The search for a home plan can be an exciting and fulfilling experience if you first prioritize your needs with desires. As you begin your search, consider the features in a home that are most important to you – while keeping your budget in mind. Here are some suggestions on what to consider as you search for the perfect home plan.
Families today have a more casual lifestyle and often prefer a much more relaxed and inviting atmosphere – so keep your own particular lifestyle in mind. Open floor plans can give the illusion of a much larger square footage while creating an easier transition for individuals who may be downsizing into a more compact dwelling.
Always keep in mind existing furniture. Your dining room and master bedroom suites may need extra space so be sure to allow for plenty of wall space while planning for any new pieces.
You can’t ever have too much storage. As we all know, storage space is a key element in a home, so make sure there’s adequate closet and cabinet space for every day use as well as seasonal and garage storage.
You may or may not require a formal dining room, so be sure to review home plans that have a combination dining area and kitchen or breakfast room. A kitchen and breakfast room paired with a nearby hearth room can serve many purposes while creating an ultra cozy atmosphere. Bedrooms can sometimes take up a lot of unnecessary square footage, so decide how many bedrooms you actually need and how often they are used. Perhaps a part-time “flex-room” such as a den or study or bonus room will serve as an adequate guestroom – instead of an occasionally used, extra bedroom. Use that extra square footage in your everyday living space – for your entire family to enjoy.
One of the most important areas and biggest selling features in a home is the Master Suite. The Master Bedroom should be well thought out as far as wall space for large bedroom furniture, closet storage and much appreciated privacy. Always be sure to consider window placement in your bedroom. Will the morning or afternoon sun be a gift or a nuisance? The Master bathroom should also be planned accordingly.
Think about overall convenience while keeping safety and any future needs such as handicap accessibility. Many home plans have Master Suites that incorporate laundry closets with a stacked washer and dryer, saving both space and time – a major convenience. And a handy kitchenette equipped with a coffee maker, small refrigerator and microwave can provide you a very cost efficient amenity while adding extra value to your home. After all, the Master Suite should be the homeowner’s sanctuary, and most of all, a place of refuge.
Recent trends have changed the way we view our kitchens. Once a utility space, now more open to family rooms allowing us to spend more time with loved ones while preparing meals and entertaining guests. Other highly desired kitchen features include large work islands with prep sinks, bar seating, built-in televisions and computer centers. Large open kitchens that blend with breakfast and hearth rooms can be a wonderful place for family gatherings.
The surge in family-oriented areas is flooding the home building industry at an enormous rate. A much-needed “focus on family” is finally a priority again and newly built homes are reflecting it. Now more than ever, home designers are incorporating media rooms, bonus and game rooms and the much adored home theater into new home plans. These extra features have always been present in perceived upper-scale homes” throughout the country; however, new homeowners are now aware that these “built-in systems” can be very affordably included into their monthly mortgage. This includes security systems, distributed audio and video, lighting control and home automation – to name a few. These additions need to be incorporated during the home plan stage to be most cost efficient and included in your monthly payments. Most individuals consider adding speaker systems, plasma televisions, security and alarm systems after they move in which can cost a fortune compared to the “during construction phase”. Not only will these features increase the overall value of your home, but most importantly give your family a sense of security, convenience and enjoyment.
Covered porches will add a timeless element and play a significant role in home plan selection. If cooking and entertaining outdoors is an enjoyment, a home plan with a grilling porch may be a good choice. And a favorite among homeowners is the traditional screened-in porch possibly rekindling pleasant childhood memories at Grandma’s house. Many different forms of porches are available including wrap around, deep set and screened porches giving the home wonderful street appeal as well as adding shade. While porches can add that finishing touch to a home, they provide protection from the elements and extend a place for family conversation and mostly, a place of solitude.
Treat your family to a designated room…for a special hobby or activity. Don’t frustrate and limit your self by cluttering your kitchen counter or dining table. Instead, choose a home plan with a hobby and/or oversized laundry rooms with built-in sewing and craft center. Consider these important areas for unwinding – for you and your family.
Whether you are a seasoned homeowner or first time buyer, your choice of a home plan is of the utmost importance. Invest some time and do your homework. You need to be able to “speak the language” and understand the general process and how weather and the local building industry can affect your project. Attempt to gain as much information as possible helping you in the long run as you venture into the world of new home construction.
Your home plan should meet your family’s present and future needs while making allowances for features that your family will enjoy everyday. After all, your true focus should be making your new house – your perfect home.