How to Choose a Floor Plan: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick

How to Choose a Floor Plan: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick

One reason that so many people have loved having their dream home designed by the team at Lancia Homes is that we offer so many floor plan options. From small house plans to large house plans, our architectural design services can meet your needs when you start designing your dream home.

While having options is wonderful, how do you know which floor plan is going to be best for you? Before you start working with one of our home builder planners and choose your floor plan, here are five questions to ask yourself.

1. Where do I want to live? 

Location, location, location. The location of your home is incredibly important. Deciding where you want to live is the first step in your dream home design because even the most perfect house won’t feel like a home if it's not in the right spot. Do you want to be in an area that’s more established, where you’ve got tons of neighbors, shopping and dining, and recreational activities nearby? Or would you rather be a little bit more remote, so that you can have some space and get away from it all? Choosing the community you want to be in is important, so before you decide anything else, make sure you review our community listings to see which one would be the best fit for you.

2. What is my budget?

You also need to ask yourself how large your budget is, and how much different floor plans will cost. If you want a larger floor plan but don’t have the budget for it, it’s better to know that before you start looking at large house plans — only to later realize that they’re beyond your budget. On the flip side, it’s important to know how much you’d like to spend so that you don’t go too far under budget and end up unhappy with your home.

3. What lifestyle needs do I have?

Your lifestyle is another important consideration. If you love hosting and entertaining large groups, having a large kitchen and dining area might be important for you. If you have children or grandchildren or expect to have lots of friends and family stay for longer visits, having extra bedrooms might be important for you. You want your new home to reflect the way that you live and make it possible for you to maintain your lifestyle in an easy, comfortable, and accommodating way. Our architectural design services allow you to choose a floor plan that fits your lifestyle, instead of changing your lifestyle to fit a floor plan.

4. How big of a home do I need?

Ask yourself about how large of a home you really need. Do you like small bedrooms, large bedrooms, or a mix of both? How many full bathrooms do you want? Do you need a lot of storage space? Do you want a single-story or two-story home? While you might not think you need a large house plan, it’s easy to underestimate your needs. If there’s a potential for your family to grow or for an older relative to move in with you eventually, think of that. When working with a home builder to determine how large your home should be, it’s always a good idea to buy a little bit larger than you think you might need. You can always fill space if you need to.

5. How much outdoor living space do I need?

The inside of your home isn’t the only space you need to plan for. Your outdoor leisure area is just as important. Do you want a large backyard with a deck, a garden, a small patio, or a swimming pool? When choosing your outdoor living needs, remember that yards and gardens require work and determine whether that's something you want.

It’s important that your dream home design fits perfectly with your current and potential future needs. Before you hire architectural design services, make sure you ask yourself about location, budget, lifestyle needs, size, and outdoor living spaces so that when you start building your dream home with an expert home builder planner like Lancia Homes, you know exactly what floor plan is right for you. Get in touch today to learn more.