If you’re going to invest in a custom home, it better be built with the features you need! Even if you find yourself choosing from a range of “stock” homes, knowing what you need out of your home will help you choose the correct floorplan. For many people, they only decide to build a custom home after plenty of thought, and that is definitely the best way to do it. However, in our experience with building custom homes in Watkins, we’ve learned that many people have blind spots. They may know exactly what they want out of the bathroom, garage, or kitchen, but they may have no idea about other parts of the home. In today’s blog, we’re going to share some questions to ask yourself before making a final decision on your floorplan.

Are the rooms you know you’ll use most often sized correctly?

It can be easy to get caught up in individual square footages, but they can’t give you the big picture. This can lead to important rooms being undersized. Instead of focusing on each room separately, consider the rooms in term of their total percentage of your home’s square footage. Multiply the width of each room by its length and divide it by the home’s total square footage. For instance, one of the rooms we often seen blown out of proportion is the master bedroom. People will give it 20 percent of the home’s square footage. If you aren’t going to add in a reading room or workout space to the master bedroom, you should probably shrink it down and give those square feet to a more functional space.

Does your home’s floorplan align with your decorating style?

Depending on how continuous you want your home to feel, certain floor plans may work better than others. An open floorplan really shines when you have color themes you want to use. However, if you want a chance to create unique spaces with multiple colors and textures, a floorplan with separate rooms will make your home feel more relaxed. At the very least, consider how your current furnishings will interact with your new floorplan so you don’t get surprised.

Will your home fit in with its surrounding homes?

Nobody wants a home that looks exactly like the homes around it, but it isn’t a good idea to get a home that will stick out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re building in a new neighborhood or an older one, a home that will harmonize with its surroundings is a good idea. You also should check in on regulations and home styles in your area to ensure the design you love so much won’t be rejected.

Will this home still fit you five to 10 years from now?

Just because a home design will fit you now doesn’t mean it will fit you later. It’s a good idea to choose a flexible floor plan that can be changed around to fit your needs as you live your life. You build a custom home so you can stay in it for years, so be sure you’ll be comfortable the whole time!

At New Frontier Homes, we understand the time and energy that homebuyers put into their custom homes. Turn to our general contractor team in Watkins today!

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