Choosing a floor plan for your forever home can be daunting because it’s a decision that is very difficult to reverse once it is put into place. When doing your research, you are bound to fall in love with more than one plan, but which is the right one for you and your family?

In order to determine the best floor plan for your lifestyle, ask yourself these questions:

What is my current home missing?

It is safe to say you are undergoing the home building process because your current home just isn’t cutting it. Now is your chance to design something that is completely tailored to yours and your family’s needs.

Is your current home too small? Do you need more of an open floor plan? Are you wanting to branch away from split level and two-story homes, or is that something you don’t have and desire? Ask yourselves these questions and be sure to pay close attention to the square footage that the plans you are looking at provide.

Where do I see myself in 10 years?

Embarking on a new home build usually means this is the house you see your family growing in. Your family will grow, but unfortunately your house will not. Once the house is built, it’s built. Make sure you budget, plan, and account for additions to your family over the years.

Will the lot I choose affect my floor plan?

Yes – it does! The direction in which the sun will rise and set over the lot will affect window placement. The size and orientation will affect which plans can be built, and which cannot. Any slopes or hills will determine the angle and direction of the home.

You should pick a plan that shows off the best assets of your lot and the surrounding views.

Can I afford both amenities and size?

Depending on the scope of your project, maybe. Additional square footage and amenities both come at a premium price. There are some aspects you may have to compromise on. If you want to add an extra room or over sized living space to your home, you may have to do without the double oven or built in shelving.

Do I see myself in this home?

Try to visualize yourself physically walking through the floor plan. Is the bathroom in a conveniently located spot? Does the kitchen space flow with the way you cook? Is there space for your furniture?

A floor plan may look great on paper, but it may not be suited for your everyday hustle and bustle.

Should I consider a custom home plan?

If the stock plans you are looking at just aren’t cutting it then it might be in your best interest to talk to your contractor about a custom plan.

Some stock plans cannot accommodate specific plumbing and electrical requests. Therefore, custom plans are more expensive, but it is worth it to know you will be getting exactly what you want to enjoy for years and years to come.