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What to Look at When You’re Reviewing a Floor Plan

Posted by John Graziose

Wed, Jan 7, 2015 @ 06:01 AM

One of the most important parts of the homebuilding process is selecting the right floor plan for your new home. It seems pretty straightforward, but it can be a little more complicated than it sounds. Not everyone looks at floor plans in the same way. As builders, we look at a floor plan and visualize what needs to happen in each area of the home to create the end product—your dream home. But homeowners have a completely different perspective when reviewing floor plans. They’re not thinking boards and drywall and wiring—they’re thinking about finished rooms. That’s not always easy when you’re staring at black lines on white paper. So what should you look at when you’re reviewing a floor plan?

Let’s use the “Magnolia” floor plan you see pictured here as an example (you can look at a larger version of the floor plan here). 

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Think About the Flow of the Home

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Use the floor plan as a map to do a “walk-through" of your potential home. In your mind, pull your car into the garage (this is how you’ll enter the house most of the time). Think about the extra storage space in front of your cars. Then step into the rear entry. You’ve got a pantry just around the corner for easy unloading of your groceries.

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Imagine yourself walking into the rest of your house—with your kitchen off to the left that flows into the great room. The dining room is just off the kitchen and the study (perhaps a home office?) is tucked away from distraction at the front of the home. 


Consider the Layout and Location of Each Room

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Imagine taking a walk upstairs and looking at the layout. Use the dimensions on the floor plan to get a sense for room size and where specific pieces of furniture could go. Will the layout allow you to configure your furniture the way you want? Do you like having a view to the lower level from upstairs? Do you want all bedrooms on the same level? 

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What about the location of specific rooms? The laundry room in the Magnolia is located on the first floor. While some homeowners prefer to have it on the first floor, you may want to move it to the second floor to be closer to the bedrooms. 


Make Sure the Plan Fits You

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Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that the plan should fit your lifestyle. Don’t try to make your lifestyle fit the plan. The Magnolia plan is just one of many options that cover a wide variety of styles and sizes. It’s simply a tool—designed to help you determine if the layout and size of the home are a good match for your family.


Can You Customize the Floor Plan?

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At Gerber Homes, we can customize any of our floor plans to suit your needs. It doesn't matter if you want to add a home gym to excercise in, a play room for your children, or a media room to watch movies with your family, we can make it all happen. Is there something missing from one of the floor plans that you must have in your new home? Maybe you need a two car garage to house your vehicles from the harsh NY winters? We can modify your plan to include enough space for both of your cars. 


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