By Lana Bingham
Homeowners are not typically stumped by what style of home they desire. However, when it comes to floor plan design and all the amazing custom home features that can be included, sometimes a Tampa custom builder needs to do a little investigating. When building a custom home, it’s important to take a good look into the personality traits of each homeowner to determine what best fits their unique lifestyle. Here are a few questions to help you determine your new home personality.
What size family are you building for? A large, growing family will need a much different home design than a couple without any children or pets. In addition to extra bedrooms, a family-oriented design often reflects a functional layout with an open floor plan which includes a comfortable family room and large eat-in kitchen. A pocket office or home command center helps to keep the entire family organized and on top of projects and activities. Other trends include upstairs laundry rooms located near the master bedroom, Jack and Jill baths, or built-in dog bed and food stations.
How often do you entertain guests? Regardless of what home style you prefer, chances are you will be hosting dinner parties, accommodating family for holiday gatherings and planning sleepovers and birthday celebrations. A functional kitchen, located in close proximity to formal and informal living and dining area s is most helpful for entertaining family and friends. For those hyped-up hostess types, home builders in Tampa recommend a double-island in your kitchen or a built-in buffet station in your dining area. Entertaining al fresco also always pleases your guests, so consider an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and living area.
How do you maintain organization? Nowadays, organizing options are endless, and with custom built-ins they have never looked better. Surrounding your fireplace or television with built-in bookcases and shelving boosts storage and display potential in your home. Hidden storage space can also be found around the bathtub or underneath your kitchen island. Another great custom option is a well-planned walk-in pantry.
How high tech savvy are you? While some repel technology, many of us have jumped on the digital bandwagon. Home automation now allows us to control our home’s temperature, security and lighting directly from our mobile phones and iPads. If you are in need of space to re-fuel all your robotic accessories, you may want to consider a docking station in your new home. Pre-wiring is another added benefit of building a Tampa custom home.
What do you foresee in the future? Whether you are planning to have more children or are considering caring for aging parents down the road, you’re going to need a lot of flex space to easily accommodate a changing lifestyle. Utilizing bonus rooms and in-law suits allows you to be prepared for whatever the future holds.
Much like the clothes we wear, the cars we drive and the activities we participate in, our home is an extension of our personality. Building a custom home is so much more than just selecting your neighborhood, size and style preference. It allows you to design a home that truly reflects you and your family’s lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about all the options and benefits of building a custom home, contact us.
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