When it comes to building a custom home, you probably have stacks of photos and notebooks of ideas. One of the things most likely heavy on your mind is the size of your future home. There are several factors that must be considered when choosing the right size. To help you get started thinking about these ideas, take a look at these considerations:
1. Think about your family (current and future).
The first place to start when determining how large or small of a home you need is the size of your family. Consider how many kids you have or plan on having when determining the number of bedrooms you need. If you plan on having kids share bedrooms, then make sure your floor plan includes larger rooms meant for more than one person.
2. Consider the lot size.
While your lot shouldn’t define the square footage of your home, because you can always add a lower level or additional floors, it can determine the layout of your home. If you’re limited on the square footage of your first floor, then you’ll have to strategically plan out the rooms to include on that floor. You can always add the family room to a lower level to save some space on the first floor.
3. Plan out the rooms you want and need.
Obviously rooms like the kitchen, bedrooms, and laundry room are must haves. But, does your family want a theater room? How about a full mudroom? An indoor basketball court? Lower level bar? There are plenty of great features to consider for a custom home, but some of these features depend on the size of your home.
4. Do you have any pets?
Small pets like rabbits and hamsters can be kept in your kids’ rooms, but what about the family dog or cat? When thinking about the size of your home, consider where your beloved family pet will spend the night or go to rest.
5. Where will you do your hobbies?
If you’re big into crafting or your spouse enjoys working with tools, you have to plan on adding space for these things. Whether it’s a larger garage, outdoor barn, or even a room on the second floor, you need space to perfect your craft and work on your hobbies.
When it comes to planning your future home, it’s about more than just the size of your floor plan or the square footage. It needs to be a place where you feel at home the minute you step through the front door.
If you’re ready to start building your custom home, the Indianapolis custom home builders at Carrington Custom Homes are ready to help! We’ll talk about all of the ideas you have and how we can turn them into a reality! Contact us today.