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How to select a floorplan for your home

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How to select a floorplan for your home

It’s so exciting when you’re in the process of choosing a home! John and I are giddy over the place we’re building in Arizona, and although it’s taking a lot (a lot!) of work, we know it will be worth it in the end. In saying that, it’s also a major decision and one you can’t take lightly, so before you decide on anything else when it comes to your new home, it’s important to think about the floorplan first: this is what truly shapes how you experience your house, from the size and shape to where the rooms are located.

Here I take a look at some factors in choosing the right floorplan for you:

WHAT SIZE OF HOME BEST SUITS YOUR FAMILY?

Every family home doesn’t need to be this mammoth, sprawling compound, nor will every family feel comfortable in a two-bedroom abode. Choosing a floorplan should start with how large a home will fit your lifestyle: assess how many bedrooms you will need and how many bathrooms are enough for you – and for visiting guests.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN STYLE?

Every homeowner has their own design style, so choosing a floorplan is also about deciding which plan meets those needs, too. Do you like traditional, or prefer a more modern, open-floor concept? Take a moment to think about your furnishings and how you foresee decorating your space.

Typically coordinated colours are the most important when designing an open floorplan – so it’s best to keep this in mind.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS?

I’m going to tell you that there’s no such thing as a perfect floorplan – it doesn’t exist – so there will always be a bit of give or take (and some compromise) on your ideal floorplan situation. Say, for example, you have a large window in your living room: That will eat up energy, so your cooling and heating bills will be higher. What if you have an open, spacious floorplan that doesn’t allow for much privacy between a family room and an office? These are the things you have to discuss ahead of time. How you live in your home, what your routines are and how that will impact layout. You need to base decisions on how the home flows and how functional it is for daily life.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS

Yes, this is true. You have the ability to know when a space feels right, comfortable and fits the family’s needs. There are plenty of floorplans out there, so just take your time and assess how your whole family will move throughout your house.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET

This goes without saying, but stay on course with a realistic floorplan, not one that’s heavily idealized (and heavily priced). Ask a contractor or builder to help you determine the costs associated with different types of floorplans so you know what fits in your overall budget.

Lisa Rogers is the exclusive interior designer for Dunpar Homes.

Lisa has shared her style and design expertise on popular television programs, such as Canadian Living TV, House & Home TV and The Shopping Channel.

Lisa is one of the most familiar faces on CityTV’s Cityline as a regular guest expert for fashion and image, health and wellness and interior design.


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