Common Floor Plan Mistakes & How to Avoid Them….

by / Friday, 23 October 2015 / Published in News

When deciding on a floor plan for you next home it becomes difficult knowing what exactly will work best for your family because of all the unknown options. At Marcus Lumber we want to help you get the most functionality from you plan as possible.  So whether your at the stage now where you’re ready to meet with one of our experts or just starting the hunt for the perfect floor plan, check out this simple guide to avoid some of the most common floor plan mistakes.

1.Don’t assume you’re crazy for not understanding floor plan drawings: If you recently started looking or designing your next home, more than likely you will need to review  floor plan drawings. While for many design professionals it is second nature, for many homeowners the symbols and nomenclature can be difficult to understand. Don’t assume you are supposed to know what every door swing, window, stair, and multi-story space looks like on a floor plan. Don’t make the mistake of assuming just ask!

2. Don’t assume the sizes of rooms on a floor plan are adequate: How many times have you read the dimensions of a room on a floor plan and then realized your existing furniture doesn’t fit like you thought into the finished room? Measure your existing furniture before deciding on final sizes for a home. If you’re not sure how large of room you need, measure your existing furniture, tables and walking area to determine how much space you REALLY need in your next floor plan. Add on additional area if you’re trying to add space to your next home.

3. Consider safety for little ones when choosing a plan: Have you ever fell in love with a sports car just to be brought back to reality that you have a full family that will not fit in the car? The same mistake can be said when looking for the ideal home for your family. Safety should come first and many floor plan amenities such as balconies, stairs that don’t have railings, expansive glass shower enclosures and other features may look great for adults but may need to be modified for families with small children.

4. Choose a floor plan that works with your budget now: One mistake homebuyers often make when looking at floor plans is over spending for the future, rather than planning for the present. You can always upgrade your home. From finishes and innovative additions to possibly adding area and amenities. Don’t get oversold from a home selling agent or a developer’s representative – only you know your budget. Plan for your budget now so you will feel comfortable living in your home and not feel “financially strained” each month to make payments on your home.

5. Bring your family along with you when choosing a floor plan: Don’t make the mistake of keeping your floor plan decision making to yourself. If you are able to walk through physical models of homes before deciding on a floor plan, consider bringing your family along for the decision. It may help you see the reaction of your roommates, kids, significant other or others who will share the home with you. Being the “sole decision maker” can sometimes backfire on you – instead have your family weigh in on the important decision of choosing the ideal floor plan for you all!
Read more: http://freshome.com/2013/08/21/10-floor-plan-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them-in-your-home/#ixzz3nQHJjqxg

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