One of the biggest myths about modular homes is that they restrict buyers to a few pre-set options when it comes to layouts and floor plans. The key word when it comes to modular homes is modular — builders and buyers use a wide range of components to create unique designs that reflect their needs. If you’re considering a modular home, you have an almost limitless number of options when it comes to choosing a floor plan.
How to Choose a Floor Plan — Space Considerations
The most significant consideration when choosing a new home floor plan is size — after all, if you’re investing the time and money into building a new home, you’ll want there to be enough space to live comfortably. Determining how many rooms you’ll need may require asking the big questions — where do you see yourself and your family in five to 10 years? If children are in the picture, will there be enough space to meet their growing needs?
Look ahead but also be realistic about what you can manage — now and as you age. For empty nesters, too much space can be as big a problem as too little. Bear in mind that larger homes require more maintenance, higher utility bills and other hassles.
Design and Amenities
A big home is only comfortable if it’s laid out well. Conversely, good design can help you make better use of limited space. Think about how people will move through your new home. Look at where you’re currently living and identify the things you like least about it — often, smart design can be the key to solving these issues.
Part of anticipating future needs is recognizing that design trends can change over time. Instead of building your home around specific finishes or appliances, go for something more versatile that will give you options later on when your tastes change.
Fitting in With the Neighborhood
Another consideration when choosing a floor plan for a new home is how it will fit in with the rest of the neighborhood. Often, this involves a delicate balance — while you want something that will stand out and reflect your tastes, a home that is wildly different from those nearby can seem tacky or ostentatious. As well, there may be bylaw or homeowner’s organization requirements to consider.
The best thing you can do in this regard is to work with a builder that takes the time to do the research and can offer expert, unbiased advice.
Budgeting for Your Dream Home
Modular homes consistently offer value for your money — even when factoring in the extra costs of customization. The best way to save is to start with a floor plan that’s closest to what you need and make changes from there.
Start exploring your options by visiting our Gallery and viewing some of the new home floor plans we’ve designed for customers in MA and CT. Better yet, contact us directly to speak with a representative and schedule a consultation.