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Choosing the right home for you and your family is one of the most exciting events that you will experience. How your family will use your new home is largely determined by lifestyle, and the right layout can significantly impact your experience in the home. From its size and shape, to where the rooms are located in adjacent to each other, to how the flow of the house feels can make or break a sale. According to freshome.com, there are several effective ways to choose the right floor plan for your home.

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Design Style:

Every homeowner has their own design style and choosing a floor plan that meets your needs is essential. Perhaps, you consider yourself more traditional and prefer a floor plan where walls separate rooms. Maybe, you want a more modern open floor concept that will satisfy you and your family better. Whichever design style you prefer, you should consider how furnishings will look within the home, especially in open concept designs because of the flow from room to room.

Location:

Your next consideration is to decide what type of dwelling fits your family best. Depending on where you want to live could dictate what type of floor plan fits the bill. Dwellings such as single-family homes usually have more outdoor space for a backyard and overall areas to spread out. An attached home, like a townhouse, brownstone or condo in an urban area could also meet your single family home needs, but it’s divided up with a multi-level floor plan. Split-level floor plan means your entire floors are split to separate levels. Each layout is different and must be considered when you’re looking at homes.

Pros & Cons:

There is no such thing as a perfect floor plan, so it’s important that you understand the pros and cons that you will encounter in the house that you choose. You need to decide what your priorities are for your lifestyle and what can you learn to live with or live without. A large living room window wall might be overlooked as a negative because it limits space, but natural light is a main feature that you want.

Layout:

When choosing a floor plan, ensure you are basing your decision on how the home flows and feels for your daily activities. Don’t get overly excited about the upgraded floors, countertops and appliances in the home you are viewing. You should imagine the home in a stripped down state and form your own opinion how the layout will work with your family in residence. A floor plan should feel right when you walk through the house and it should meet your criteria for how it moves. An example is the ease of flow from the kitchen or living room from the foyer. Trust your instincts when reviewing homes and the various floor plans within them.

Furnishings:

While thinking about the rooms and layout of your floor plan, consider whether your existing furniture will work with the new arrangement. If you must buy new furniture you will still need to determine what pieces will fit into what rooms in the new plan.

Modifications:

If you have found the house of your dreams, but the floor plan is slightly off, modifying the layout is a viable option to make the house flow better. Removing a spare closet to make more room in a bathroom or opening up a wall to create a multi-functional room can make your floor plan even better. Finally, here are a few pitfalls in house floor plans to avoid altogether because, regardless of your style, they are simply incorrect for any house layout.

  • Inside Stairway Facing the Entrance
  • Hallway Facing the Entrance
  • Dining Room in the Center
  • Adjoining Bedrooms
  • Bedrooms Located Off the Living Room / Dining Room (unless senior)
  • Poorly Located Guest Bathroom
  • No Views From One Room to Another

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