When purchasing a new home, there are many details that need to be considered. From siding and sofas, to layout and light fixtures, it is easy for a new home buyer to feel overwhelmed by the number of decisions that need to be made. One of the first and most important decisions a homebuyer needs to make is choosing the floor plan that is right for their lifestyle. Whether you are an empty nester looking to downsize, or a young family buying a home for their kids to grow up in, the following tips will help any home buyer select the floor plan that best fits their needs.
When it comes to choosing the right floor plan, there is no “one size fits all” approach. Depending on where you spend your time, you may want a particular room to be larger or smaller than another. For example, if you are a homeowner that likes to host a lot of gatherings or parties, you may want to have more room in areas of the home where people tend to gather, such as the kitchen or living room. On the other hand, if you are buying a home as a young or growing family you may want more bathroom space or more bedrooms. When looking at floor plans, considering where you are in life, and where you plan on going, is critical as it will dictate where your floor plan needs to have increased square footage.
Flow, Functionality & Layout
Having a layout with rooms that are the right size to fit your needs is definitely the first thing that needs to be considered. The placement of each room relative to another plays a huge part in the functionality of your home. If you have to walk down the hall to go from your kitchen to your dining room, the floorplan of your home may not be very functional. It could make more sense for the dining room to be beside the kitchen, either open to the kitchen, or separated by a bar or pony wall. Other rooms that function well together are bathrooms being near bedrooms, as well as kitchens having a pantry or storage space nearby. If the rooms within your home flow well from one to the next based on usage and practicality, you are on the right path to a floor plan that suits you.
In combination with the way rooms flow, the layout of the home with regards to openness and privacy can change what type of floor plan best suits a particular lifestyle. Open floor plans offer homeowners a lot of functional space if they are the type that enjoy hosting, or have young children that need to be supervised. Conversely, sometimes a floor plan that offers more privacy through closed rooms with walls might be preferred in a home with older children or a non-related roommate situation. Openness and level of privacy in a layout is a factor to consider.
An important thing to remember when building a new home, or evaluating various floor plans, is that you can always upgrade the places that matter most to you! Sometimes, new home buyers might feel like they’re having a tough time finding the perfect fit. Whether a home doesn’t jump out to them in a spectacular way, or they just can’t see themselves living with a particular detail of the house, homeowners can get hung up on elements they don’t like in showhome, but almost every element of a new home is customizable. Often, upgrading details of a home such as stone, lighting, or finishes to provide the home with a different look can make all the difference! So if you’re not finding exactly what you were hoping for, be sure to ask about upgrades - that might be the change you need to fall in love with a home.
When you’re reviewing floor plans, it is important that you don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. Along with the plan’s flow, layout, and size, you need to remember that you will be living in this home! This means that one day, these rooms will be filled with furniture. Consider how each floor plan would work with your current furniture, or if you would want to buy new furniture for the home. In some cases, you may love the plan, but your furniture might not work well with the space. This means you would also need to factor new furniture into your budget. However, if you find a floor plan that works well with your existing furniture, not only can you keep all of your furniture to furnish the majority of your new home, but you could also save money in the process.
There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at floor plans and determining what would be best for your lifestyle, the reality is that nobody knows what works best for you as well as you do. Trust your instincts! When you are walking through various show home options, you will go through a range of emotions based on details of each floor plan that you like or dislike. As someone looking to move into a home that meets their needs, it is important to take note of that. If you buy a home with a floor plan that you think suits your lifestyle but you don’t necessarily love, you may find yourself frustrated at some point in the future. When the showhome browsing is done and you have selected your floor plan, you need to feel 100% comfortable with the choice you’ve made.
The process of selecting the right floor plan can be long, tiring, and sometimes frustrating. There are so many options, and it can feel difficult deciding which plan works best before you start building. Luckily, if you need assistance or have any questions, sales advisors in every Qualico community are there to lend a helping hand! They take a client-focused approach, getting to know the homebuyer and working with you step by step, to help select the perfect plan. Come by the showhomes in any Qualico Community Monday-Thursday from 2:00pm-8:00pm, or weekends from 12:00pm-5:00pm to meet with a sales advisor and begin creating your future home.