4 Considerations when Choosing a Custom Home Floor Plan

New Custom Home

One of the main advantages of purchasing a custom home floor plan is that that homeowner can get things exactly the way they like them. There are a number of different places to go to purchase house plans for sale, and with all the different options available, it should be possible to find one with a floor plan at least similar to what you’re looking for.

Overall House Style

Narrowing down the style of the home is the first step, as the overall shape of the home will make a big difference in the potential options for the resulting home floor plan. This may be easier if you check out the different types of house plans first to compare them if you aren’t already familiar with the various styles. Check out Craftsman house plans, modern house plans and contemporary house plans, for example, to see which types are the most appealing.

Home Floor Plan and Functionality

New Home Floor Plan Under ConstructionThe most important thing about building a custom home is that the resulting home is functional for the people who live in it. Consider whether an open home floor plan is best or whether the home would better suit the needs of the family if most of the rooms were totally separate with doors that close. Decide how many bathrooms there should be, whether they all need to be full baths or whether some can be half baths, and where they would best be located. Should all the bedrooms be on the main floor or on an upper floor?

Future Usability

One of the current trends is to design homes that allow for aging in place, that is, homes that are designed with features that make them accessible to pretty much anyone. This includes wider doorways and aisles, grab bars in the bathroom, perhaps a curbless shower and at least some counter space in the kitchen that can be used when seated. It may also mean a home that is a single floor, instead of one with multiple floors.

Local Codes and Laws

Just be sure that whatever floor plans and designs you’re considering for building a custom home, they meet the local building codes. These codes are typically a minimum standard, and it pays to check them out before building so you don’t get hit with a large fine and have to redo anything that isn’t up to code.