Designing a Floor Plan

This is supposed to be the fun part of building a new home. Unfortunately, it can turn out to be a frustrating activity unless you have some competent help. There are lots of decisions to make. The two easiest way to attack this activity are looking at floor plan magazines or using balloon diagrams to get started. Following are some things to consider:

Floor Plan Decisions

The more of the following questions you can answer the faster the design process will proceed.  

  • one or two stories
  • approximate floor plan size in square feet
  • views or slopes to consider
  • how many bedrooms and baths
  • bedroom placement
  • home office
  • great room or family room and living room 
  • separate dining room
  • kitchen pantry
  • mud room
  • garage shop

Floor Plan Magazines

This is the easiest way to get started. Buy some house plan magazines or get on the internet and start looking at house plans. Answers to some of the above questions will resolve themselves after looking at a lot of plans. Even if you think you know what you want you may get some good ideas. Send for our flyer How to Select a Floor Plan for more details.

Balloon Diagrams

This is a great design tool because it works if you know exactly what you want or if you only have a few good ideas about what you want. We make this process easy because we do it on a computer either at your home or our office. The computer makes it easy to make changes and see the results immediately. Send for our flyer Developing Floor Plans from Balloon Diagrams for more details.