Popular floor plans
A home plan should suit your daily life.
What floor plan/home features do people most often request? It’s hard to say, since each person/family can be in a different stage of life (older vs. younger, family vs. individual), can have different livability needs and tastes in style, building materials, etc. But there are a few trends in today’s stock house plans.
Homebuyers and builders want plans that fit the way people live. For younger families, that may mean repurposing a formal dining room into a children’s play area or home office. Open-plan layouts are popular because they facilitate interaction among family members. People are looking for large amounts of storage space and walk-in closets, too.
Many of the more progressive stock plan design firms have realized the need for floor plan flexibility, and have met it by including multiuse areas, including flex spaces and bonus rooms. A “flex space” can be used for any purpose needed by the individual or family, and its function can change over time with changing needs. Typical uses include children’s playroom, home study, extra storage and/or extra bathroom. A “bonus room” is usually created (by the designer’s intent) out of a particular house’s style. For example, a traditional house might have a high-pitched gable over the garage. The unused space inside the gable can become a usable “bonus room.”
SPLIT FLOOR PLAN
The two basic floor plan layouts are primarily differentiated by their treatment of the master bedroom in relation to other bedrooms and public space (i.e., great room, den, kitchen, etc). In a traditional layout, the master bedroom/suite is located on the same side of the house as the other bedrooms. The grouping of bedroom spaces is adaptable to many design styles and may work well for families with infants or small children and/or retired couples with little need for multiple bedrooms, who can use an them for storage or as a conveniently located home office. The split floor plan layout addresses the shortcomings of the traditional layout by physically separating the master suite from the other bedrooms and often from high-traffic public areas. The advantages are privacy and quiet. The downside is that it’s sometimes hard to incorporate in the design, especially on a narrow lot.
EASE OF MAINTENANCE
Time constraints are at an all-time high. Many families now depend on two full-time working parents with additional outside commitments. When time is so precious, home maintenance tasks rank right below doing one’s taxes and going to the dentist for a root canal. People today want a home that is aesthetically pleasing and functional, of course. But they also want it to incorporate building materials and design features that utilize up-to-date developments to minimize the amount of maintenance (cleaning, painting, replacment, etc) needed over time. Hardy board, for example, is an exterior covering similar in look to wood siding but made from an extremely durable concrete base. There are many brands. The floor plan trends and most-requested features mentioned here reflect the interests of stock house plan purchasers today. It should be noted that construction practices will vary across the country because of different demographic profiles or geographical characteristics.
OPEN-PLAN LAYOUTS FACILITATE INTERACTION AMONG FAMILY.