Figure out the ‘why’ before the ‘what’. If you’re building your own home, you want one that’s practical and right not just for now, but for the future years ahead.
Think about how your life will change in the next few years – are you planning on growing your family or, by contrast, have your kids all moved out of home? If it’s your forever home, you’ll need to consider if the floor plan will still suit you in retirement.
If you’re thinking about having children, consider their safety when deciding on your floor plan. Fancy design features may look fantastic, but often aren’t the safest elements for the little ones. You may love the idea of a view from your second-story bedroom, but this style of home will put parents and children at more risk of falls.
You’re going to want to picture your lifestyle and how that’ll work with your new home. Think of your floor plan as like your “liveability” map – when looking at a new home design and floor plan, make sure you imagine every part of living there from breakfast to bedtime.