Choosing the Best Floor Plans: How to Narrow Down Your Floor Plan Options

Choosing a floor plan for your custom home is a task that is not to be taken lightly, especially since the average homeowner stays in their home for just over 8 years. Choosing the wrong floor plan can result in 8 years of living without functionality and efficiency, a worst-case scenario for most. Fortunately, choosing the ideal floor plan is as simple as trusting your instincts. Here are 5 factors to consider when making your decision for choosing the best floor plans.

Choosing the Best Floor Plans:

  1. Determine What’s Important to Your Family

The best house floor plans are going to include what is important for you and your family. A great starting point for choosing a floor plan is to make a list of what you need and want your floor plan to include. Do you need more privacy? Larger rooms? More storage? A bonus room? What’s missing from your current floor plan? What do you want to keep?

By answering these questions, you will have an idea of what to look for or include in your floor plan.

  1. Choose Your Style

The architectural style of your home and your decorating style will both factor into the type of floor plan you choose. A mid-century modern home will have a very different floor plan than an open and airy coastal home. Once you choose your architectural and decorating style, you can look at house plans images for those styles. In addition, see if there is anything you want to include in your floor plan.

  1. Add Special Requirements

During the design process, you’ll want to keep in mind any special requirements you need to include to create your ideal floor plan. Do you have family members with limited mobility that will need certain accessibility considerations? Are you self-employed and-or working from home and need a home office space? Do you need an extra pantry or a mudroom?

While these special requirements may not be the most exciting, they are the backbone of a functional and efficient home.

  1. Think About the Future

When choosing a floor plan, it’s important to think about what you will need within the next 5 to 10 years. For some, this requires adding in aging considerations. For others, however, it requires you to think of your life as an empty nester.

Your needs and wants can change drastically within a few years and the best types of floor plans are the ones that can accommodate us through those changes.

  1. Go With Your Instinct

After considering everything, choosing the perfect floor plan comes down to your instinct about what will work best for you and your family. There is no perfect answer so going with your gut is the best way to make this important decision.

Choosing the Best Floor Plans: The Bottom Line

By taking all of these factors into consideration, you’ll be able to narrow down your floor plan options until you are left with one or two of the best floor plans available. Lastly, are you interested in designing and building a custom home? We can help! Contact us today to get started.



Built to Last: 5 Questions You Should Ask Your Luxury Home Builder

Ready to build your luxury home? If you answered yes, then it is time to start thinking about who you will hire to build it. This is perhaps the most critical step.

You may have a design in mind or even the necessary funds but if you do not find someone who is proficient to execute the building of your home you are going to find it a difficult process.

In order to prevent this from happening you need to hire a competent and reputable builder. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right luxury home builder.

5 Questions to ask a Home Builder: 

  1. Do You Have Experience as a Luxury Home builder?

Your home builder should have experience. They should have a portfolio of prior homes built and have to ability to display photos of their past work.

If the company is new, the contractor should have previous luxury home projects for you to consider before hiring them. 

  1. Are You Licensed?

Your contractor should be licensed. It does not make sense to hire someone who has no professional certification. Licensing is not a requirement in every state but your contractor should at the very least be able to show continued education in the field and be a member of a professional body for home builders.

  1. Do You Have Insurance?

Having insurance is very important because accidents do happen on construction sites no matter how careful everyone is. Builders must have general liability and workers’ compensation insurance.

If they do not have this type of insurance and someone gets injured, you could find yourself being held liable.

  1. How Much Will it Cost?

The amount of money that it will cost should be outlined before you enter into any contractualagreement.

Be familiar with the billing cycle. You do not want to be in a situation where you are blindsided by costs at periods that you did not expect. 

  1. What Is the Time-Frame Like to Finish the Project?

The time-frame for the completion of the project is important. While pinning your builder down to a specific date may not be possible, there should be some discussion about the month in which you can expect completion of the project. You should also ask for a schedule.

The reason why you should not pin your builder to a specific date is that many things can affect the timeline. Weather, construction changes you want, and the design of the home can all be a factor in how long it takes to finish the project.

A Final Look

You now know the right questions to ask your home builder. The decision to build your dream home is a big one and you want to place your project into the right hands so that you have peace of mind.

The best thing you can do is to ensure that your builder has the experience, insurance, and licensing if your state requires it. Also, remember to ask about costs and the schedule for completion.

If you would like some help with building your luxury home, please contact us.