Build Your Dream Home 101: Choosing a Floor Plan

Lennar floor plan

A new build house offers all the flexibility to design a space that fits your lifestyle. You get to decide what your dream home will look like at every stage, from the lot it’s built upon to the custom features throughout.

Floor plans should reflect your needs. Not the other way around. When it comes time to pick a layout, don’t let the options overwhelm you. Let’s look at steps you can take to ensure that you are choosing a floor plan that suits you and your family. 

Observe your current lifestyle

The best starting point is simply paying attention to your current lifestyle. Look at what rooms are used the most and least. Maybe your family spends a lot of time watching TV together in the living room while the formal dining room never gets used. Maybe your kitchen table has turned into an office rather than a place to eat. Maybe the guest bedroom has turned into a playroom. Take all of these into consideration as you review floor plans and their features. What spaces can you plan for in your new home that will help alleviate some misused or unused rooms in your current home?

Make a spreadsheet

It’s exciting to have a wealth of possibilities at your fingertips. However, as you prepare to review options, avoid getting carried away and stay focused on what matters most. We recommend creating a spreadsheet that contains lists of “needs'' versus “wants” and prioritizes features within those lists. For example, a dedicated home office may be on your need list while a guest room might be on your want list. This way you’ll know exactly what you're looking for in a home and won’t get carried away by other flashy features.

Review your options

If you’re planning on moving into a new build housing community, likely there will be a variety of home options to choose from. Brunswick Crossing offers stellar models from Lennar and Richmond American Homes. Our single-family homes provide multiple floors of living space with room to spare for any changes in your lifestyle. Our main-level living homes are perfect for those looking for the convenience of having all their essentials in a single story. We also offer townhomes with all the vertical space to meet your needs. As you review floor plans, keep track of them in a chart that includes the features on your needs and wants lists.

Watch your budget

Get serious about how much you’re willing to spend on your new home. We recommend keeping track of what you can financially afford in the spreadsheet with your features list. Also, don’t be afraid to pull in a professional to ensure you’re making the most informed decision for your family. At Brunswick Crossing, our homes fit a variety of budgets ranging from the $400s to $600s.

Take a tour

It’s one thing to review a flat, 2D floor plan and another to actually walk around the space. The best way to truly visualize your life in a new home is by touring the model home. By visiting the model home, you’ll also get a chance to explore the housing community, potential lots, and available amenities. If you can’t visit the model in person, look around for a virtual tour option. Many of the models at Brunswick Crossing also have virtual tours.

Plan for the future

What will your life look like in five to 10 years? Take into consideration any changes that will happen in that time frame. Your family might expand, whether you’re expecting kids, grandkids, or parents. Your kids may move out or go off to college. Will you or any of your inhabitants struggle to climb stairs? In the moment, a playroom or office can turn into a bedroom, but it’s also important to think about these changes as you review floor plans.

Are you ready to turn your dream home into a reality? Brunswick Crossing welcomes you to view our model floor plans, visit our community, tour the homes in person, take a virtual tour, and check out the resort-style amenities we offer.

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