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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLOOR PLANS

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  One of the most exciting times in your life will be choosing a home. Or better yet! The experience of building your first home! Choosing a home can be difficult. You have so many questions to ask yourself.  “What city do I want to “live in?” Or “what neighborhood do I want to raise my family in?” Even more importantly is “what best suits my needs and lifestyle?”. You will probably have to make a few compromises along the way. So sit down with a pen and paper and write down your wants and needs in order of importance. Choosing the right floor plan can be fun and exciting! From the different sizes and shapes, to where the rooms are located. From paint samples to finishes. It can all be very overwhelming at the same time.  Once you have come up with your list of the most important rooms to have in the house, you can now begin choosing floor plans. Before going ahead and buying an older home. Try something different. Go with a Maple Leaf Home. We will share with you some effective ways to choosing the right floor plan.   

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Sizing the Home

  When it comes to sizing your home. The size of your home should be the first consideration. Knowing your lifestyle and needs are a close second. Not everyone needs a 5000 square foot home to live in and not every family will feel comfortable living in a two bedroom house with 5 people living in it. Every family and individual are different. Choosing a floor plan first should start with how large a home will fit your lifestyle. Think about how many bedrooms you will need for your children and how many bathrooms are enough for you and your guests.  

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Single family home? OR multi unit home?

  Depending on where you live could dictate what type of floor plan will best suit you. Such as living downtown Ottawa. Where the lot sizes are much smaller and narrower. Multi-level floor plans may be your only option. This means your entire floors are split to separate levels and don’t consume the entire footprint of your home. Perhaps you live in the Country and a single-family home is all you really need. Maybe a home that feels like you're at the cottage. This is what you need to decide, which of these types are found in your city, such as single-family homes give the ability to have outdoor space for a yard and backyard and provide more space to spread out in.

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Choosing a Floor Plan

  When choosing a floor plan you, will come across many options that you will like. What you have to keep in mind is there isn’t a perfect floor plan. There will always be bits and pieces you like more from different floor plans. There's pros and cons and you will need to decide what are your priorities and what can you learn to live with or without. There's numerous things to think about, such as, having a large living room window with a beautiful view. Letting in gorgeous natural light into your home. Although this sounds great. This may also impact your energy cooling and heating bills. Or having a open concept floor plan. This could make it hard to concentrate in your adjacent home office as your kids are watching TV in the living room. Weigh the pros and cons when looking for the right floor plan. What can you live with and what can you live without. Only you can answer this.

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Asking a Professional for Guidance

  Now you may think to yourself "Why should I seek a professionals opinion when I already know what I want?" While you may know what you want in your future home, seeking a professionals opinion can actually benefit you. A design professional or realtor could help you consider factors that aren’t tangible to the eye and touch. Factors such as energy savings/costs, possible affordability of mortgage payments, location to local resources like schools, churches and stores, and maintenance experience are all factors that a professional can give their guidance on. Although you can do the research on your own. Asking a professional for their opinions and tips will save you all of the headaches doing the research on your own. They may already have the answers for you.

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Using existing or buying new furniture

  Choosing furniture can be a challenge on its own. Better yet choosing furniture for a specific room can be even harder. While you may only be thinking about the rooms and layout of your floor plan, choosing furniture is a major investment and emotional challenge if you aren’t careful. This is why we encourage you to seek a professionals opinion, such as an interior decorator when it comes time to choosing the right furniture. These trained professionals will guide you in the right direction. If you decide to use your current furniture in your next home, ensure you measure it and take this into account when reviewing floor plans. If you will buy new furniture you will still need to have an idea when shopping on what pieces will fit into what rooms. Be careful of over-sized furniture that will make your rooms feel smaller than they are.

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Know your budget!

  When shopping for a floor plan let’s face it; there is always the fantasy side of us that wants to go bigger and better than our wildest dreams. Everything comes with a price tag. Before setting your mind on one type of home design – know what the costs are associated with the layout. Ask a contractor or builder to help you determine costs as you narrow down to the floor plan that fits within your budget.

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Making modifications to your floor plan

  While shopping for an "ideal" floor plan may be hard. Making modifications to an existing design is also an option. While it would be nice to have the right home design, remodeling and modifying a floor plan can be an option. Removing a spare closet to make more room in one of your rooms or taking down a wall to let in natural light could make your floor plan even better. Keep this in mind when looking for a floor plan that is right for you.