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How to Select A Floor Plan

May 13, 2019

Selecting a new home doesn't just include choosing the right neighborhood. Since you want to make sure the property fits your lifestyle, you also need to consider the correct floor plan.

Use the following tips to make the right decisions because they will significantly impact your life in the future.


Not everyone needs a big home, and not everybody can go too small. While the budget will influence the size of the home you should choose, you should still outline amenities and priorities you desire. Even smaller budgets can allow for more space. Always discuss these needs when you are working with your sales consultant and/or real estate agent


You mainly need to decide between traditional or open layouts. Open floor plans have large areas where dining, kitchen and living spaces occupy one open space.

Traditional floor plans have individual rooms. Open spaces have become desirable for contemporary lifestyles, but traditional ones can save on energy costs.

Types of Homes

The main types of properties include condos, attached houses, split levels, and single-family homes. If you want a particular floor plan, choose the corresponding type of housing.

You can find open-concept layouts in condos, multiple levels in attached houses, distinct living spaces in split levels and outdoor entertaining areas in single-family homes.

Furniture Planning

While you shouldn't buy a house just to accommodate furnishings, you need to plan for their placement. When you already have furniture, make sure they will fit the floor plan beforehand.

If they don't, but you really like the house, this will save you from bringing pieces that won't fit. If you are planning to acquire new furnishings, make sure that you budget enough for outfitting the new layout.

Pros and Cons

Even the best layout can come with disadvantages, so consider the pros and cons before making a final decision. The highly desired open floor plan works well for contemporary families who love to entertain.

However, it can also lack privacy, can seem harder to clean, and costs more to cool and heat. Traditional plans provide more alone time, can be easier to hide the kid's messes in a hurry, and the lower cost factor appeals to many buyers. Assess your priorities and weigh the pros and cons carefully.

When it comes to house hunting, using these tips can help get you what you want. While many buyers often become distracted by shiny, desirable finishes, you should focus on what you can't change instead. This criteria applies especially to model homes.