Many homeowners make common mistakes when deciding which floorplan best meets their needs. Ask yourself the following questions to decide which floorplan is ideal for your family’s current and future needs.floor plans for new homes
1. Does this floorplan address most of what we lack in our current home? Have you found that your laundry room is too tight and a large mudroom would enable you to store all family members’ outdoor wear, sports equipment, etc. and help you get the kids ready to leave more efficiently? Are you tired of lugging laundry up and down the stairs and want a laundry room on the second level to save yourself time and muscle strain? Ascertaining whether or not the new floorplan solves most of the issues related to your current home’s floorplan and size will enable you to choose an ideal layout.
Ponder why you originally considered building a new home. Perhaps you lack ample storage space in your current home or have decided to start working from home and require a private, quiet home office. If you’ve had children since your last move, is your goal to obtain more space for entertainment such as a theatre, game or craft room?
The latest home design trends were revealed by 125,000 builders, designers and media pros at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NV in January. There was no need to attend the industry’s largest trade show because the home design and construction experts at Echelon Homes are here to fill you in!
Whether moving across town or across the country, meeting people is the best way to get settled in your new construction home. This can be somewhat challenging if you are one of the first homes in a new community because there simply aren’t many neighbors. Regardless, you can settle in to your new neighborhood by following these three simple steps:new home construction site
Love thy neighbor. Get to know the people who have already moved into the community. While it may feel a little intimidating, chances are that they would like to meet new people too. Keep an eye out for when neighbors don’t appear to be preoccupied and walk over or drive by. Introduce yourself as you would normally would and let them know how excited you are to finally be in your new construction home. Ask questions about your new neighbors, for example, where they moved from; if they have children; how they like the area, etc. Showing an interest in them will make you feel more comfortable gathering the information you need to settle in, such as which local gym is best. If there are common areas such as a fitness center, playground and/or swimming pool, go frequently and you are sure to meet nice neighbors.
Raised ceilings have been a trend for quite some time due to their immense impact. Ceilings raised 12 or 15 feet open up even relatively smaller spaces, such as a powder room or foyer. Many model homes feature high ceilings coupled with a grand staircases to the second level which also creates the illusion of more space.
To witness the impact of high ceilings, tour two homes with similar square footage—one built in the 60’s or 70’s and a current model home. As you walk through the newly constructed home, you will sense that every room feels a bit bigger even though the overall square footage is the same as the home built a half a century ago.
Valentine’s Day recently passed and if you celebrated with your sweetheart, it was probably an evening full of fun and love. Building a dream home, on the other hand, can be stressful at times. Buyers who choose to build their dream homes can expect to make quick decisions with long-term impacts and deal with delays. No one says it will be easy, however everyone believes building a dream home is worth it.
A recent study published in The Journals of Gerontology evaluated more than 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries and only 4.6% live in independent living facilities and 5.8% reside in assisted living facilities. In the past, many homes were built with ‘in-law suites’ to accommodate long visits by extended family. Today, many adult children of aging parents are opting to care for their mother or father at home, so there is resurgence in the construction of a second master bedroom or ‘in-law suite.’
The beauty of defining your new construction home is that you can ensure there is enough space and an ideal floor plan to accommodate young adults moving back home who require privacy and older adults who may struggle with their mobility, vision, etc. Ascertaining needs ahead of time will help thwart issues that often arise from different sleep cycles; noise levels; social calendars and general activities so as to ultimately guarantee a happy transition for you and your loved ones.
If you’re in the market for a home, you might be considering new home developments. With so many new communities popping up, it can be easy to get a little lost. Here are 3 ways to find the best new home developments for you and your family:
#1: Decide on an Area
The first option you should consider when looking for the right development for your new home is the general area you want to live in. Have your heart set on a certain town or county? Start there. Not sure about what town you want to live in but are interested in a specific school district? Take a look at the district boundaries to see what your geographic options are. Your desired location is the first determination when choosing a development.
The obvious benefits of new home construction are peace of mind from predictable maintenance and a comprehensive home warranty. Some overlooked benefits are the opportunities to go green, incorporate technology, and optimize the layout.
1. Go green in new home construction.
Environmentally friendly practices and products are becoming buzz-worthy for good reason. Durable materials like granite counter tops resist scratching and staining. Weather resistant siding like fiber cement requires minimal upkeep and eliminates the hassle of repainting wood.
Besides materials, consider energy conservation techniques. Proper insulation reduces heat transfer and the energy expenditure to heat and cool your home. Efficient heating and cooling units along with energy star appliances add up to a lower utility bill.
2. Incorporate technology in new home construction.
Your local coffee shop is a wireless hot spot. You home should also offer wireless convenience in style and comfort. A programmable thermostat can be accessed from a remote location to keep heating and cooling bills low in the midst of a busy and unpredictable schedule. A central control panel can control not only your heating and cooling, but also your security system and surround sound. Touch screens in the kitchen make it easy to keep track of your grocery list or follow a recipe. Motion sensor lights and faucets are convenient and conserve energy.
3. Optimize the layout in new home construction.
The latest layouts feature flexible rooms and an open floor plan. Flex rooms offer an efficient use of square footage. As your family grows or your lifestyle changes, they convert from a gym, to a baby’s room, to an office, to a hobby room. An open floor plan is great for busy families and entertaining. Keep an eye of kids doing homework while you prepare dinner. Or serve up appetizers and desserts at unique stations on the next holiday gathering you host.
Check out the latest floor plans available now for new home construction. The layouts from Echelon Homes won’t overlook any of the items on your wish list.
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
Check out three reasons to choose new construction when buying a new home:
1) Choose your floor plan and options.
An existing home limits you to the previous floor plan. It will be both expensive and disruptive to retrofit; it could also be structurally impossible to change. If you choose new construction when buying a new home, you’re in control of the floor plan you select from your builder.
Think about function and aesthetics when selecting your floor plan and options. If you have a large family and love to entertain, the largest kitchen will be your first choice. If you run a business out of your home, the office space in the floor plan will be critically important. For those who indulge in a biweekly movie night in, a media room will be desirable.
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