The devil is in the details. When designing your custom home, make sure you take your time and put a lot of thought and planning into what I consider to be one of, if not THE most critical design decision… the floor plan.
Sure we all get caught up in seeing the “elevations” or how the house will look from the street. But let’s face it, you spend more time inside your house than you do walking around the outside of it. The ease to which you can live within your house is going to have the most influence on how much enjoyment you get out of your custom home.
There are some pitfalls that are easy to avoid and also some very easy ones to miss. Let me give you my top ten floor plan considerations:
When you consider building your new home, one of the first things that people do is look at home plans. This is a great first step and certainly an exciting one. The question is, where do you begin? There are many sources to find existing home plans and tens of thousands from which to choose .
To find home plans, you can start with your local hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, etc…), they have books with thousands of plans. These books typical cost around $20.00. From these books, you can pick several plans that suit you and compare them side by side until you narrow them down the plans you like. You may also find many of these books at major booksellers such as Borders and Barnes & Noble where you can browse the plans before purchasing the book.
However, a far easier and more affordable source for home plans is the Web. There are so many plans out there you may drive your self nuts with all the options.