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Home plan guides: How to Choose a Floor Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

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Questions to Ask before Choosing a Home Plan

When choosing the right home plan for your North Carolina new home, there's a lot of options to consider - from overall plan layout to personal lifestyle preferences. 

Here are ten questions to keep in mind before choosing your next home plan - Stanton Homes will help make sure it's something you'll love to live in.

Home Plan Question #1:  How many bedrooms and baths?

The number of bedrooms you'll need is probably fairly firm.  But you may have an opinion about the number of baths you'd like to have.

Consider a Jack-and-Jill style bathroom - popular in 2014 new home plans - especially for those with younger children.

A "dual door" bath with dual vanities can help all the kids get ready for school on time, AND teach them how to share spaces - while allowing you to use that extra square footage in other rooms.

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What is a Jack and Jill bathroom? See more kid bathroom ideas here. 

Home Plan Question #2: Where do you want to sleep?

A two story plan is usually most cost effective.   But for a number of reasons - such as keeping aging in place design in mind - you may want to sleep on the first floor.   

A one story home usually has the highest price tag, and a main floor master suite plan may offer a good compromise between bedroom location and overall home price.

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Love the idea of a yellow master bedroom? Click here to see which other bold and bright colors are showing off in 2014 new homes.

Home Plan Question #3:  What's your lifestyle?

Are you formal, or informal? The layout of the main living areas should be determined by your lifestyle.  

The kitchen can be "out of sight" from guests, or it can be completely exposed to the Great Room in an open concept plan

If you plan to host events in your home, will you want a spacious formal dining room, or a large kitchen island and bar area with seating?

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Home Plan Question #4: Planning for extended guest stays? 

Do you have lots of overnight guests?  Do the grandparents come to visit?  A first floor guest bedroom and full bath can come in very handy.  

Guest suites are also great for home resale value - as you look towards future planning. 

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What are the best ways to build in guest space?

Home Plan Question #5:  What should your kitchen do for you?

Whether a huge island with seating, an open, accessible design, or just having tons of counter space is most important to you, don't feel too confined by the kitchen layout noted on the floor plan.  

Changing a kitchen layout is easy when you build a Stanton Home. Just let us know what you're looking for and we'll sketch some ideas for you

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Home Plan Question #6:  Is outdoor living just as important as indoor living?

If a front porch, rear porch, screen porch, or deck is an absolute must for you, don't feel limited to floor plans that already picture one of these options.  

Screen porches can be added to nearly any home, and porches are usually easy to add (or subtract!).  

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Home Plan Question #7:  Will you be working at home?

Whether you're working at home, or just want a private study space, home offices are a huge hit in 2014 new homes.

If you love a floor plan without a home office built-in, we can add one

Formal dining rooms are easily (and often) converted to full offices, as are formal living rooms.  Even a pocket office can be a great addition.    

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Home Plan Question #8:  What type of storage do you need?

Stanton Homes can tuck-in storage centers, closets, and spaces throughout your favorite home plan.   

- Built-in bookcases, shelving, cabinets, benches, or cubbies (want out-of-the-way storage? Add it under the stairs or in hallways)

- A larger pantry or Costco style walk-in pantry

- Easy attic storage (can often be found in eaves off the bonus room or other locations), 

- Coat closets

- Entertainment centers

- Extra large master closet, or multiple master closets

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Home Plan Question #9:  Do you want a mud room?

Keeping the house organzied with kids and pets is a constant challenge.  

But a "drop zone" off the garage can go a long way - someplace to store baskets with shoes, coat hooks for backpacks, and even lockers or cabinetry.  

A drop zone can be added in the laundry room, mud room or hallway. If you have dogs, you will not regret adding a tile mud room with sink or shower (see a mud room pet shower example here). 

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Home Plan Question #10:  Looking for home plans with a basement for your "man cave", game room, or hang-out area?

Keep in mind that while walk-out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, full basements are not recommended.   If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage. 

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The home building process: Home plan Guides

Stanton Homes makes choosing a home plan easy - starting with our free initial building cost estimate for any home plan - whether you choose a home plan from our site, or from just about any architect online. 

Looking for floor plans right now? Click here for help finding a floor plan.

We'll help you find some great ideas. Here are some floor plans to get your search started:

Click here to view Floor Plans

Click here for One Story Floor Plans

Click here for Main Floor Master Floor Plans

Click here for Mother-in-Law Suite Floor Plans

Click here for Value Floor Plans

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