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3 Tips to Design the Perfect Floor Plan for your Family

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10/07/20

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Carrie Barker

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Creating or choosing your floor plan is a HUGE part of building a home. It’s exciting to design your floor plan, but it’s also important that you really think about what you’re doing. You want to create a home that flows well and is functional for YOUR family … plus, you want it to fit into your budget. Below are 3 tips to design the perfect floor plan for your family.

Please note that your BUDGET is obviously the MOST important factor in creating your floor plan. However, I wanted to go deeper and give you other important things to consider when creating your house plans. Keep your budget in mind as you go work through these tips below.

3 TIPS TO DESIGN THE PERFECT FLOOR PLAN

 

TIP 1: CONSIDER HOW YOUR FAMILY WILL LIVE IN THE HOME

When you thoroughly consider what is most and least important to you in your future home, as well as HOW your family will live in the home, you are better able to create a custom floor plan that is both functional and perfect for YOUR family.

When thinking about room sizes and layout, focus your square footage on the rooms that are most important to you and will be used most often by your family.

This is YOUR home so it doesn’t matter what other people think when it comes to room sizes.

I recommend that after you read this blog post, you pull out a piece of paper or create a Google doc and just start brainstorming anything and everything you can think of about how your family will ‘live’ in your future home.

Some ideas to get you started …

Where do you picture your children doing their homework (or their entire freakin’ school day if it’s still Covid virtual learning!)?

How do you envision you and/or your spouse cooking? Where will your family eat dinner?

Where will your kiddos hang out when their friends are over? Where will you relax as a family?

When designing my home, I focused the bulk of our square footage in the main living areas. I knew I wanted a good-sized kitchen and family room where we could hang out as a family, as well as a large mudroom to organize (or throw on the floor … thanks, kids and hubby) coats, shoes, and backpacks.

The bottom line … really think about how your family will move around the house and what rooms are most important for YOUR family.

This leads us to the next tip …

TIP 2: CONSIDER YOUR FLOOR PLAN MUST-HAVES

Are there rooms that you can’t live without (e.g. four bathrooms because you have a large family)?

Are there rooms that aren’t that important to you so they can either be smaller or removed altogether (e.g. formal dining room)?

I recommend that you brainstorm and add to your Google doc (as mentioned above) a list of absolute must-haves in your future home.

Also, make a list of things that would be nice-to-have (e.g. sloped ceilings) and a list of things that aren’t worth the money to you (e.g. finished rec room or basement).

Do keep in mind that spouses don’t always have the same idea of what’s most and least important, so make sure to communicate with your spouse to ensure you’re on ‘the same page’.

Related Reading: HOW TO AVOID CUSTOM FLOOR PLAN MISTAKES

TIP 3: CONSIDER THE FLOW (AND SIZE) OF YOUR PLAN

With any floor plan, it’s VERY important to mentally walk through your plan while it’s on paper.

You should think in-depth about how the rooms will flow into each other.

Does the plan feel choppy? Do the rooms seamlessly flow into each other … or are there odd little hallways that don’t really make sense? Is there dead space anywhere? Is there plenty of walking space to get from one room to another? Can you see into a bathroom from the main rooms (e.g. see into a powder room from the dining room)?

Also, consider the size of your plan. Keep in mind that your first-floor square footage will determine your second-floor square footage. Any increases in your first floor will directly impact your second-floor.

Real-life example: I wanted to enlarge my kitchen but this would have also increased the bedroom above it. Every increase in square footage = increased cost!

WRAPPING IT UP

Now it’s time to open up that fresh Google Doc (or piece of paper) and start brainstorming about how your family will live in your future home.

If you would like a lengthy list of questions (25 to be exact) to help you *really* think about your floor plan, grab my *FREE* Floor Plan Creation Guide!

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