Are you in the process of creating your custom floor plan and want to learn from others’ experiences so you can avoid making any ‘mistakes’? You’re in luck because I’m sharing five things I wish I included in my custom floor plan.
Honestly, there is very little I would change about my custom home. Our floor plan is cozy, functional, and perfect for the way my family lives, and I’m still happy with my timeless design decisions SEVEN years later.
HOWEVER, you’re here to find out what I WOULD change if I were to build again … so keep scrolling to find out!
5 THINGS I WISH I INCLUDED IN MY CUSTOM FLOOR PLAN
These are ALL things I can certainly live without BUT I do plan to incorporate in my next home build.
1. SLOPED CEILINGS
I SO wish I had added sloped ceilings in my girls’ bedrooms on the second floor.
I love how even a small bedroom can look open and spacious with a sloped ceiling that follows the roofline.
I will 100% include sloped ceilings in all of our bedrooms (hopefully) next time around.
2. HIS AND HER MASTER CLOSETS
Our current closet is large, completely adequate, AND we each have our own side (although I’ve crept into some of Brad’s drawer space). However, I want my own closet!
Not only will my future closet be a little cleaner (because I will be the only one using it), but it will also be beautiful, have plenty of closed storage to avoid dust on my hanging clothes, and it will have at least one window.
3. SEPARATE MUDROOM + LAUNDRY ROOM
We currently have a combined mudroom and laundry room. It seemed like a good idea when I created my floor plan.
This is legit the hardest working room in our house. It’s always a disaster (which guests love because they comment on how happy they are to see a messy room in my house).
Next time around, I will have a separate laundry room with plenty of dedicated space for our drying racks.
My future separate(!) mudroom will have plenty of closed cubbies to hide the mess and larger shoe drawers (than we currently have) for us to store shoes.
4. LARGER SCREENED-IN PORCH
We love to be outside on summer evenings, but the bugs can get really annoying.
I prefer to hang out on our screened-in porch. Unfortunately, it’s only big enough for a small sectional and a chair.
I would love to have a screened-in porch large enough to fit a full-size dining table in addition to a cozy seating area.
5. BONUS ROOM ABOVE GARAGE
A bonus room was definitely NOT in our budget, BUT it’s something we could have roughed out and then finished later (which is exactly what we did with our basement … we waited two years to finish it after moving in).
We have a massive garage and could have roughed out the coolest playroom/teen room! But nope … I didn’t think to do this back in 2013 when we created our floor plan :(.
However, there are a few things I will do differently in my future home and the top five things were included in this post.
If you want to learn more from my home build experience, be sure to read ‘The Top 9 Things I Wish I had Known Before Building a House’.