It’s so exciting when you’re in the process of designing your home floorplan! John and I are thrilled with the home we’re building in Arizona.
Although it’s taking a lot (a lot!) of work, we know it will be worth it in the end. In saying that, it’s also a major decision and one you can’t take lightly. So, before you decide on anything else when it comes to your new home, it’s important to think about the floor plan first.
This part of the design will truly shape how you experience your house, from the size and shape to where the rooms are located. Let’s look at some important factors in choosing the right floorplan for you.
What size of home best suits your family?
Every family home doesn’t need to be this mammoth, sprawling compound, nor will every family feel comfortable in a two-bedroom abode. Choosing a floor plan should start with how large a home will fit your lifestyle. Assess how many bedrooms you will need and how many bathrooms are enough for you and for visiting guests.
What’s your design style?
Every homeowner has his or her own design style, so choosing a floor plan is also about deciding which plan meets those needs. Do you like traditional or prefer a more modern, open-floor concept? Take a moment to think about your furnishings and how you foresee decorating your space. Typically coordinated colours are the most important when designing an open floor plan – so it’s best to keep this in mind.
What are the pros and cons?
I’m going to tell you that there’s no such thing as a perfect floor plan—it doesn’t exist. So, there will always be a bit of give or take (and some compromise) on your ideal floor plan situation. Say, for example, you have a large window in your living room. That will eat up energy, so your cooling and heating bills will be higher.
What if you have an open, spacious floor plan that doesn’t allow for much privacy between a family room and an office? These are the things you need to discuss ahead of time: How you live in your home, what your routines are and how that will impact your layout. You need to base decisions on how the home flows and how functional it is for daily life.
Trust your instincts!
Yes, this is true. You know when a space feels right, feels comfortable and fits the family’s needs. There are plenty of floor plans out there, so just take your time and assess how your whole family will move throughout your house.
Know your budget
This goes without saying, but stay on course with a realistic floor plan, not one that’s heavily idealized (and heavily priced!). Ask a contractor or builder to help you determine the costs associated with different types of floorplans so you know what fits in your overall budget.