Video:How to Choose House Floor Planswith Jen D'Amore
Building a custom home or just doing some renovations to your space? In this video from About.com, get some ideas on important considerations when choosing your house floor plan.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Choose House Floor Plans
Hi, I'm Jen D'Amore, and this video is all about how to choose a house floor plan.
The Importance of Choosing a House Floor Plan
Whether you're house hunting or building a custom home from scratch, one of the most important choices you'll make is about the floor plan.
Choosing a floor plan that suits your needs will make movement easier, and create a harmonious flow.
Take into consideration your lifestyle, what works and what doesn't work in your current living situation, and what would improve your quality of life by matching your needs.
Considerations for Choosing a House Floor Plan
If you enjoy entertaining, you might consider a more open floor plan, a home with a formal living space near the front door, a large kitchen, where guests can comfortably gather, and easy access from the indoor to the outdoor entertaining areas. Also consider guest space. If you frequently have overnight guests, you may want to have a more private area for them with their own bathroom or a second master suite.
If you already have a house full of furniture, you may want to make sure they'll fit into the space of the new floor plan and the style of the house, unless you plan on making an additional investment in furnishing the new house.
What are the ages of the people that will be living in the house? Bedrooms that are separated or scattered throughout the house will work great with teenagers that always want more space, but may not be ideal for small children, who would be better off right next door or across the hall.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, and often drag equipment and mud through the house, you may want to consider a mud room attached to an outside or garage door where you'll be bringing your gear. You may also need an extra room or larger garage to store your equipment or engage in a hobby.
Consider how long you plan to stay in that house, and how your family might change or grow. If you'll be staying long term, make sure the floor plan can accommodate your future, whether it's your kids growing up, or elderly parents moving in.
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