How to Come Up With a Floor Plan That Meets Your Needs

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Kevin Estes

Designing the Perfect Floor Plan

One of the most exciting benefits of building a custom home is that you are the designer. You have a hand in creating the perfect floor plan to meet your needs. Instead of searching for months (or longer) to find a home that may work, you can create a home that’s built to accommodate both your needs and wants. There’s no need to compromise when you build custom.

Although the creative prospect of custom building can be fun and inspiring, it can also be overwhelming if you’re not sure where to start. Let’s discuss how to come up with a fitting floor plan.

Focus on Your Current Needs

What are your must-haves in your future home? Do you need space to entertain family and friends for the holidays and social events? Do you work from home and need a dedicated office? Will your home serve three generations at the same time (you, your parents, and your children)? Other must-haves could include a second floor laundry room, a wrap around front porch, or a three car garage.

Sorting between your must-haves and your nice-to-haves can help you settle on the right floor plan. If you need to include a second kitchen in the basement, mark it as a priority. Then, don’t settle for a floor plan that doesn’t include it– you don’t want to move into your dream home and then have regrets.

Consider Your Future Needs

Your custom home is likely to be your forever home. While your home should fit into your lifestyle now, it should also fit into your future. What needs will you have 10, 20, or 30 years down the road? For example, you may decide on a first floor master to avoid climbing stairs when you get older. Think of how your home can continue to serve you.

Look for Inspiration

It’s never too soon to start collecting home design ideas. Even if you’re not ready to break ground, you can gather inspirational images and floor plans that you love. After a while, you’ll start to notice a trend. You’ll notice that the majority of your images gravitate towards a specific design (for example, you may love modern design or have a penchant for French country). The more images you collect, the easier it will be for you (and your future architect and interior designer) to realize your dream.

To start collecting home ideas right away, open a free account on Pinterest. You can set these images to private so that they’re only visible to you. You can search for home design inspiration on Pinterest, or you can search the web and then save your favorite images to your Pinterest board.

Work With an Architect

Once you’ve decided how your dream house will look and function, you’ll work with an architect to turn your ideas into an actual floor plan. Here at Estes Builders, we have an on-staff architect who’ll work closely with you to make those dreams a reality.

Are you ready to start designing your dream home? Let’s talk. Request your free project analysis here.

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