What are the most popular new home floorplan features? - Part IIWritten by Mark Mathis
#3: Split-Floorplan Layout – There are two basic types of floorplan layouts, which are primarily differentiated through their inherent treatment of master bedrooms suite vs. other bedrooms vs. public space (i.e. great room, den, kitchen, etc.).
The first type of floorplan layout is a traditional layout whereby master bedroom/suite is usually located on same side of house as other bedrooms. The logical grouping of home’s bedroom spaces, within a relatively- contiguous location in floorplan, lends itself to several different design styles of homes, and may be an alternative for particular groups of home-owners, including families with infants / small children and/or retired couples with little need for multiple bedrooms, who utilize extra space as a small home office which is conveniently located.
Both primary advantage and disadvantage of this type of layout relate to location of master bedroom vs. other bedrooms. For example, if you prefer more privacy in master suite OR you have teenage/college children in house OR “name your specific condition here…”, traditional floorplan layout would probably not be best choice for you.
Alternatively, split-floorplan layout addresses shortcomings of traditional layout by physically separating master suite from other bedrooms, and many times, from more highly-trafficked public areas such as kitchen, great room, and eating area. It is this feature that has made split- floorplan layout increasingly popular with today’s home buyers.
What are the most popular new home floorplan features? - Part IWritten by Mark Mathis
One of most popular questions that people ask when searching for that “perfect” house plan is “What are (currently) most requested floorplan / home features that people are looking for”?
This particular question is one that is quite difficult to answer, in absolute terms, since each person/family can be in a completely different stage of life (senior vs. younger, families vs. individuals, etc), can have different livability needs, and can have incredibly diverse tastes in home style, building materials, etc.
As such, I’ll try to provide you with several general trends, as they are, for today’s current crop of stock house plan.
#1: Livability – The first key feature is that of Livability. Today’s home buyer/builder wants a homeplan that fits way that they conduct their daily lives. For many younger families, that can mean a re-purposing of a formal dining room into a children’s play area or much-needed home office.
Another livability enhancement might be that of incorporating an open floorplan layout that better facilitates interaction and close relative proximity of family unit. Large amounts of storage space and large walk-in closets are also a feature that most home buyers are looking for in their next house.
#2: Floorplan Flexibility – Many of more progressive stock plan design firms have realized inherent need of floor plan flexibility, and have met those needs by including a number of multi-use type spaces in their floorplans, including flex-spaces and bonus rooms.