Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Choosing a Floor Plan for Your Home

A floor plan is one of the most important features of a home. Choosing one is a significant decision that shouldn't be made without careful consideration. Although the layout of the rooms and their flow will most likely depend on your personal sense of style, there are other factors to keep in mind. Here are some things to take into account when selecting a plan. 

Family size and age of children
The size of your family is important since you want to make sure there are enough bedrooms and bathrooms, but don't forget about shared areas like the kitchen, family room, and hallways. If you have young children, you may prefer having bedrooms closer to each other and/or on the same level. Families with teenagers and young adults may prefer rooms that are more spaced out and possibly on different levels. 

Accessibility needs
You want everything in your home to flow naturally and fit perfectly. With that in mind, you'll need to consider the spacing and distance between certain areas for convenience reasons. For example, how close will the bathroom be to your bedroom? Where will the kitchen be located in relation to the front door for when you come in with groceries? You don't want to do more walking than you have to. Also, take where the stairs are located into account, as well as how much walking you'll have to do to get to different parts of the home. 

Your lifestyle
Are you more traditional or modern? Every homeowner has their own lifestyle and wants to give their home its own personal feel. Choose a floor plan that suits your needs and aesthetic tastes. Also, remember to create space for your furnishings and decorations, as you will want to place these throughout your home.

Use your old home as a guide
Using your previous floor plan as a guide is a great way to find a new one that will work for you. What did you like and not like about your last arrangement? Did your last bathroom not come with a closet? Was your last hallway so narrow that if it got any thinner, you'd have to turn sideways to fit? Make a list of what you did and didn't like and use it to design your new floor.

While you may be ready and eager to come up with your floor plan, you should always have a budget so that you don't go overboard with spending. See what options are available that fit your income and allow you to choose a floor plan that you like. Also, speak to a design professional and get their advice. As a
family owned and operated business established by Lizzio Development Group, CustomSmart Homes offers a team of highly skilled and experienced experts to help you choose a floor plan that you will enjoy for years to come.

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