So you’re your thinking about buying a new home. Although exterior look and style is important when buying a home, choosing the right floor plan is even more important because, if the home doesn’t offer the right amount of square footage and finished living areas, you may live there always feeling like something is “missing.”
Here are 6 tips on choosing the right floor plan when buying a home.
Tip #1 – Think About Your Family and Lifestyle
Before choosing a floor plan for your new home it’s important for you to sit down with all of the individuals who will be living there and discuss each persons needs and wants and what lifestyle you plan to enjoy while living there. For example: If your children are still young enough that they will be living with you for the next 10 to 15 years, you will want plenty of space including bigger bedrooms for your children to grow into as they grow older.
Let’s say that you and your spouse, or significant other, are older, and your children already grown, in this case you may want to choose a floor plan which has average size bedrooms, or an additional master suite for one set of parents to live with you as they grow older.
When choosing a floor plan you should also think about the impact that it will have on your body right now, and as you grow older. For example, two story floor plans, or floor plans with steps, can have a big impact on individuals who have issues with joint pain, or knee pain where a one story plan or a plan with a main floor master bedroom could be a better option.
Tip #2 – Think About Privacy
When choosing a home, it’s important to think about the issue of your privacy needs and to focus on exactly where you’re going to want that privacy.
Privacy is especially important when it comes to bathroom areas. For example in the master suite, some people don’t like to have a door between the master suite and the master bathroom, while some do.
There are also some homebuyers who may want to have their toilet in an enclosed space similar to a closet, while others won’t mind if their toilet is in the bathroom next sink. These are all issues that should be thought about and discussed with occupants of the home before the final home is chosen.
Tip #3 – Will Your Home Need A Work From Home Space?
These days it’s not unusual for families to have one or more individuals who work from home. The Internet has created more work from home opportunities than ever before because it can connect people virtually to their office for meetings, conferences, or to do the same tasks that they might normally do at away from home.
If you work from home, consider how much work space you’ll need especially to keep the working area separated from high-traffic areas in the home like the kitchen or entertainment room to work without distraction.
Tip #4 – Furnishings
Once you’ve agreed on the basics of the floor plan, consider the decor and furnishings of the home.
Before choosing furnishings and decor, you should think about where the furniture and decor will be placed in each room so that the furniture and/or seating will complement the overall feel of the room. This also helps you budget if you’ll need to add to the furniture and decor that you already own.
Tip #5 – Make Sure Your Floor Plan Has Enough Storage Space for Your Needs
When you’re deciding on the right floor plan for you, consider the storage space and closet space that you’ll need. Remember holiday decorations, outdoor equipment, woodworking tools, craft supplies. The amount of storage space needed varies greatly by individual and family, so just make sure there is enough for your needs.
Tip #6 – Think About Outdoor Living
Think about outdoor living. If you and your family like to spend time outside, be sure that you have enough space to do so.