Designing Your Dream Home: 5 Tips for Selecting the Right Floor Plan

If there’s one American Dream that all of us tend to share, it’s the desire to live in our dream home. For some of us, it’s moving into a house that has already been built but for even more of us, it’s the opportunity to be able to design our house from the ground up. And one part of making it look just as we envision it, is creating a floor plan.

In this article, we will share with you a few tips on things that we recommend that you consider while selecting a floor plan. This way, you’ll know that you’ve chosen one that is just perfect for both you and your family.

Consider the location. There are many wonderful homes that go overlooked by prospective buyers and it’s all because of where the house is located. So before doing anything else, take some time to really think about the kind of property that you want to live on and the type of neighborhood that it’s in. Remember that while you can always “tweak” your floor plan, the only way to change where you live is to move.

Consider your budget. When you’re first exploring all of the different kinds of floor plans that are at your disposal, it’s real easy to get excited. But there’s no point in going with a floor plan that is going to put you into years of debt. Therefore, your budget is also something that needs to be taken into consideration.

Consider the environment. A lot of modern homes are going with open floor plans. Now only does it provide the optical illusion of there being a lot more space, but it’s also a more efficient way for air to circulate throughout the rooms of the house which ultimately means lower energy costs. So, if you also would like to spend less on your electricity bills each month, an open floor plan is something to think about.

Consider your children (and pets). Although things like stairs, balconies and railings are aesthetically appealing, if you consulted with a company like DrawingandPlanning.com about if you should add them, one thing that they will probably ask you is if you have some children (or pets) or if you plan on having them in the future. The reason why is because while they are perfectly fine for adults, they can pose safety hazards to children. So, if kids are a part of your lifestyle, you may want to go without them (or at least a lot of them).

Consider where you’ll spend the most time. Sure, a huge bedroom with a closet can be nice, but not if you travel most of the time and you don’t tend to have a ton of clothes. A guest room would be great but that’s only if you do a lot of entertaining. And a dream kitchen? Well, the first thing that you should ask yourself is if you plan on doing a lot of cooking in it. Our point here is that another part of coming up with an ideal floor plan is making sure that it’s not just something that will “seem nice” but will personally make a lot of sense. As you’re drawing yours up, just remember that a floor plan is to be wonderful but also very practical too.

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