Designing the floor plan for your new home requires serious consideration. You want to determine you and your family’s current needs while also planning for the future.
A great way to get started is to make a list of what you like and don’t like in your current space. This will be helpful in exploring how to make the best choices for everyone who will be spending time in your home:
Your Individual Preferences
Think about where you spend the most amount of time in your current space. What do you like about that space? Do you prefer privacy or do you like lots of energy and interaction? If you could have a space dedicated to yourself, what would that look like? Would it be an office, a game room or a place to escape and tackle some art projects?
Your Family’s Needs
Often, parents like to have their master bedroom close to their children’s bedrooms. However, once they become teenagers, you might want them to be on the other side of the house! Will you be adding to your family? If so, consider an extra room or two that could be built as a multi-purpose room that could later turn into a bedroom.
One of the biggest questions you need to think about is if you prefer a more compartmentalized floor plan where walls separate rooms or an open floor plan concept. Open concepts tend to be great for when you are cooking while your kids are doing homework in the breakfast nook or playing in the family room.
Your Extended Family and Out of Town Guests
Do you like to entertain? If you typically host larger gatherings, a large family room or more open layout from the kitchen to the living and dining areas would be good things to add to your list. How often do you have out of town family sleep over? How long do they typically stay? Do your guests have babies? Do you need to provide any accessible features?
Your Pet’s Needs
Let’s get pet-centric for a minute. You can’t forget about your furry friends! Animals love to have an eye level view of the outdoors! Think about how you handle most of your furry friends’ activities, such as the mudroom, kitchen, laundry room, garage or outdoor shed. Select the right material.
Lifestyle and Accessibility
Consider all of the potential scenarios for your living situation long-term. Will you need a designated home office? Do you need extra storage for sports equipment or bulky items? Might you be caring for any aging or disabled family members? You may need a ramp, walk-in showers, wider hallways or doorways.
It’s important to take your instincts into consideration when touring different floor plans. You will be surprised that there are so many styles of plans!