Do not underestimate the amount of storage that you will need once you move into your new home. This can often be hard to visualise when choosing your floor plan. Below are 4 storage shortcuts:
Just think of the clothes, sports gear, books, DVDs/CDs, tools and linen that you currently have. Try to mentally store those possessions in your floor plan. Do you have enough storage? If not have a chat with your builder for clever ways to add extra storage compartments to your floor plan.
Also don’t forget about kitchen storage for all your appliances and cooking utensils. Most new homes come standard with a walk-in pantry these days but its always handy to have extra storage in the kitchen.
An extra living area (‘man cave’) may seem like an excellent idea and may look great on the floor plan, but make sure you have a think about the practical utility of such spaces. For example, if you already have a media room and living room, a ‘man cave’ may not add much utility to your home. Consider maybe using this space to increase storage, add an extra bedroom or simply extend your surrounding spaces.
Don’t just assume that the dimensions and shape of rooms on the floor plan are perfect. Walk through display homes and try and visualise the space with your furniture and family.
Also make sure you are happy with the orientation of your floor plan. If not, builders can usually flip floor plans very easily. For example, you may want your garage to be on the right hand side of your block not the left hand side.
If possible choose furniture with built in storage compartments to add some extra storage space to your new home, for example, a trunk coffee table or a bed with a built-in draws underneath. Also if you are building a double storey take advantage of the space underneath your stairs. Just add some simple shelving and instantly you have a second storage cupboard.