Many people jump right into designing a floor plan without taking the time to thoroughly think about the best layout for their family’s home. Please don’t do this! The best way to avoid custom floor plan mistakes is to *really* think about how your family lives BEFORE you create your floor plan.
Side note … there really are no ‘mistakes’ when it comes to designing a custom floor plan, but there *are* ways to make your layout more functional.
Believe me, I know that creating a custom floor plan from scratch is a daunting task … been there and done that (see my custom home here).
However, if you take the time to *really* think about your plan before you get started, then you are far less likely to make mistakes and, consequently, far less likely to regret your decisions.
I want YOU to get your floor plan right and feel proud of your future home, so I’ve added a list of 10 questions below for you to thoughtfully consider and answer to get you started in creating the perfect floor plan for YOUR family.
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All right, let’s get into the questions that will help you avoid making mistakes when creating your custom floor plan.
Questions to Help You Avoid Custom Floor Plan Mistakes
When answering these questions, I encourage you to put some time and effort into considering each question and answer it as thoroughly as possible.
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- If our budget was unlimited, what would our dream home layout look like? Describe in detail.
- What is our (rough) home build budget? What can we comfortably afford?
- Do we plan to resell this home in the future or is this our ‘forever home’? (i.e. do we need to consider what will be helpful for reselling in the future?)
- What does our land look like (dimensions, setbacks, trees, etc.)? If we haven’t selected land, what type of land do we need to accommodate our desired floor plan?
- What direction do we want our house to face? Where do we want the sun to pour in at sunrise and sunset?
- What is the maximum size of square footage that will fit our lot?
- How large do we want our house? What square footage is reasonable?
- What goals do we want to accomplish with this house? Describe in detail.
- Do we want a two-story or a ranch home? Tip: ranch homes are typically more expensive to build because they have a larger footprint (foundation) than a two-story.
- How many bedrooms do we want? How many bathrooms do we want?
These 10 questions are just the start. You’ll probably think of more considerations for your floor plan as you start really thinking about your answers to these questions.
Keep in mind that you have what it takes to create the perfect floor plan for your family. You just need to *really* think about your home layout needs before you meet with your builder, architect, or draftsperson (i.e. whoever is drawing up your plans).
The more effort you put into answering the questions above, the greater your chance of avoiding custom floor plan mistakes.
If you want to dive deeper into creating the perfect floor plan for YOUR family’s needs, download a copy of my *FREE* Guided Floor Plan Creation Workbook.
This awesome resource includes the 10 questions in this blog post, PLUS even more guided questions that will help you to *really* consider what is most (and least) important to you in your future home layout.
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