5 Tips for Choosing the Right Floorplan for Your Family

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Whether you’re purchasing your first home or you’re getting ready to move to a new home, finding the right floorplan can be challenging. There are a lot of factors that can affect how you respond to a new home, from the size to how the rooms are positioned within the home.

It’s common for people to focus on the exterior of the home looks, but it’s important to focus on the floorplan. Where and how will you entertain? Are the bedrooms group together or is the owner’s retreat separated? Will you have to lug the laundry up and down stairs? Can you entertain? While the elevation style can easily be changed to better suit your personal style, a floorplan isn’t as flexible.

Below are some simple tips to guide you as you pick the right floorplan that fits your family’s lifestyle.

Tips for Choosing the Right Floorplan


Know your budget

Your budget will ultimately guide your floorplan search, from the home size to added features and upgrades. It’s easy to get star-struck and push your budget to its limit to perfectly outfit your home but restraint is your friend.

You can always upgrade fixtures, flooring and the like in your home later, it’s difficult change the placement of your kitchen and living room because you realized the way it flows doesn’t work with how you live.

Make a wish list

Take a critical look at your current home and consider how it works and doesn’t work for your family. What’s missing from your current home that you want or need? More bedrooms? Storage space or bathrooms? Put together a wish list of features you “must have” and others that are “nice to have” in your new home.

Know your family lifestyle

Your wish list should be a reflection of your family’s lifestyle. Do you have young children? Do you entertain frequently? Does your family like to spend time outdoors? Do you work from home or need a dedicated work area? All these factors should be taken into account when evaluating floorplans.

Families with small children may want to have the bedrooms on the same floor whereas families with older children or teens may be fine having the owner’s retreat separated to give everyone a sense of privacy. If you like to entertain, an open floorplan where the kitchen, dining, and living rooms are seamlessly connected may be perfect.

For some people, outdoor spaces can be just as important as the kitchen or number of bedrooms. If you value having an outdoor space, be sure to pay special attention to those areas while touring homes.

Know your decorating style

Surprisingly, your decorating style can affect the type of floorplan layout you’ll ultimately gravitate towards. If you have a consistent decorating style from room to room, an open floorplan will work in your favor. Conversely, if you’re a traditionalist at heart with specific decorating styles for each room, a traditional floorplan with enclosed and distinct rooms is best.

Trust your gut

At the end of day, there are just some floorplans that will resonate with you more than others. We’re all able to “feel” when a floorplan is the right fit, even when we’re unable to put those feelings into words. It’s important to listen to what speaks to you when touring homes. Trust those instincts.

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