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Choosing the Right Floor Plan for your Home

A house’s floor plan is one of the most important aspects of a home. It determines a lot of features, from the sizes and shapes of the rooms, the flow, and the overall living experience in that property.

To help you find a home with a floor plan that fits your lifestyle and preferences, here are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  1. Size
  2. In order to choose the best floor plan for your needs, it’s important to determine the size of the home early on.

    Consider the total number of people that will be living in the house. How many bedrooms and bathrooms does the household need? Will there be children present? Are you starting a family in this home? Or are you downsizing? Once you’ve decided the ideal size for your new home, let’s move on to the…

  3. Type of home
  4. Some floor plans are best suited to specific housing types while others are more flexible.

    For instance, single-family homes can accommodate outdoor living spaces. Some townhouses may require careful floor planning, especially if the overall space is longer and narrower than usual. If you’re looking for a condo but would like to divide the space into several areas, it might be better to create these spaces through other means than building rooms due to the limited square footage.

    Split-level floor plans help you minimize the footprint of the home, but such an arrangement might not be kid-friendly, especially if you have small children in the household.

  5. Your style
  6. Your personal style preferences also plays a big role in choosing the right floor plan. Love light and spaces? A modern, open floor plan might be well-suited to you. Feeling traditional? You might prefer a compartmentalized floor plan.

  7. Possible modifications
  8. If you find a floor plan that isn’t exactly what you have in mind, don’t junk it immediately. Explore possible modifications with your real estate agent or a trusted builder (and with the latter, ask for quotes.)

    If you’re looking at condos, ask the HOA or the administration if you are permitted to make changes to the layout. Who knows, you might only need to open up a wall or two to create the perfect floor plan.

  9. Ups and downs of each floor plan
  10. Assessing the advantages and disadvantages of each floor plan is also of paramount importance.

    Example: let’s say you work from home, would love an open floor plan, but you also have kids in the house. You might not be able to concentrate on your work if the children are playing or watching TV just a few meters away from other. However, this setup can also be beneficial if you want to keep an eye on your kids while completing your tasks at work.

    Weigh each pro and con carefully and don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your agent or, if applicable, the people you will be living with.

Narrow down your home search to find the property that fits your needs perfectly! Let’s talk at (970) 889-0307 or matt@welcometonoco.com.