When you’re designing your dream home, one of the most exciting parts is choosing a floor plan. As you begin going through your options, it’s important to think about how the space will be used and how it will work with your lifestyle. The right floor plan will make all the difference in the world to how you experience your home.

There are lots of options, which can make the process overwhelming. However, we’re here to help make it easier. Below, we’ll provide you with a few tips to keep in mind when deciding which house plan is ideal for you.

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6 Factors to Consider

There are 6 factors to keep in mind when choosing the right floor plan for you:


The first thing you should consider when choosing your house plan is the size. You don’t want to over- or under-build your home. As you go through your options, make a list of things that you want your new home to have. Think about how many bedrooms and bathrooms you would like to have, whether or not you need a dining room, and the style of kitchen that you’d like. These details can help you find your perfect floor plan.

Design Style

Everyone has their own style and it’s essential to choose a floor plan that matches that style. If your style is more traditional, you’ll want to go with a more traditional floor plan with defined spaces and plenty of wall space. On the other hand, if your style is more modern, you may want to go with an open floor plan.

One way to determine your design style is to consider your furniture and décor. If everything seems to coordinate, an open floor plan may work. On the other hand, if your furniture and décor reflect a variety of styles, a traditional floor plan may be best.

Go with Your Gut

Set up a few tours so that you can see the various floor plans. When touring, pay attention to what feels right and what you don’t like at all. You may be surprised at the various options you have when it comes to choosing a floor plan. Don’t shy away from something because it’s different. However, you should keep your gut reactions in mind when you make your decision.

Consider Material & Furniture Cost

The next thing to consider is the cost of materials and furniture. After all, things like new furniture, flooring, and paint are all major expenses. When you build your dream home, you’ll have to spend money on floors and walls- but you can save some money if you plan to use your current furniture. If you do decide to keep your furniture, think about where it will go and make sure to measure it so that you can be sure it will fit.

Consider Your Budget

Another important factor to keep in mind is your budget. You must think about the costs associated with your design decisions. This includes things like heating and cooling your home, as well as general operating and maintenance costs. Ask your builder or contractor to help you determine the costs of the floor plans that you like to help you narrow down your choices to fit your budget.

Think About Modifications

You’ve found a house plan that you have fallen in love with- but there’s something not quite right. Modifications are almost always available. Perhaps you want to add a room or change the ceiling heights. Then again, you may have more elaborate changes in mind. Work with your architect to make these modifications.


Keep in mind that it can be complicated to choose a floor plan for your new home, but it is possible. If you’re planning to retire in New Hanover or Brunswick Counties in North Carolina, consider working with Chris Creekmore of Creekmore Realty. He specializes in 55+ communities and can help you find your dream home to spend your retirement in.