Tips for Choosing the Perfect Floor Plan
The floor plan you choose will influence your lifestyle, so making the best choice for your family is important. Fortunately, Lago Mar builders offer dozens of floor plans so you are sure to find one that meets your needs. Here are some questions to ask before deciding.
Single Story or Two?
There are advantages to either, but if you are an older homebuyer who wants to age in place, stairs won’t be at the top of your must-have list. With the kids upstairs and adults downstairs, a two-story home can feel more private. Two-story floor plans are more likely to include game and media rooms.
How Do You Plan to Live?
The layout of your home will either facilitate the way you want to live or hinder it. If you love to cook, a tiny kitchen with little counter space will drive you crazy. Will it be a problem if your teens have to share a bathroom? If you have a baby, you may want your master suite to be close to the nursery and if you have older children, you may want a more secluded retreat.
How Much Do You Entertain?
Some people enjoy entertaining more than others. If you plan to do a lot of entertaining you may want a floor plan that includes a formal dining room, a large kitchen and a butler’s pantry. If you host catered parties, a second caterer’s kitchen is a must-have. If entertaining means hosting a barbecue in the backyard to you, a smaller kitchen and large patio might be preferable.
Is Your Home Multi-generational?
If your older parents live with you, you are probably thinking about accessibility. You may need wider halls and doorways, as well as step-in showers. Some builders offer multi-generational suites with living areas, kitchenettes and bedrooms. They may even have separate entrances.
How Often Will You Be Outdoors?
Not everyone enjoys the great outdoors. If you don’t, a small covered patio may be all you need. If you love to visit with the neighbors, a cozy front porch would be perfect. Imagining romantic evenings in front of a roaring fire? A private courtyard with a fire pit could be just what you need.
What Will Your Life Look Like in 5 Years
Families change. Babies grow into toddlers and toddlers grow into teens. Choose a floor plan that will grow with your family. Flex rooms can become extra bedrooms, game rooms can become dens. Imagine what you will need in the future and choose accordingly.
Can You Picture Yourself Living There?
The most important question to ask is if you can see yourself living in that home for an extended period of time. Lines on a piece of paper might be hard to translate into a 3-D image, but a builder’s model home will give you a close approximation. Tour all of the model homes in Lago Mar to get some ideas, then discuss your wants and needs with the builder representatives.