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Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing or Designing a Floor Plan

Choosing the right floor plan for your new home involves more than just picking out carpet colors or wall paint. While these details seem significant, they pale in comparison to the crucial decision of your home's layout. Rushing through this decision can lead to regrettable mistakes that are more difficult to rectify. Below are things to consider to when selecting your new home floor plan:

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  1. Size and Budget Considerations: Consider the square footage carefully to ensure it aligns with your family size, maintenance preferences, budget, and furniture requirements. Sure, almost anyone would love a bigger home! But in reality budget almost always trumps those desires. We'd be happy to provide a price per square foot range based off houses we are currently building. Search your local real estate listings for new construction in the size of home you are wanting to build to get an idea of what it might cost. Our biggest piece of advice: involve your builder in the blueprint stage. Many architects deliver beautiful floor plans that check every box, but unfortunately they may not have a pulse on the current costs to build. We've seen homeowners spend thousands on blueprints to find out the size of home far exceeds their budget.

  2. Lifestyle Alignment: Your home should cater to your lifestyle. Factor in the number of occupants, work-from-home needs, cooking habits, mobility issues, and entertaining frequency when choosing your floor plan.

  3. Thorough Research: Investigate potential floor plans thoroughly, considering factors like environmental conditions, utility bills, and building setbacks to avoid unforeseen issues later on.

  4. Room and Door Placement: Carefully assess the placement of rooms, doors, and windows to ensure optimal flow and functionality within your home.

  5. Ask Questions: Don't hesitate to seek clarification from your builder or architect if aspects of the floor plan are unclear. Addressing concerns early can prevent misunderstandings during construction.

  6. Adequate Storage: Prioritize sufficient storage space in your floor plan to avoid clutter and maintain organization within your home. Consider the size of your basement and your garage.

Ultimately, finding the right floor plan for your new home requires collaboration with a trusted builder who can guide you through the process and help you discover the perfect layout for your future dwelling.


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