Choosing a floor plan for your future home is an exciting milestone. When you first start looking at different options you can sometimes fall prey to what we call the “First-Time-Home-Builder” syndrome. This is something we’ve seen happen with enthusiastic customers who are newbies to the building process and have never looked at floor plans before. Basically—because it’s your first time—everything looks amazing and you sometimes forget to think through the functionality of the floor plans you are overviewing. So, we thought we would help out with a few tips to remember when choosing between floor plans.
- Choose a floor plan that allows for a traffic flow that fits your needs and living habits. Every family is different and there are floor plans designed to meet many different living styles. Make sure you are thinking through how your family lives their daily life and select a floor plan that will support that. For example, if you are a family that spends most of your time in the kitchen and family room, you definitely don’t want a plan that separates those two areas.
- Make a list of your “must-haves” and your “want-to-haves.” If a floor plan does not include something on your “must-have” list, take it out of the running. This will help you narrow down floor plans faster and give you what you really need in a house. You can use your “wants” list to give you something solid to look at when comparing floor plans.
- Don’t forget the small things that make a big difference. It’s easy to miss some features when you are looking at a 2D drawing on paper. We suggest paying close attention to window placement (for natural light) and storage (linen closet, coat closet, pantry, kitchen/bathroom cupboards, etc.).