Things to Think About When Designing Your Floor Plan
Planning on building a new home?
As custom home builders in Melbourne and Canberra, we can help you through the whole process from initial plans to your completed home. We offer a range of plans that we know work for our customers, whether they are looking for a first home, a second home, or are downsizing.
We can advise you on which plans could best suit your needs or make changes to a basic plan to better fit your individual needs and lifestyle. Building a new home is your chance to have a home that is specifically tailored to you, so get the most advantage out of it by thinking carefully about your wants and needs before choosing a floor plan.
Think about your current and previous homes and consider what you liked the most about each home and what was most problematic. This allows for an easier process of envisioning your ideal floor plan for your home.
Visit display homes to take notes on what you like the most and least about the layouts. Consider factors such as the flow from room to room and indoors and out. Ask yourself if the bathrooms are well placed and whether the kitchen layout would work for the way you like to cook and entertain. Also, look at the lighting placement and consider the impact of natural light on the spaces throughout the home.
On top of that, these are some important things to consider when designing your ideal floor plan.
Your block of land
The shape and size of your block of land will influence your choice of floor plan. A long and narrow block, for example, will limit your choice of floor plan, while a large flat block with no privacy issues will open up endless possibilities.
Your local council
Before you proceed with building on your block of land you will need to enquire with your local council as to any height restrictions, heritage guidelines, easements or other issues that could impact the design of your house and affect your choice of floor plan.
If you enjoy throwing large parties or have hobbies that take up space, it’s important to factor these things into your floor plan.
Don’t forget to factor in plenty of built-in storage. A house with loads of storage space is a tidier, happier home to live in!
Your stage of life
The stage you are at in your life will play a very important part in your choice of floor plan.
First home buyers need to consider the future and allow for additions to the family, with the main bedroom close to a nursery and bedrooms for small children.
Second home buyers with growing families need to consider separation between the main bedroom and the children’s rooms and the possibility of adding a rumpus room or second living area so there’s plenty of space for everyone.
Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean building a smaller home than your current one, simply one that is lower-maintenance and more suited to your stage of life. For example, a single-storey home rather than two-storey makes sense in case of mobility issues as you grow older.
In the end, your budget will be a factor that may restrict your choice of floor plan. However, as professional custom home builders operating in Melbourne and Canberra, we endeavour to work within your budget and meet all your requirements to create a floor plan that works perfectly for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Can we make changes to the floor plan?”
Yes, definitely! We are more than happy to modify the floorplan to suit your requirements. At Achieve Homes, there is no charge for the process of amending the floor plan, so you don’t have to worry about any additional costs.
“Can we custom design our own floor plan?”
Yes, we offer a custom floor plan design service. We can design a floor plan that will work on your land, suit your budget and fit your lifestyle and needs. Achieve Homes offers custom designed floor plans at no extra charge!