to chat or keep an eye on kids while cooking, then an open concept floor plan may be the best choice for your family.
The placement of bedrooms within your home is an important choice to make. When you have babies that wake in the night it may feel better to have their rooms near the master. If you have older children or teenagers who like loud music and want more privacy, having the master bedroom in a different part of the house may be preferential.
When you’re thinking about the way rooms are laid out within your home, think about how your family will use each room and how that will affect the rooms around it.
Over time, your family will change. If you plan to stay in your home forever, then consider how your needs will change and what you can do to ensure that your home stays the perfect fit for you.
Children get bigger! As kids grow up, their needs for space and privacy will change. When kids are small, it’s easy to share bathrooms and bedrooms. As they get bigger, those things become more difficult to manage. To keep the peace, make sure you choose a floor plan with ample space for people to spread out.
Multi-story homes are great for spaciousness and privacy, but having stairs may prove a challenge as you age. The better you plan your home, the longer you’ll be able to stay in your home. This doesn’t mean you can’t choose a multi-story home! You’ll just want to look for a floor plan that features a master bedroom on the ground level so you are able to enjoy your home later in life.
When choosing a floor plan, think about what your family will look like in ten years, then in twenty years. Imagine the people who will be living there or visiting and choose a floor plan that ensures that they have the kind of space they need.
Red Door Homes can help you build your perfect home!
There are a lot of choices involved in building a custom home, but it all begins with the floor plan. The experts at Red Door Homes will help you choose the plan that perfectly fits your family now and will continue to serve you for years to come.