Your home’s blueprints are obviously extremely important, which is why you want to make sure you’ve fully considered them before actual construction ever begins. Especially if this is the first time you’re building a home, there are some things you might not have given a second thought that could actually benefit you a lot in the long run.
While your house plans will never be “perfect,” you can at least set yourself up for success by considering some of these improvements and changes for your blueprint:
- Don’t Skimp on Your Outdoor Spaces
Many people who build a home for the first time often put their outdoor living spaces on the back burner, but they’re just as important as the rest of the home. While you might think you won’t spend all the much time outdoors right now, you should think about the future and what you might do in a few years’ time. Maybe you’ll have a dog eventually who will need a big fenced in yard? Or maybe you’ll be hosting gatherings more often and you’ll want a patio and outdoor kitchen for entertaining? Perhaps your kids will be the perfect age to invest in a swimming pool? Including these features on your home plans will save you money, since the construction will be completed all at once instead of multiple separate times. You also won’t have to go through the trouble of calling up and scheduling a new project with another contractor later on. Those features can also add a lot of value to your home, so if you end up putting it on the market down the line, it will be worth so much more with them than without them.
- Create a More Helpful Entry Way
So often now we find ourselves carrying more and more with us wherever we go and needing more places to put those items when we get back home. Creating an entry way that will allow for a good spot to set things down once you get in the door will actually be incredibly beneficial.
- Hooks for bags, purses, jackets, and leashes are a great addition.
- Cubbies for shoes work well at preventing everyone from tracking dirt and mud into the house.
- Shelving for baskets and containers to hold things like mail and loose change will give you a place for odds and ends.
- Make a designated spot for keys so you won’t ever have to worry about losing them.
- A small bench will give you a spot to sit down and put shoes on before you leave, or take them off after you walk in.
This entry space can look like some simple built-in shelving on an existing wall or it could be a larger spot carved out of the floorplan, either way it will really change the way you live for the better.
- Make Sure Your Home Flows
The flow of your home can make a big difference in how big or small it feels. Open floorplans help eliminate the stuffy feeling of homes, but not everyone is interested in a house that open. For those that aren’t, working to create a smooth transition between rooms and hallways will help the space not feel so cramped. Creating recesses in longer hallways will help them feel less plain and small and will allow for extra decoration and storage. Having windows at the ends of hallways will let in more natural lighting and brighten up the place. Spreading rooms out around the house and not having them all bunched up in one corner will overall make the home feel bigger as well.
- Maximize Storage Spaces
Storage is one thing you can’t have enough of as a homeowner. Taking the time to go through each and every room in your home plan and brainstorming all of the various items that will need to be stored in each space will let you properly plan enough storage. Walk-in closets in all the bedrooms might seem overkill at first, but they allow for plenty of storage for each person living in the house. In the kitchen, be sure you’re designing enough storage for all of your cookware, as well as a big enough pantry for food items. Some people like to minimize belongings so they won’t need a ton of storage, but there are some things that just can’t be easily displayed and will need a good spot to hide them away (think towels and bathroom toiletries, as well as cleaning supplies and linens!)
- Allow For Flexibility Everywhere
What is going to do the most for your home plan is allowing spaces to have multiple uses. Let the laundry room act as a station for indoor gardening. Make the extra bedroom a good office space as well as a nice art studio. The big game room can also function as a guest space, too. Don’t put too many hard limits on your blueprint, since that locks you in in things that will require major renovation for in the future. Even something as small as putting wall outlets in multiple places throughout rooms will let you easily rearrange over the years without limiting where you can plug in electronics or lighting.
The best advice is to take your time in the planning stage so that once construction is finished, you won’t have any regrets about your new home! If you’re looking for a home builder to help you draw up floor plans or begin the actual construction of your home, Cordes Custom Homes can help you get started on your custom home journey! Just give us a call or fill out the form on our contact page for a FREE consultation on all home building and contracting services!