Decide What is Best for You and Your Family
The first deciding factor into choosing a house plan should be how much space is needed for you and/or your family. The amount of space needed for bedrooms and recreation is the first consideration most prospective home buyers make. Bathrooms and guest rooms are also an important consideration. The New York Times has excellent tips on interior design that are a good place to start.
Deciding on Privacy
Everyone enjoys their privacy, either from other occupants or from street view. How much privacy a prospective homeowner wants should go into their consideration of a house plan. Window placement as well as house design are the two main factors to consider when regarding privacy. Windows should provide adequate privacy from street view as well as from neighbor’s windows and yards.
Considering Work Space
Work space in this regard means performing the functions of the home: laundry, cooking, recreation and more. Would you or other members of your household need special space accommodations for work or hobbies? Where is the best location for laundry facilities? And where would a kitchen most efficiently be located? After considering bedrooms and privacy, these questions should be the next step in the house plan deciding process.
Determine If New Furniture Is Needed
At this stage of the process, it comes down to “what feels right” for a prospective home buyer. Currently owned furniture and decorations could work, or new ones may be needed. It is solely up to the discretion of the individual. An excellent article from Forbes on designing your home for productivity is a great place to start, and the tips therein can also be applied for recreational or study areas as well.
Understand the Budgetary Limits of Choosing a Floor Plan
Lastly, everyone has a dream design for their home. Yet as we all know, dreams can get expensive in a short amount of time. After considering the prior factors in choosing a home plan, refer them to your budget to see if all things line up. Know what costs are associated with a layout and also consider asking a contractor for help to determine costs as your narrow down on a floor plan suited for your budget.