When most people decide to build a new home, it isn’t a spur of the moment decision. It can take months, even years to move forward and make it a reality.
If you’ve had your dream home on your mind, chances are that idea has been growing for quite a while. You might have files of pictures and brochures. You might have stacks of floor plans. The ideas have become somewhat overwhelming.
Where do you begin?
As a homebuilder, we understand what you’re going through. You desire and love the new home styles. A floor plan that meets all of your needs and wants is a must. How do you marry the two together?
Make Sure The Floor Plan Measures Up
Before you ever get to the selection process, you should start with a list of needs and desires first. Ask yourself a few questions:
• How many bedrooms do I need?
• How many bathrooms would I like?
• Do I want a certain square footage?
• Do I want a single or a multi-level design?
Today’s families like space. A lot of space. According to the Census Bureau’s annual report on Characteristics of New Housing, the average size of a new house built in 2015 reached an all-time high of 2,687 square feet. That’s an increase of 62 percent over new houses built in 1973.
New home styles offer floor plans that are more efficient than ever. And for most families today, efficiency matters.
Follow The Flow
Think about all of the homes you’ve lived in throughout your life. Chances are you can put your finger on things that worked and things that didn’t with every one of them.
You would move the laundry room to a better place, closer to the bedrooms.
You would make the kitchen larger and easier to work in as a family.
You prefer bedrooms to be in a certain part of your home, possibly upstairs, or in their own wing.
We all have different wishes and desires. That’s why there are a lot of different floor plans available. We have more than 30 to suit your needs.
However, we also know that a mere glance will automatically put some of these into your “no” pile, while others will move to “maybe”.
That’s because we all operate differently. What works for one family won’t work for another. And wouldn’t it be a pretty boring world if we all had the same home?
Does The Home Fit Your Location
Have you ever watched a home show on HGTV? It’s fun watching a builder put up a beautiful country home in a rural community or a contemporary home in the middle of a city.
Every home style has its ideal location. What works in an urban city would look a little out of place as a mountain retreat.
If you’re planning on building your dream home, you have a location in mind. Is it out in the open air, with only a few trees nearby? Is there a babbling brook that cuts through your property? Are there rolling hills to contend with? Are you trying to capture a view?
Not every floor plan will work in every location. Not every home style makes the perfect addition to a neighborhood. You don’t want to stand out in your community … and be that house.
The good news is that when you choose to work with us, we’ve done a lot of the work for you. We know what home styles work well here in our communities. We’ve already selected the most popular floor plans that offer you the best in new home amenities.
We’ve done a lot of the research and the sorting for you, and offer you the best floor plans people love. We’ve even put a lot of our tips and advice in a free home plan book.
The Floor Plan Is Great, But …
We’ve seen it happen a lot. A client comes in with two floor plans and can’t decide between them. What do you do then?
That’s where we can help.
Many of our floor plans have wiggle room to allow you to change your space based on your needs. Why not add a bonus room over the garage? Or turn a living space into a fourth bedroom?
That’s what makes building your dream home so exciting. Start with a plan in mind, then change little things here and there to make it suit your needs. We pride ourselves in starting with standard features we know you’ll love. Then we help you add personality and ambiance to make it uniquely your own.
We know you’re going to love the results.
Evaluate The Pros and Cons Of Your Favorites
Let’s face it; there isn’t a perfect floor plan. Every new home style built today has its strengths and weaknesses.
What it comes down to is finding a floor plan you can live with; one that offers you everything you need to settle in comfortably for many years to come. For some, that may be one with large windows that lets natural light flood in from every direction. For others, it may be an open concept that enables you to keep an eye on the kids from the places you spend the most time.
When it comes down to making your final selection, narrow it to your favorites. Then list out the pros and cons of each and see how they compare.
Then let us make a few more suggestions. We can point you in a different direction and make you think of things you might never have thought of before. Like which one offers more energy efficiency. Or which will work better as your kids move into their tweens and teens.
It’s easy to focus on today; we help you look at your home for a lifetime. It is your dream home, after all. Shouldn’t your dream home function well in many phases of your life?
We can help you see how it fits, today, tomorrow, next year, and beyond.
That’s really what makes a dream home, your home. It isn’t the perfect floor plan or even having the latest and greatest new home on the market. It’s making sure you fit. For a lifetime.