Building your dream home
can put some creative control in your hands. Whether you’re a first-time
homeowner, a retiree, or a young family looking for a new start, you can choose
home features that fit your unique needs.
When it comes to
functionality, choosing the best floor plans is step number one. But reading floor plans and knowing which layout makes the most
sense can be tricky.
We’re here to help.
Keep reading to discover
some of the best floor plans that guarantee you get the most out of your new
Things to Consider
Before we cover specific
floor plans and what they offer, let’s discuss some of the main features.
The number and size of
bedrooms is a major consideration for families with multiple children or
frequent guests. The bedroom location is another important feature.
If you’d like privacy,
consider a split floor plan that places the master bedroom on the opposite side
of the house from all the other bedrooms.
Foodies and those who
love to cook should focus on the kitchen area. Choose a layout with plenty of
convenient storage and cabinetry.
You want a floor plan
that is flexible and open to accommodate changes in your family size and allows
for comfortable everyday living.
Pay close attention to
the flow of the floor plan. You want ample-sized hallways, as well as space
between rooms. Avoid placing bathrooms directly off of common areas to allow
An open-concept connects
all the main living areas and is ideal for entertaining.
Other important things
to consider are the ease of cleaning the space, the cost of heating and cooling
your new home, and safety for all family members. The best floor plans combine
functionality and style.
Top 3 Basic Floor Plans
If you need help getting
your creative juices flowing, it’s best to examine some of the most popular,
basic floor plans first.
From here, you can speak
with your builder and to make changes that better fit your needs.
A conventional bungalow is a
one-story home with a central living space. Some floor plans show all bedrooms
on one side of the home where others place the master on the opposite side.
Some bungalow style
homes have an attic or basement for extra storage. Bungalow style homes are
best for older couples or those who prefer a house without stairs.
A classic two-storey floor plan is exactly what it sounds like — the
home has two distinct levels. The two-storey layout
usually has all the bedrooms, including the master, on the second floor.
The main living space, including
the kitchen and living room, are found on the first level. This allows for
ample privacy and quiet when retreating to bed.
Some modern varieties
showcase the master bedroom on the main level with all additional bedrooms
If you have a large
family or additional family members living with you, a multi-level floor plan
might suit your needs best.
Multi-level floor plans
combine a few different styles in one, with the main benefit being plenty of
living space and storage. The size, location, and pitch of the lot where you’re
building might also support a multi-level layout.
Examples of multi-level
- High ranches
- Split- or Bi-levels
Most multi-level homes
are a combination of a ranch and two-storey floor
Reading and Choosing the Best Floor Plans
Once you decide what
style home and layout is best for your family and needs, it’s time to choose
the best floorplan for you.
Knowing how to read a
floorplan, including symbols and measurements will ensure your
pleased with your selections.
A floor plan is similar to a blueprint where a lot of information and detail is
included in a small area. In the interest of avoiding confusion, many floor
plans use symbols for things like doorways, toilets, and windows.
This also provides a
visual interpretation of what your home will look like.
Rooms are divided by solid
black lines that represent walls. Here, you’ll see the measurements of each
room which helps you plan for furniture and spacing.
A line with a curve
underneath represents a doorway. Pay attention to which way the door opens —
inward or outward.
Windows and sliding
doors are often represented by rectangles as shown on this floor plan.
Grids on the floor may indicate tile.
Dotted lines in the
kitchen on a floor plan like this one,
show cabinet space and storage.
pay close attention to the kitchen layout on the floor plan including cabinetry
and appliance placement. This floor plan shows
where major appliances are located including the dishwasher, stove, and
If you’re unsure about
what a specific symbol means, be sure to ask your builder for clarification.
In addition to symbols,
you’ll also see several abbreviations on the floor plan.
Closets are often marked
as WIC, for a walk-in closet, or LN to represent a linen closet in the bathroom
and/or a laundry room.
DN is used to represent
“down” if the home design you choose has stairs. W/D is another
popular abbreviation and resembles the washer and dryer.
Get Started Building Your Dream Home
Now that you have a
better understanding of your floor plan options, you can start planning your
Consider floor plans
that accommodate both your current and future needs. Don’t be afraid to ask
questions or for clarification. The beauty of building your home from the
ground up is the potential for some flexibility and customization.
We’re proud to offer
several unique home models in the gorgeous Summit Park Community.
You can also
search our inventory of available homes here if you’re ready to make your move