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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.