How your home is laid out will have significant impacts on comfort levels and overall use. A home that doesn’t function around your lifestyle isn’t a home at all!
Before you sit down to consider different floor plans, check out these few suggestions for choosing the right layout.
Base Your Decision on Physical Layout, Not Final Appearance
The primary purpose of a floor plan is to get a solid grasp on the “flow” of your home. By flow, I’m referring to which rooms are connected, how rooms are connected, how people will walk through the home, and generally how the home will function physically.
Is noise from your laundry room going to interfere with the comfort of your living room? Are guests going to be welcomed by a pleasant foyer area where they can easily move into the entertainment area?
Before you can settle on interior designs that make your home feel right, you have to ensure your home is physically laid out in a way that feels and functions to suit your lifestyle.
Which takes us to the next point…
Choose a Floor Plan Modeled After Your Lifestyle
Do you have a big family or plan to have a big family? Do you plan to regularly entertain guests? Will you be hosting family holiday gatherings?
Even seemingly minor things like the age of your children can have a major impact. If you have young children, a layout with more open, communal space might be better, while a home full of teenagers and young adults will probably warrant fewer shared bedrooms and more privacy in general.
Don’t Forget the Outside
Your plan probably won’t stop at the walls of your home, so be considerate of the outside area also. For example, do you need a large yard for the kids or entertaining guests when the weather’s nice?
A large yard looks beautiful with proper upkeep, but without that upkeep it can really detract from the home’s overall appearance. Do you have the time or desire to keep up with that yard work and maintenance?
Work Within Your Budget
Unfortunately, you probably don’t have unlimited amounts of money. There is always that fantasy of going wild and building the most amazing home ever constructed.
Before you sit down to discuss or choose a floor plan, know exactly what your budget is and always keep costs in mind. Getting your heart set on a specific layout and realizing you can’t afford it is an experience worth avoiding.
Consult a Design Professional
There are tons of online sources for floor plans, which can be helpful if you’re trying to wrap your head around the direction of your home’s layout. However, you’ll ultimately want to consult a home design professional before moving anywhere near the construction phase.
Often times, these professionals can help you consider less tangible aspects of the floor plan such as energy savings and costs, how lighting arrangements will work in the plan, how furniture could be laid out, and so on.
As I mentioned, choosing the right floor plan for your home is arguably the most significant decision you’ll make throughout this entire process. Take your time considering all the factors and envisioning exactly how your home will be used, then design your floor plan for functionality.