When it comes to building your dream home, custom or not, selecting the right floor plan is essential. The floor plan you choose will impact your daily life and influence the functionality and flow of your home. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make a decision. In this article, we will focus on selecting the right single-story floor plan for Queensland homes.
Being budget-conscious is crucial when building a custom home. Before starting the building process, it’s important to consider your total approved budget, including the cost of the land. It’s also essential to decide which areas of your home you would like to splurge on and which you can be more frugal about. For example, kitchens and bathrooms are parts of the home that require more effort to change later on, so it’s important to allocate a good portion of your budget to these areas initially. Another great tip is to find a build-to-budget builder. At Bella, we offer totally custom homes and floor plans, where we assess your lifestyle needs and propose a totally custom floor plan to suit your budget at no extra cost. This way, you can have the custom home of your dreams without breaking the bank.
2. Inventory check your lifestyle
Assessing your needs and lifestyle is the foundation for selecting the right floor plan for your new custom home. It’s important to take the time to think about your personal needs and lifestyle before diving into specific layouts. Ask yourself important questions such as:
How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need?
Do you require a home office or a dedicated space for your hobbies?
Do you love to entertain and need open living spaces?
What currently frustrates you about your living spa
Understanding your needs and lifestyle will help you narrow down your options and ultimately choose a floor plan that suits your lifestyle.
One helpful tip is to make a list of your must-haves and nice-to-haves in your new home. This list will help guide you in making informed decisions when selecting the right floor plan. It’s important to consider not only your current needs but also any potential future changes in your lifestyle, such as accommodating future family members or transitioning to remote work.
Additionally, it’s essential to think about your daily routine and how your new home can support it. For example, if you’re someone who enjoys cooking and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, you may want to consider a layout that has a spacious and functional kitchen area. Similarly, if you enjoy spending time outdoors, you may want to consider a floor plan that includes a deck or outdoor living area.
3. Maximise your land size
Floor plan selection is the stage for you to get the most out of your land size, particularly for smaller lots or when you want to make the most of your available space. One way to make the most out of your floor plan is to consider an open kitchen/living and dining area. This layout is perfect for smaller floor plans as it creates a sense of spaciousness and allows for an easy flow between spaces. As a bonus, floor plans that open out into the pergola or outdoor entertainment area can make your home feel larger, providing more living space and natural light.
Another is to reduce or remove hallways. This not only saves space, but it also creates a more efficient layout. High ceilings are also an essential consideration when designing an inviting space. They provide an open atmosphere and can make a smaller room feel larger.
Speaking to Home consultants will help you get a good grasp of what to look out for, once they have information about your land they can suggest the most efficient plans for you.
4. Future Proof Your Home
Whether it’s your forever home or one of many homes you will build, it’s always crucial to consider your future needs. Ask yourself:
How many family members will be living here?
How much time can you commit to maintenance/cleaning ?
Consider mobility, will you need wider door ways or easily accessible bathrooms?
How do you spend your weekends? Are you a homebody who loves a great cinema room? or prefer increasing your outdoor entertainment size for weekend BBQ’s?
It’s impossible to totally future proof your home design but ensuring you have flexible spaces will really help as you go through the stages of life and find new hobbies or even add new family members!
5. Think “smaller” - Key design features
Natural lighting, privacy, storage & building to suit your surroundings are often overlooked aspects of the floor plan selection process.
Privacy doesn’t strictly refer to high fences and a hedge, you can create private spaces within your home with rooms like a kids retreat. Many of our family designs utilise wings of the house to seperate the master bedroom & ensuite from the children’s rooms allowing for the parents to have their own haven within the home.
The direction of natural light & the sun is extremely important and something your home consultant can help you to utilise for your specific block of land. Having large windows near the kitchen can save on artificial lighting and provide an airy feel throughout the day.
The most common home challenge, storage, can be solved when you’re looking for floor plans. Being realistic about your lifestyle & current storage troubles at an early stage can do wonders for keeping a neat home for years to come, features like walk in wardrobes for fashion fanatics or walk in pantries/butler pantries for the aspiring at home chefs will make you love your final build.
6. As always, seek professional advice
Deciding on your floor plan doesn’t have to be done alone, talk to friends, read blogs & visit display homes. You can even roughly sketch out your ideal home design and bring that to our home consultants, from this we can create you a completely custom floor plan & even make suggestions based off our experience.
We hope this small guide shed some light on areas you might not have thought about before, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with the list of things to consider, save yourself the headache and speak with our home consultants at our display homes. They can provide you with obligation free advice & even custom floor plan designs at no cost.