Are you planning on building a custom home? If so, then you are going to have to put a lot of thought and consideration into creating your custom home floor plan. You have to be very clear in your own mind about your home plan or else you’re going to end up wasting a ton of money making changes in the middle of the construction process as the house takes shape and you realize it’s not quite right. The JBR Construction team has listed some important things for you to consider as you go about designing your new home. Your preliminary designs will inform your eventual house plans. Your design requirements will be the raw ingredients from which your designer creates your spectacular custom home, so read carefully!
Consider your lifestyle – Everyone has a different lifestyle, and you want to keep your particular lifestyle in mind when creating your floor plan. For example, if you do a lot of cooking, then you’ll want a larger kitchen space with more room for storage and appliances. If you entertain on a regular basis, you may want to design an open floor plan so that the house doesn’t feel cramped during social gatherings. If you do a lot of work at home, you may want a home office. Have children? Design your floor plan so that the master bedroom has some space between it and the other bedrooms in order to give yourself some privacy. You’re going to be very frustrated if you find out too late that your house plans interfere with your lifestyle.
Consider your future – If you are designing your own home, then odds are you’re going to want to live in it for quite some time. Few people design a custom home only to turn around and sell it within a few years unless they are forced to. This means that you should consider the function of the floor plan as you age. For example, if you’re already starting to have back problems or knee issues, then maybe a three-story floor plan isn’t such a good idea. In fact, you may want to limit your floor plan to a single plan, or maybe have at least one bedroom located on the first floor. Also consider how the size of your family might change over the years. Do you plan on having kids – or more kids? Will your parents move in with you as they grow older and are in need of assisted care? If so, you may want to implement an extra bedroom or two in your floor plan.
Consider the needs of your family – If you have an older member of the family living with you, make sure that the doorways and hallways are wide enough for someone in a wheelchair to get through. In fact, you’ll probably want to make the entrances handicap accessible. If you have young children, you’ll probably want to avoid installing a concrete floor even if it could look quite stylish since this could be a danger to their safety.
Consider how you locate your home on your lot – The orientation of your house matters. Prevailing wind direction, traffic noise, flow-through to your back yard, balance of front to back yard. Each of these criteria for locating your home on your lot could be very important to your lifestyle. For example, knowing which side of the house will receive the most sunlight in the winter allows you to design your house to have larger windows and smaller overhangs on that side. By doing this, your house will receive maximum sunlight and thereby warmth during the winter, allowing you to rely less on your heating and your lighting systems.
Time spent considering these details will pay off handsomely as you go about sketching the floor plan of your new home. For example; does the master bedroom really need an oversize walk-in closet when the space could be used to make the bedroom more accommodating? Each bedroom should have a closet, but closets can be smaller if you incorporate built-in cupboards and drawers. If you entertain a lot then a coat closet in the front entry will be vital. Do you plan on building a mudroom? If so, you must incorporate space for cubbies, well ventilated hanging spaces, and potentially a drying rack for boots etc.
It is proven that homes with large amounts of natural light are more energy efficient, but did you know that it is a major indicator to the “look and feel” of the interior of a home? This consideration will impact your eventual selling price as buyers are looking for homes that feel “right” the rightness in question here is natural light.
Think hard about designing rooms that can transition from one role to the next. The addition of a playroom or a gym room can be enticing, however if these rooms just become dumping areas for seasonal clothing or equipment then its purpose is lost. For example, an office that can double as a guest room or a quiet place for meditation might get used much more often than a room built for a single purpose.
Remember: you are the best person to conceive your floor plan layout because you know your family’s lifestyle intimately. A good Designer will help you make the most of your floor plan but ultimately you are the only person who must be pleased with the design and functionality of your new home. Let the team at JBR Construction help you through the process of designing your Custom home. Call us today!