Although many floor plans include similar elements, layouts, and styles, not every family is the same. This is why choosing a floor plan suited to your needs is so important to enhancing your daily life.
While the right floor plan is a major decision, knowing what to consider and look for can help you narrow down your choices and decide on the best one for your unique family. For instance, the number of family members, their ages, and their work or school schedules will be huge factors for which type of floor plan you choose.
Below are a few ideas to help you come up with a well-suited floor plan for everyone. Last month we talked about optimal floor plans for the main floor, so for this post we’re going to focus on other areas of the home.
Second-Floor Strategies: Bedrooms
The second floor of a family home is traditionally the location of bedrooms and the main bathrooms. With separation from the main living space, having bedrooms on a different floor ensures family members can have enjoy some quiet time to rest or study when others are awake, or escape for some private time uninterrupted by activities or guests elsewhere in your home.
One more thing to keep in mind – having your master bedroom close to the kids can be great when they’re younger, but what about when they hit those teenage years? Look at how long you plan on being in the home and plan accordingly. As the kids grow into independent teenagers, more privacy and quiet is a necessity, both for you and for them.
The Peaceful Surroundings of An Ensuite
With an active family and a busy lifestyle, the luxury of a spa-like experience in the master bedroom gives parents a space in which to unwind. A large steam shower, soaking tub and spacious floor space provides a private and relaxing location for daily reprieves from your hectic schedule.
Think about what you need in your ensuite. Do you want dual vanities? Is plenty of storage important? Although high-end finishes and fixtures are an important part of your beautiful ensuite, the key is a spacious room with a focus on creating a peaceful, private space.
With the exception of towels, pretty much all of the laundry your family generates is on the second floor. This means placing the washer and dryer within close proximity of the bedrooms for all their clothing and bedding makes it easier to collect and return it.
A second-floor laundry room is a modern convenience, and one of the most practical and helpful floor plan features you can choose. When laundry is washed, dried and put away all on the same level, you’ll never have to worry about dragging the laundry basket around the house.
Modern Storage: Walk-In Closets
As a part of your new home’s floor plan, walk-in closets are a great solution to the age-old problem of not having enough storage space. With a larger area and flexibility for racks, drawers, cabinets, and countertops, a walk-in closet is the ideal choice to add function and value. As an essential part of your master suite and an option for additional bedrooms, your family will appreciate the extra storage space and superior organization that a walk-in closet provides.
Basements: Fun and Functional
A finished basement is a wonderful way to add square footage and extra features for the use of family members or guests. Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, basements are a practical option for additional bedrooms, recreation rooms or secondary suites for multi-generational families. Additional bathrooms with functional features can create a space that’s comfortable for everyone.
Basement Secondary Suite
When your home hosts multiple generations or extended family members, your basement can provide much-needed space and privacy. Outfitting your basement with living space, bedrooms and bathrooms make it a comfortable location for a peaceful sanctuary or master suite, separate from the rest of the home for quiet and privacy. With a walk-out floor plan, entering the basement suite is easy and does not require access to the rest of the house, which is a wonderful feature if family members have a different schedule.
Basement Rec Room
Basements have often been used for recreation, game or theatre rooms, and this time-honoured tradition is still a great choice. When your new home features a walk-out basement, your children can enjoy immediate access to the backyard paired with a dedicated indoor space for a variety of games, projects or sports. Allowing your children to enjoy this space also means they won’t be underfoot in the kitchen and living room while you’re hosting guests or preparing meals.
When building a new home for your large or multi-generational family, working with a flexible and reputable builder is key. Not only will they take the time to understand your needs, but will work closely with you to create a uniquely customized home that will guarantee security and comfort of your family for many years to come.