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How to choose the right project home floor plan

Oct 6, 2018 | Project Homes

Choosing the right floor plan is one of the most important decisions you will make when building a new project home. Whether a home design is right for you will depend on a number of factors including your:

So before you sign on the dotted line, it is a good idea to check your house plan will actually suit your reality. Here are some factors to consider before you choose a project home design.

Your building budget

Your budget is the first consideration when choosing a floor plan for your new project home.

Generally speaking, 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.

Would you like plenty of space for a garden or yard? Again, a double storey home may be a good option here to maximise your outdoor space.

If you have a larger block, a single storey floor plan may suit you.

It is common to build ranch style homes on larger blocks or acreages, as these house plans spread across the block, leaving plenty of space for a front and rear yard.

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Land orientation

One very important consideration is the aspect, or orientation of your block. From what direction will the sun rise and fall each day? And what direction will the front door face?

To capture the most sunlight, many people choose a home design where the living areas face north, to allow more natural light into the home.

That might mean that the living areas need to be by the front door, or along one side of the home, or at the back.

Remember, most floor plans can be flipped if you want the rooms that are on the right to be on the left.

Land location

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.

Family situation

Possibly the biggest factor in choosing your floor plan is your family situation. If you have children, how many bedrooms do you need?

  • Do you require a parent’s retreat or an additional living area so each member of the family can enjoy their own space (if your budget allows)?
  • An increasingly common family situation is where multiple generations live together. Is this something you will need to accommodate now or in the future?

Consider whether you will require more bedrooms, additional bathrooms and so on. Or maybe a duplex home design.

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There is no doubt that building a new home is an exciting time! We imagine 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.

  • How many bedrooms will you need? A master for you, one each for any children and a guest room to spare means that often a 3 bedroom or 4 bedroom house plan is the minimum. Today, 5 bedroom floor plans are becoming increasingly popular.
  • 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.
  • If you have a large family, a few separate bathrooms and toilets is best for the school morning rush!


Believe it or not, even your furniture can have an impact on your floor plan! This is an especially important consideration for smaller areas such as bedrooms.

  • Consider whether you will require bedrooms big enough for double beds, plus a desk for students.
  • Will you need a large dining area for that beautiful antique dining table, or a generous lounge room to accommodate your new lounge suite?


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 more easily identify what suits your personal tastes.

Every person is unique, which is why Mincove Homes offer both standard design project homes, and custom built homes to match your budget, block, family situation, lifestyle, furniture and taste.

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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