How to Choose a Good House Plan

11 Apr

Photo will accompany a story and blog post about a Madison man who is selling a house he had built from the 1995 Life Magazine Dream

Having a house plan in mind can help you visualize your future home and exactly how you want it to be. When you plan to build a new home, it is important to choose a house plan carefully because, if you’re going to start from the ground up, you want to be sure you’re getting something you can enjoy for many years to come.

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to choosing a house plan. You must know the size of your property, the number of rooms, where each room is located within the house, and your lifestyle. These things will help you select a plan that will make your life easier and more comfortable on a daily basis.

Here are a few tips for choosing a good house plan:

  • Consider the number of people living inside the house. Will you need to have one room for each person? How about the common areas? How big is your living room or your dining room? When choosing a house plan, make sure that everyone has a place to sleep, store their things, and live comfortably.
  • Consider your lifestyle. Are you always hosting parties? Do you tend to stay at home during the weekends? Are you fond of music or books? Think about what kind of lifestyle you live, so you’ll know how big to make your living room and common areas. Perhaps you may want to add a music room or a library.  Or, maybe a  bigger kitchen if you love to stay at home and cook or entertain guests in a casual setting.
  • Consider your work needs. Do you work from home? Is there a need for a home office? Think about the work load you bring home to determine if a private space is necessary or if incorporating a built-in desk unit somewhere in the house would be sufficient.
  • Consider storage. Will you need bigger storage for your extra things? Storage solutions are important in house plans, and you should try to find creative ways to incorporate the needed space. This is especially important in kitchens and bedrooms.
  • Consider outdoor living. Will you need an outdoor space such as a patio or deck?  If you love to host outdoor cookouts or enjoy the concept of outdoor living, it is probably a good idea to add a formal space outside.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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