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04 January . 2016

How to Pick Your Perfect Floor Plan


One of the most exciting times in your life can be choosing a new home! Even more importantly is how you and your family will use the space in your home and ensure it fits with your lifestyle and the right floor plan can shape how you experience your home.


1. Decide what size of home will best suit your family

Every family doesn’t need a sprawling estate and every family won’t feel comfortable in a small two bedroom home. The size of your home should be the first consideration.

2. Choose a floor plan based on your design style

Everyone homeowner has their own design style and choosing a floor plan that meets your needs is essential. Think of your furnishings and how you will decorate your home when choosing a floor plan. Flowing and coordinated colors are most important when designing an open floor plan – so keep this mind when choosing a floor plan style.

3. Understand what the pros and cons are of your floor plan

There isn’t a perfect floor plan. There will always be pros and cons and you will need to decide what are your priorities and what can you learn to live with or without.

4. Make your decision based on the layout not the finishes

When choosing a floor plan ensure you are basing your decision on how the home flows and feels functional for your daily activities. Don’t get wowed by the upgraded floors, counter tops and appliances in the model home, imagine the home in a “stripped down” state and form your opinion from there.

5.  Trust your instincts on what “feels” right when choosing a floor plan

All of us have the ability to “feel” when a space feels comfortable and able to fit their needs. Take these instincts into consideration when touring different floor plans. You will be surprised how many styles of plans there are to choose from.

6.  Determine if you will need to use existing or buy new furniture

While you may only be thinking about the rooms and layout of your floor plan, choosing furniture is a major investment and emotional challenge if you aren’t careful.

7. Know your budgetary limits before choosing a floor plan

Let’s face it; there is always the fantasy side of us that wants to go bigger and better than our wildest dreams. Before getting your heart set on one type of floor plan – know what the costs are associated with the layout.

8. Understand that floor plan modifications could be an option

While it would be nice to have the right floor plan appear before your eyes, remodeling and modifying a floor plan can be a viable option. Removing a spare closet to make more room in your kids’ bathroom area or opening up a wall to let in natural light could make your floor plan even better. Keep this in mind when looking for a floor plan that is right for you.

For more information check out freshhome.com


And read below from one of our very own Waterset residents on how he chose the Perfect Floor Plan for his families needs:

"We chose Waterset for the location and amenities that were available. We chose the Neal Applause floor plan because it met our every need. The guest suite with its very own bathroom was the deciding factor as well as the open living area. The Neal sales staff and construction staff were amazing to work with! Our favorite amenity in Waterset are the miles of sidewalks and trails through the beautiful grounds that make walking and biking everyday an exciting adventure."  

-P Clark