Budget – The very first step in planning the construction of a new home is the construction budget. Developing a budget for a new home starts with deciding how expensive a home do you wish to build? A better question would be, how expensive a home can you afford to build? If you are like most people, you want the best home for which you can afford. On the other hand, some people may be able to afford much more than they really want or need. Everyone’s situation, of course, is unique. Most people already have some suspicion about how much they want or can afford to spend. Bottom line, you have to determine what amount you are willing to put into your dream home.
House Design – Living in a home that fits your lifestyle is essential to the workings of everyday life. There are several house designs to choose from contemporary designs, minimalist, coastal, mediterranean, etc. Your house design should be compatible with the practical needs of your family. Your home should be your Sanctuary. It should reflect your personality, fit in with your lifestyle and be a place to make happy memories. So, choose a house style that you and your family like to live in.
Number of Bedrooms – This question may seem simple and easy to answer but it is worth thinking about and discussing. The easiest answer to this question would be based on your current family size and needs. You may need a two bedroom today and need a four bedroom down the road when your family grows. Or maybe you need four bedrooms today yet your kids will be off to college in a few years.
Single Level Vs. Multiple Levels – Whether or not your new house has only one level or more is really a personal decision. Some people really enjoy having single level living with no stairs to climb up and down. Some people prefer the more traditional cape and colonial home styles with bedrooms on the second floor. Some land sites are quite small and someone looking for decent floor area may only be able to build a multi-level house.
Master Bedroom – Today’s new house plans typically offer a master bedroom suite. These suites often have generous closet space, private bathrooms with bath tub, walk-in showers and even walk-in closets.
Bonus Rooms (Laundry, Pantry) – One of the most popular trends in today’s house plans are dedicated to laundry rooms and the renewed popularity of pantries.
Number of Bathrooms – The average number bathrooms in new houses has steadily increased over the years. Nowadays, a decent home has at least two (2) bathrooms. One is in the master bedroom and the other one a common bathroom.
Kitchen Style/Design – Sketch a few ideas you have in mind for the layout of your kitchen. After which, you could decide whether to have a basic kitchen design or a decent and sophisticated kitchen design.
Dining Area – decide whether to have a separate dining area or a dining area with close proximity with the kitchen area.
Living Room – is the most popular place in a house for the entertainment of guests, and where families come together to end their day, relax after a long workweek or to enjoy a television program together. In most cases this room is on the main level of a home and sees a lot of activity. This is why it is imperative that this area to be decorated and made into a friendly atmosphere to ensure the comfort of visitors. When planning a living room design, the first and most important factor to decide is the purpose of the room. One thing to remember when designing your living area is that you have to be comfortable in the room and like the style since you will most likely be spending a lot of your time in the room.
Carport – Nowadays, ownership of a car is a necessity. If you already own a car or desires to own a car/s in the future, it is wise to introduce a carport in the floor plan.
House/Land Site – The house site can sometimes play a big part in the style, floor plan and functionality. For instance, if you have a very small site you may need two floors. The floor plan design of your home depends primarily on the shape and area of the lot.
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