Choosing a floor plan is an exciting step in the home building process. If you’ve gotten to this step then you’ve likely moved forward with financing options and secured your builder, congratulations! That’s a big deal.

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Building a new home can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, but we’re here to take the stress out of the equation for you. When you work with NewLeaf Homes, you choose from a selection of floorplan packages that work best for you and your family’s needs.

But how do you know which makes the most sense for you? Are you interested in the open kitchen? Do you want a separate dining area? Sometimes square footage doesn’t always equate to a bigger or smaller home. Smartly designed homes can utilize small spaces and feel big. While larger homes can feel cozy and quaint if designed that way.

So, here’s what to ask when you’re choosing a floorplan.

What Is Your Ideal Square Footage?

As mentioned, square footage doesn’t always equate to a bigger or smaller home. There are different options for floorplans that can offer an open and airy feel with less square footage. An open floor plan is a great example of this.

Conversely, larger homes can feel cozy and smaller depending on their architectural style. In Texas, square footage typically does not include garages (unless they have been converted and insulated as an added room to your home).

Also, keep in mind how big you’d like your rooms to be. Here are some typical rooms to think of when calculating your home’s square footage:

  • Master suite or Owner’s retreat + bathroom
  • Closet Space
  • Home office
  • Bedrooms
  • Living Room
  • Laundry Room
  • Dining Area
  • Kitchen
  • Other Bathroom(s)

Imagine the Flow

Unless you’re paying with cash, you’ll need to get pre-approval before any of the fun stuff starts happening. A pre-approval will let you know exactly what your budget is, this allows you to be realistic when building your custom home.

There are tons of lenders to choose from. There are big box lenders and smaller, local ones. Each has its advantages and challenges, so it’s important to do your own research. If you’re not sure which lender to move forward with, you can always work with a realtor. Realtors often have connections with lenders that help move the process along.

Decide On Where You Want Your Home

Every home has its own unique flow. This is both due to the floorplan, where fixtures are installed and to your chosen interior design. Every family member is going to have a different opinion when it comes to the flow of your home, so be sure to ask everyone—or only the people you want an opinion from.

Think about how you’d like to get from your laundry room to your bedroom. Or how you’d bathe your kiddos in the bathtub. Floor plans can inform how you will live your everyday life in your new home.

What’s the Story?

Sure, every home and house has a story, but how many stories do you need your house to be? Are you looking for one story with an attic for storage? Or do you need a two-story home to separate rooms by level?

Do you have elderly or differently-abled people that need to access a bathroom on the first floor? If so, keep this in mind when choosing your floorplan. You may have some flexibility on where you can place owner retreats and guest rooms, so always be sure to talk to your builder, first.

What Does the Future Hold?

Are you a new family looking to grow? Or empty nesters looking to downsize? If you plan to live in this home for the foreseeable future, imagine what your life will look like 5-10 years down the road. What are some things you’ll need that you don’t currently have? Try planning accordingly.

What’s Missing Now?

Think about your current living situation. Surely there’s something you’d like to see change. We’ve all said, “in my next home I’m going to….” Well now that you’re choosing your own floorplan, you have the ability to make that a reality.