Even the best laid plans can go awry. This happens in all things in life and many times the reason is because the plan wasn’t well thought out. One of the most important parts of building a home is choosing the house plans. These plans will have all of the various information that is needed for the builders to make your fantasy house into a reality. Here are some of the more important things to think about before you choose your final plans.
What is Your Lifestyle Like? If you are a family with children or who plan to have children then your needs will be significantly different from a family with no children. This is only a single aspect of how lifestyle can have an effect on the type of house you choose. There are a few other critical things to consider to:
- Habits – Do you spend more of your time in the kitchen or would a home office or even a den be your place to chill in?
- Family –How many children do you currently have or plan to have? Do you need multiple bedrooms for children or just a single extra room for the occasional guest?
- Career – Are you in need of a space to use as a home office or will you need a space for entertaining clients and/or coworkers?
- Transportation – Will you need a single or multiple car garage or simply a space to park your bike.
The answers to these questions will let you know how many rooms and various types of spaces will be needed for your home.
Are you planning to age in this home? When you are choosing your home plans, it is always smart to think in terms of decades as opposed to just the near future. If you are planning to grow old in this home then you will need to have you plans designed in such a way that future potential impediments will be avoided. For example, as people age, they tend to have to deal with sore and tired joints. This can turn climbing the stairs into a nightmare. Many times, seniors who live in homes with stairs will get an automated stair climber.If you are planning to spend your golden years in this home then you might want to consider a single story as opposed to multiple levels when you are choosing your plans. Another thing to think about in cases such as this would be showers that are curb-less that give you the option to either sit or stand.
Do you spend much time outdoors? If you enjoy the outdoors and plan to spend much time there then you might want to consider having a large yard or a space for a garden. Also, patios, porches and balconies are great for those who enjoy taking in the fresh air.
While there are obviously more things to consider when choosing house plans, these questions will go a long way to getting you started.
Kathryn McDowell is a homeowner and enjoys researching the various styles of homes available to today’s home builder. She recommends consulting a firm that is versed in the many styles of house plans available so you can get the house of your dreams.