Tips to pick the best house layout for your family
For some families having a big open backyard is a crucial factor when deciding what house to buy. For others, having a big garage is necessary, especially when they have older kids. When kids are closer in age, sharing a room might be a good idea. However, for kids with an age gap between them, separate rooms are a better option. These are only some of the things you must consider when deciding on what type of family home to buy.
When deciding on the type of house that is best suited for your and your family’s needs, consider both your budget and your lifestyle. Do you need a single-family home? If you have a smaller family, then maybe a condo could also work. Whatever your situation is, here are some tips to think about when picking the best house layout for your family:
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Consider how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need
Think about how many members your family has today and how many you’ll be in the future. Will your family grow in the next few years? This is a question you must ask yourself from the start. A good rule of thumb is that you should have enough bedrooms for every member of your family plus an extra bedroom.
Don’t overlook the bathroom situation! Not having enough bathrooms can be a real problem for growing families. The average ratio for most homeowners is that there should be at least two bathrooms for every three bedrooms. Also, if you are big on entertaining, consider having a layout that has a bathroom near the living room or kitchen area. This way you can have a bathroom readily available for guests.
Find a house with an open floor plan
Nowadays, many contemporary homes have open floor plans (one or more large, open rooms that have the ability to act as multiple rooms within a single living space) because they provide flexibility and can evolve as the homeowner’s lifestyle changes. Open and flexible floor plans are ideal for families since they allow you to watch over young children easily. With an open floor plan, someone can be in the kitchen, but closely watch what is going on in the living room area. These kinds of floor plans can more readily adapt to your lifestyle changes, while more zoned off plans can be more of a hassle to deal with in the long run even if they are perfect at the moment.
Consider storage space
Having good storage space is often overlooked, but it can make all the difference. No matter how big or small your family is, everyone has personal belongings that must be kept away to minimize clutter. This is especially true when it comes to young children. Experts often say that the total storage space in our homes should equal about 10% of the total square footage.
Always check how big closets are in each room, if there is enough storage space in the kitchen, in the garage and so on. When it comes to the kitchen, make sure there is enough space for all your appliances, cookware and more. Make sure the garage has enough room to store your cars, bicycles and other big and bulky objects that must be kept away. The last thing you want is to outgrow these spaces too quickly, so be realistic on the amount of stuff you have plus the usual rate of accumulation over the next few years.
Consider outdoor space
Does your family love spending time outside? If you have a family that loves cookouts, playing football or any other activities, having a fenced outdoor space is the best option. If you love entertaining, an outdoor kitchen can also be a great amenity to have. A great backyard is the best space to be able to wind down after a hectic day and for kids to be able to run around and entertain themselves.
Remember that outdoor spaces add, well, space to your home, which you can use in several ways, like building an outdoor patio or living room. They have other practical advantages too: they increase home value, have wellness and health benefits and are great for having guests!
The best home layout for your family is one that fits your lifestyle. Always keep in mind what you consider important for your family dynamics and then focus on finding layouts that work. At Paradisa we create luxury homes with attention to detail in order to meet all of our clients needs. Check out some of our homes here and find out more about who we are here.