How to choose the right home floor plan
Choosing the right floor plan is one of the most important decisions you will make when building your new home. Whether a home design is right for you will depend on a few factors, we’ve broken them down for you below:
Your budget is the first consideration when choosing a floor plan for your new home.
Double storey homes are more expensive to build than single storey homes, so your budget will have an impact on what type of house design you choose.
YOUR BLOCK OF LAND
In new suburban estates, generally the trend is for smaller blocks with large houses. If you have a family and a smaller block, you may wish to consider a two storey floor plan, to maximise living space with a smaller footprint. If you want plenty of space for a garden or yard, a double storey home may be a good option here to maximise your outdoor space, but if you have a larger block, a single storey floor plan may suit you best. The aspect, or orientation of your block – what direction the sun rises from, where you want the afternoon light, which way you want the front door to face.
The location of your block is another important factor in choosing your floor plan. If you are lucky enough to have ocean views for example, a house plan that best allows you to take in these views is desirable. Consider where you would like the views to be seen from – whether it be from the living areas, or on a certain level of the home, and choose a plan that best accommodates this. In some locations there may be restrictions on building heights, or distances from boundaries, which will have a bearing on the floor plan you choose.
Possibly the biggest factor in choosing your floor plan is your family situation. Some questions you might like to consider:
- If you have children, how many bedrooms do you need? What size bed do they need to fit?
- Will multiple generations be living in the home now or in the future?
- Do you need additional living space?
- How many bathrooms will work for your family? Upstairs/downstairs?
There is no doubt that building a new home is an exciting time; Weekends entertaining friends and weekdays relaxing after work in the comforts of our beautiful new home. When choosing your floor plan, it is therefore important to consider your lifestyle and what layout will accommodate your needs.
If you plan to entertain often you may need a large kitchen that is part of an open plan so you can prepare food while holding a conversation with your guests. If you love an outdoor barbeque or plan to have a pool, an alfresco area could be a great fit for you.
Finally, a key consideration in choosing the right floor plan for you is taste. While contemporary home designs favour open plan living, this may not necessarily be what you want for your home.
We suggest visiting various display homes to get a feel for the floor plans and options available.
Visiting a display home in person gives you a better understanding of the size and proportions of a home, while allowing you to identify more easily what suits your personal tastes.
Our home building process expertly guides you through every step, from selecting floor plans to customising your interior.
We invite you to visit our display centres and discover our wide range of floor plans – we just know one is perfect for you!
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