Congratulations on making the decision to build your new custom home. Between running around the yard to cooking dinner in your beautiful custom kitchen, the house design you choose will help form a lifestyle for your family to create long-lasting memories. Picking out a floor plan can become overwhelming when you realize the design plays a major role in your future experiences. Do we want an open floor plan? Where should the bedrooms be located? How large of a master bathroom do we want? These are all critical questions to ask yourself when selecting a house design. Consider the following suggestions to help narrow your decision when building your new Hill Country custom home. Hopefully these suggestions will reduce your stress!
When deciding on a floor plan, you need to ensure that your family and future lifestyle changes are accommodated. Some events to take into consideration could be a large patio for birthday parties or multiple bedrooms for your current family or even for grandchildren to sleepover for the weekend. Whatever your house design image is in your mind, be sure to think about it with intention to ensure it meets your expectations.
Before you finalize your custom home layout, consider the following key elements:
- Bedrooms: How many bedrooms do you need for your family and guests? Is it advantageous for the bedrooms to be adjacent?
- Bathrooms: Do you want a bathroom for each person in the family or will some family members share? Does each bathroom need a shower or a bathtub?
- Privacy: How much personal space is required for your family? Which layout is better for you and your family, open concept or more private?
- Office Space/Flex Area: Does someone work from home and need a dedicated workspace? Do you need a room for hobbies or other designated area for certain activities?
Deciding on these key elements will help you and your custom home builder design a layout that is functional for your family. Once you have decided on these aspects, you can start building a house that matches your family’s needs.
Choosing a House Design
Your house design should not only capture your family’s current lifestyle but also take into account where you see yourself in the next 20+ years. Building a house is a long term commitment, not a temporary decision. You always have the option to paint walls or redecorate rooms, but renovating your home’s structure in the future isn’t usually very feasible. Be sure to reflect on other homes you’ve visited and the features you liked. This inspiration can be helpful when selecting a home design, as well as a custom home builder. Here are a few other things to consider when deciding on a home design for your new custom built home.
The location of your home can dictate the type of house you are able to build. If you are building within an HOA there may be certain rules and regulations that must be followed. Larger lots may allow for a larger backyard for your family to enjoy backyard BBQs, family games or playing fetch with the dog. If your family enjoys spending time outdoors, building a home with gorgeous views from the backyard may be important, as well as the direction that your yard faces.
Floor Plan Design
Besides the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your home, you also need to consider the layout of your home. Do you prefer a tradition or modern design? Is an open concept important to your family or do you prefer a layout that is more compartmentalized? You also need to consider if you are going to use your current furnishings and how they fit into your home design or do you plan to purchase all new furniture? Regardless of that decision, you will want to consider the space and flow of your new custom built home and how those furnishings fit.
As we stated above, your lifestyle is a big determining factor in your home design. We suggest you make a list of the top ten priorities of must haves for your family. This could include entertainment for family and guests, room for children or family to grow, a kitchen with all the bells and whistles, etc. What does your family need to be comfortable and to continue with everyday activities?
Love the Design You Choose
Choosing a house design can be overwhelming, but Craftmaster Homes LC in New Braunfels is ready to help make your custom home building journey as easy and stress-free as possible! We can help with all your design choice needs within your current budget whether it be a new custom home or a remodel in your current home. Contact us today!