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House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 07:06 AM

How To Choose a Floor Plan that Makes Sense - and will sell later too!

Looking to build your first home? We've put together a list of common features - and recommended floor plans - for first time home buyers in North Carolina.

2014 house designs for first time home buyers tend to have a few common features:

Design Trend #1: No formal dining room or formal living room

Home buyers are often hot or cold about formal dining rooms - it is either a "must have" room or a easy space conversion.

First time buyers, however, say they would rather use that space in other rooms - especially the kitchen or great room.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Design Trend #2: Flex rooms 

First time home buyers also want to build in flexible spaces. A common flex room style is one that can convert from a bedroom into a home office (with closet for storage). 

In this floor plan - The Beaufort by Frank Betz - the "Guest Bedroom" can also serve as an office or nursery room.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

 

Design Trend #3: Outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces, even small ones, are on the minds of 2014 new home buyers. A small investment in the backyard space can go a long way in personal use and entertainment value.

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

Design Trend #4: Square footage

How large should my first home be?

You will want to consider a balance between builing a home with room for growth with the current cost of additional square footage or features.

Every home buyer - and family - is different. As a very general rule of thumb, you may want to look at floor plans from 2,000 to 2,500 sq ft with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Here are a few popular floor plans in this range:

House Designs for First Time Home Buyers

The Beaufort: 2,300 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

The Azalea Park: 2,100 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Bostwick: 2,400 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

The Brogan: 2,600 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

The Kessler: 2,200 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 

 

At Stanton Homes, our design team works with your to meet your budget and lifestyle preferences - keeping long-term family growth and change in mind. Call 919-278-8070 to learn more, or contact us here.

 

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.  

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