Whether you’re buying a house that’s move-in ready or custom building a home, figuring out the layout that works for your family is one of the most difficult parts of house hunting. From the flow of the home to the number of bedrooms, there is so much to consider. If you’re in the process of changing the look of your new home, or if you’re planning to buy the custom home of your dreams, here are a few tips for designing the perfect home layout:
Know What You Need and Want In a Home
What are some absolutely non-negotiables that you need in your new home? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you need a playroom or a home office? It can be helpful to write your plans down on paper. This way, you’ll have a visual list of what you want in a home. You could even draw a rough sketch of how you imagine the layout to look. There are also many different smartphone apps that allow you to make floor plans.
When you’re planning for a custom built home, you can add features that will make your life a whole lot easier. You could include a laundry room or a skylight. You can decide what parts of the land the windows overlook and which room has the backdoor. Think about what would be convenient or enjoyable for your family, and then add it to your list.
Think About the Future
You’re likely planning to stay in your home for many years. This is especially true if you’re building a custom home. That’s why it’s important to think about the kind of home that you’ll need in the future as well as the present.
For instance, if you’re planning to have children, you might want your home to have an extra bedroom for when that time comes. If family is going to be moving in with you eventually, then you might need a mother-in-law suite. Are you okay with stairs in the house? Are there home safety features that are important to you? Think about these types of questions and incorporate your answers into your home plan.
Consider the Amount of Available Space
Outgrowing a home is one of the most common reasons why people buy a new house. Take a good look at the furniture, belongings, and people in your home. How much space do you need for each room of your home? You should also think about the amount of space that you’ll need for storing everything from winter clothing to pantry foods. Will your new home have plenty of cabinet space and closets? Planning for your space needs now will keep your home from feeling overly cluttered later on.
Pay Attention to the Flow of Your Home
The flow of your home refers to how easy and logical it is to move around your house. You probably don’t want to walk down many winding hallways. You probably don’t want the bedrooms right by the living room. You want a house where the rooms flow easily into one another, and where the features of the home are easily accessible to residents. This might involve making sure that your living room is on the main floor of your home, that the kids’ rooms are near your bedroom, or checking to make sure that there are enough outlets for your needs in each room.
Keep Your Budget In Mind
When designing the layout for your home, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild. However, while it’s important to know what you want and need in a home, it’s also important to keep your budget in mind. Prioritize your must-haves so that there’s room in the budget for the things that you most need in a home. If you still have room in your budget after planning for the essentials, then you can move on to adding those home features that are just for fun.
Buying or Selling a Home with VSells & Associates
If you’re ready to buy or sell your home, the Realtors®at VSells & Associates are here to help. We buy and sell homes across Maryland, including in the counties of Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Baltimore. Tell us about the type of home that interests you or let us know about the home that you’re planning to sell. Our team will call you to get the process started!