If you’re planning to build a custom home in the Rochester area, it’s important that the home you build fit your personality, your taste and your family’s lifestyle. Your home should be a place where you and your family will be comfortable for a long time.
However, that raises an important question: What exactly is “a long time?” How long do you plan to stay in your home? If you’re planning on the house you’re building being your home for many years to come, your needs (and even your tastes) may change.
Generally speaking, homeowners in their 20s can adapt to almost anything; at that stage, as long as you have a roof over your head, you’ll survive. But as you move into your 30s, you may have other considerations; your family may be growing and you may have young children to think about. The house you build should take that into consideration.
Homeowners in their 40s are often dealing with older children, who may require more space in their bedrooms (or who may no longer be willing to share a bedroom). Additionally, you may find that you want separate spaces where you and the kids can watch TV on occasion (especially if you want them to invite their friends to your house).
If you’re planning to remain in the same home in your 50s and beyond, there are a whole new set of considerations. The kids might be moving out, but perhaps you have an aging parent who might be moving in. You may even begin to think about making the home easier for yourself—even to the point of having everything you need to access daily on the main level.
Nobody has a crystal ball that can predict exactly what their future needs may be. But it’s helpful to realize that your needs will very likely change over time. That’s why, when you look at floor plans, you’ll at least want to keep potential life changes in mind before deciding on the plan that’s right for you.