Investing in new construction gives you total freedom over the features and amenities you want in your floor plan. For many buyers, the possibilities can feel overwhelming at times. Before choosing the right floor plan, it’s important to take the time to figure out not only what features work best with your lifestyle, but also what features will improve your quality of life.
Identifying the practical features you need in your new home will help you prioritize what to look for and decide where most of your budget should go. A few examples of must-have features include a bedroom for each family member, bathroom suites, a functional kitchen, and a two or three-car garage.
While open floor plans remain popular, stay-at-home orders have resulted in a higher demand for floor plans with more privacy as well. Luckily, you don’t have to settle for either of these options since it’s possible to combine a large living area with a series of smaller rooms with a specific purpose.
Are there any features and amenities missing from your current home that you’d like to have? Quality-of-life features can help you get the most out of your new home.
For example, you can look for a floor plan with a flow that integrates your deck or patio so you’ll spend more time outside. Or, with 90% of Americans who exercise regularly planning on continuing their home workouts after the pandemic ends, home gyms are poised to remain a popular quality-of-life feature as well. Rec rooms, guest rooms and spa-like bathrooms are other features that can improve your life and boost the value of your home.
Over the years, the median lot size for single-family homes has dropped, reaching just 8,177 square feet in 2019. The right floor plan should make the most out of the space available without overcrowding your lot.
Finally, you should think about the orientation of the floor plan. Make sure the rooms where you’ll spend the most time have large windows that open on the best view possible.
On average, homeowners stay in the same place for eight years before moving. If you plan on staying in your new home that long (or longer), you should think about how your lifestyle could change in the future.
A career change or entrepreneurial project could result in working from home on a more permanent basis. Or, you might discover a new passion and need room for a new hobby. Besides adding value to your home, a flex room or multi-purpose room can adapt to your changing needs.
Koch Homes offers beautifully designed plans with many optional features and amenities that make sense for your way of living.
Contact our team of professionals to explore our home designs and find the right floor plan for you!