Congratulations! You've decided to purchase the home of your dreams.
Along the way, you can expect to make plenty of decisions, from the backsplash you want to the countertop material you prefer. Of course, the right design consultants can guide you every step of the way!
However, long before you start choosing finishes and paint colors, you'll need to finalize one important choice: your floorplan!
With so many different configurations available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Today, we're sharing a few ways you can map out the best layout that will serve your family well for years to come.
1. Make Use of Space
Many homeowners start the design process with a certain number of square feet in mind. For instance, they might know for certain that their large brood can't live in less than 2,500 square feet.
However, it helps to realize that modern layouts are increasingly efficient. Though open-concept living dominates the design scene now, it wasn't always this way, and older homes tend to have a choppier layout than their younger peers. This means that you may be able to choose a 2,000-square-foot new home that feels bigger and works better than a pre-existing home measuring 3,000 square feet.
As you compare layouts, focus on how each one makes use of the space at hand. This can help you narrow down your options and find the one that fits your needs.
2. Consider Your Evolving Lifestyle
Sure, an upstairs owner suite might not be a big deal when the kids are little and you need somewhere to escape with your partner. However, will that same setup work when you're older or will you need to relocate to a bedroom on the first level?
When you're choosing your ideal layout, it's important to keep both your current and future lifestyle in mind. Think about what your life looks like now, as well as what it will look like years later. The features that you're considering to be must-haves now might be the exact ones you're trying to remove as your tastes and needs adjust.
It's true that you can always renovate or adjust as your needs evolve. Yet, you can save time, money and energy by making most of these big decisions sooner rather than later. It's easy to get caught into the "right now" mentality, but a little foresight can go a long way in this case.
3. Know Your Wants and Needs
When you start to begin thinking of your dream home, it might be a little intimidating at first. After all, there are myriad options to sort through and choices to make, and these are decisions that you'll have to live with for years.
As such, it helps to prepare a little beforehand.
While your Sales Specialist can walk you through the process, you don't want to show up without any idea of what you like, dislike, want or need.
Create a simple checklist and write down your must-have layout elements. For instance, you might know for certain that you want a certain amount of bedrooms. Or, you could be resolute in your decision to have a backyard patio space.
Then, write down the features that you would like your new home to contain. These aren't necessarily deal-breakers, but if the floor plan contains them, you'd more likely be interested. These might include a media room or an office space.
Bring your list to the Sales Specialist and share them with the team. This gives everyone an idea of what you expect and serves as a great starting point for future discussions.
4. Mentally "Walk" the Space
Today, there are different kinds of design tools that can deliver a 3D view of your prospective layout. From there, you can visualize yourself walking through each room.
Take advantage of our virtual tours to get a more realistic look at how your home will appear. This is a much more realistic approach than relying on computer-generated, line-based layouts alone. Pretend that you are walking from room to room, and consider how each living space flows into the next.
Is the laundry room too far from the bedroom? Can you maneuver from the dining area to the kitchen with ease or does it feel awkward? As you perform this exercise, it will help you decide which floor plan is best for you.
5. Don't Forget Furniture
It's easy to get so caught up in designing an empty space that you forget about incorporating your furniture. If you plan to bring any of your current furniture into your new home, you'll need to think about how it fits in the space and where you'd put it.
For instance, do you have an oversized sectional that you intend to use as the main couch in the living room? If so, make sure there is room to contain it. The same goes for your heirloom dining table or that portrait you plan to hang in the breakfast nook.
You don't want to move into your dream home only to realize that a few of the things you love won't fit inside of it. Take the time to measure beforehand and save your sanity down the road!
6. Take a Tour
Many builders will allow prospective buyers to tour model homes or spec homes before designing their layout. We're one of them! This is a great way to see different floor plans to narrow down your preferences.
As you visit our models, you can speak to our Sales Specialists to learn more about each design. This post explains more about how our VIP Tours work and what you can expect.
7. Consider a Quick-Build Home
In addition to to-be-built homes, you'll find that many builders, including our team, can provide quick-move-in homes to expedite and simplify the process.
With these homes, you can still pick your floor plan but changes will be minimal as the home is either done or almost done. On our website, you can filter through our quick-move-in homes and narrow the choices by your specific preferences, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need.
Choose Your Perfect Floorplan With Us
Now that you know how to choose a floorplan that looks as great as it flows, are you ready to get started? If so, we'd love to connect. We've been building exceptional homes for more than 25 years, and we know exactly how to help homeowners create the spaces of their dreams.
Take the time to learn more about how we work by filling out the form below and check out our Room-by-Room Gallery for plenty of design inspiration!