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.
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.
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:
Or, include a small breakfast nook:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Screen rooms offer year-round indoor-outdoor space, especially when you add a fireplace.
Concrete patios are great for lounging spaces. This patio - from a version of The Avonstone Manor - is designed for a future pool:
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.
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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