The floor plan of your home is one of the biggest and most important choices you will make when buying your new home. Since buying a home is a long-term commitment, it is essential that you select a floor plan that will meet your family’s needs both today and in the future.
To help ease the stress of figuring out which floor plan will work best for you, ask yourself these questions while browsing for houses to help you find the home of your dreams.
What is My Family’s Lifestyle?
The most important thing you need to figure out is your family’s lifestyle and how that corresponds to your ideal floor plan. For example, families with young children usually prefer for the private spaces of the house (bedrooms and bathrooms) to be grouped together in one area of the house. Families with teenagers and older children usually prefer for the bedrooms to be separated away from each other to provide more privacy for everyone. An easy way to figure out what you need from a floor plan to match your lifestyle is to make a list of what you like and what you don’t like about your current floor plan. Compare it to floor plans you view in your house hunting to find the perfect one to fit your family’s needs.
How Often Do You Have Company?
If you regularly entertain guests, you may prefer an open floor plan to welcome guests in. A wide foyer opening into a living and dining room would be warm and welcoming for company. If you and your family are a bit more private and don’t like putting your home on display every time you open the front door, a formal living room adjacent to the front door will be a better choice.
Do You Want Single- or Multi-Story?
Many families enjoy single-story homes where all of the rooms are on the same floor. Most single-story homes group public rooms in the center and bedrooms and bathrooms are located off to the sides of the floor plan. Multi-story homes usually keep public rooms such as the dining area, living room and kitchen on the main floor of the house while the bedrooms are located upstairs to provide more privacy.
Do You Have Family Members Who Need Special Accessibility?
Old homes usually have narrow hallways and doorways, which may not be best for small children. Family members with visual or physical impairment may prefer for all of the rooms to be on the same floor, as may elderly family members. Even if your family does not currently have any special needs, try to think at least five years in the future. Do you foresee having children? Is there a possibility of an elderly family member moving in with you? Addressing these possibilities in advance can save you the hassle of renovating or moving again when these changes arise.