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Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:03 PM

Top 9 Floor Plan Features Requested by Growing Families

Looking to expand your living space for your growing family?  You'll want to consider these top 9 floor plan features commonly requested by home buyers with growing families.

1. Add bedrooms and/or bathrooms

There are a lot of ways to add bedrooms and bathrooms to your favorite floor plans.

Whether you convert an existing space - such as a den, formal dining room, or home office - or expand your overall floor plan size, adding a bedroom and bathroom is usually the first step for a growing family home.

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2. All bedrooms on a single floor

Keeping all the bedrooms on a single floor is a common home plan style request for young families.

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3. Multiple eating spaces

Families often ask for homes with multiple eating spaces.

First, consider integrating island seating. Island seating is perfect for casual dining in the mornings and afternoons. This island offers wrap-around seating at the raised bar:

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Or, include a small breakfast nook:

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4. Second floor laundry room

Consider putting the laundry room next to the majority of the bedrooms.  For many homes, that means a laundry room on the second floor - but that can be in addition to a mud room with drop zone on the first floor. 

Family Home Plans | Raleigh NC HomebuildersAn upstairs laundry room is a top feature for family home plans.

5. Design a mudroom

Whether you want a large laundry room design - complete with drop zone storage - or a completely separate space, a mudroom can be just what a growing family needs.

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See floor plans with a mudroom, here.

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6. Add a drop zone

Drop zones are becoming must-have family organization spaces in many new homes.

While many drop zones are built into the laundry room, this drop zone was integrated in a stand-alone storage space.

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Get 7 Mudroom drop zone ideas, in these Raleigh custom homes.

7. Outdoor living layouts: Decks, screen rooms, and patios

What type of outdoor space will your family use most?

Decks are perfect for BBQ events: all you need is a gas line for your grill, and a large table with an umbrella.

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Screen rooms offer year-round indoor-outdoor space, especially when you add a fireplace. 

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Concrete patios are great for lounging spaces. This patio - from a version of The Avonstone Manor - is designed for a future pool:

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Read more about outdoor living spaces, here, with these 7 design tips.

8. Bonus and game rooms

Bonus rooms are great for the whole family - as game rooms and entertainment centers. Consider adding - or expanding - your bonus room in your next home.

Family Home Plans | Raleigh NC HomebuildersMore on bonus rooms here:

10 Ways to Use a Bonus Room Above your Garage in Raleigh New Homes

Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?

9. Guest bedroom, multigenerational space, or in-law suite

This Raleigh custom home offers multigenerational living with a kitchen in the basement.

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