|The Great Outdoors plan from Destination Homes|
When building a home, the first thing you need to decide is the structure/floor plan of the home. Destination Homes has 3 floor plans you can choose from in the Lake Village and I went through all three when I visited. Although they all had their strong points, I was particularly drawn to the "Great Outdoors" floor plan.
Reading floor plans isn't the easiest thing, so I wish I had pictures of the home to illustrate the layout, but of course I picked the one home that was under construction in the drywall phase - nothing to look at.
So let me tell you why I picked this floor plan and what to think about when you are building a home of your own.
There's really only 1 thing you need to know when building a home : KNOW HOW YOU LIVE
|David Christensen Photography|
Charm and character are important to me. We don't particularly love huge kitchens, I care more about a cute dining nook, a quirky ceiling (like the ceiling in the kitchen I chose - you can't see it in the floor plan but it slopes a bit and would be super cute with ship lap/beadboard on the ceiling), and a pantry. And we aren't really kitchen island sitters, so a big island also wasn't as important to me as the dining room.
I am lazy and forgetful. I do not love the idea of running up and down stairs to grab my keys that I forgot in my room, or my cell phone, or whatever. A main floor master is a must.
|Terris Lightfoot Construction|
|House & Garden circa 1939|
And that's how I decided on a floor plan. And can I stress how important getting the floor plan and layout right is?!!! You can change paint colors and tile much more easily than where bedrooms are located and how big your kitchen is. Spend your money on a great floor plan. When I go into old homes to remodel them, it's amazing how much money we save when we don't have to gut the home to create a good layout. It is crucial. Just saying.
And remember to check in next Wednesday to see what finishes I chose for my well-laid out home :) And of course visit my friends' posts to see what they chose for their virtual dream homes!