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How to Choose the Best Floor Plan

August 14, 2021
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Many people have taken advantage of low interest rates to purchase their own ideal plot of land. Of course, once it comes time to build one of the new homes in Columbus GA on that lot, you’re faced with a lot of choices: Location on the lot, the style of the home, the size of the home, not to mention all of the finishing touches. That’s why you should contact us when you’re ready to build a beautiful home on your lot. We can help you every step of the way.

We offer a range of floor plans, typically with three to five bedrooms and plenty of square footage, but also special features like lofts that give you extra room to make your home as comfortable and convenient as possible. Still, there are things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right floor plan for your family.

It’s important to really look carefully at the floor plans and imagine yourself living in these spaces. They may be flat cross-sections of a home, but by studying them, you can get a feel for how you would move around in that particular plan. If something doesn’t feel comfortable then move on to another plan. Alternatively, if you find a floor plan you like, but have one minor issue, the architect and builder can often work with you to make the necessary changes when possible.

Make sure you have a list of the things you absolutely must have in a home, along with a list of things that you’d like but are willing to skip if they’re too hard on the budget. Knowing what is a must helps narrow down some of your choices when dealing with a variety of floor plans. It also helps the builder guide you toward homes more likely to fit your lifestyle.

Building your own home is a great chance to get what you really want, but you still probably have a budget you need to stick to carefully. This is why it’s important to be clear about what is a necessity and what you can live without if necessary. You also need to keep in mind any extra costs that come from building on land that may not be connected to power, water, etc. Be clear up front about how much you can spend in total, because that will have an impact on what you can build.

As you start deciding on the layout of your new home, think about the size, as well. Do you want a sprawling ranch without the hassle of stairs, or do you prefer the traditional two-story style home? Think also about the size of the rooms. Do you need a large owner’s suite or can you give up space there to have a larger family room or add in a dining room. Think about how you actually live — and want to live — not just what is considered typical. Large rooms may sound nice, but they require more furniture and can feel empty and cold without the necessary furnishings.

Consider your lifestyle carefully. If you like to entertain, then you want a home design that offers multiple options, as well as the convenience you need to host, whether it’s a sit-down dinner in a formal dining room or a casual BBQ outdoors with seating under a covered porch. Alternatively, are you an introvert who prefers to have a home library and a home gym? This can help you figure out spaces that are most important and help you find a floor plan that offers form and function that works best for you.

Don’t forget the exterior, both in terms of the actual look of your home, as well as the outside space. If your tastes run to modern design, a Tudor-inspired home probably won’t really appeal to you. If you like to be outdoors, but also like to have some protection from the elements, then you need to look at a home design that offers outdoor living space that you’ll want to use.

Finally, think about where your life will be heading in the next five to ten years. You want a home that is flexible and adaptable if you’re expecting any changes, such as a new baby or a shift to working from home. Make sure your floor plan can adapt to a variety of changes without any difficulty. That’s why having a flex room or even a loft area can be a big plus in any home design you choose.

By thinking about what is most important and learning to really read floor plans, you’ll soon get a feel for what you’re looking for in a home design. With the help of a great builder like Grayhawk Homes, you can build one of the homes in Columbus GA that best represents you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you build your dream home on your own lot.

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