How To Choose a Floor Plan that Makes Sense - and will sell later too!

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Home Builder with Stanton Homes - New Home Builder

Looking to build your first home? We've put together a list of common features - and recommended floor plans - for first time home buyers in North Carolina.   2014 house designs for first time home buyers tend to have a few common features:

First Time Home Buyer Trend #1: No formal dining room or formal living room

 

Home buyers are often hot or cold about formal dining rooms - it is either a "must have" room or a easy space conversion.

 

First time buyers, however, say they would rather build a larger kitchen or great room than have two dining areas (a formal dining room and breakfast room).

In this home, a version of The Peay, the breakfast room serves as the only dining area. This breakfast room serves as a casual dining space with formal design features - a trey ceiling and wainscoting walls.

 

First Time Home Buyer Trends | House Designs for First Time Homebuyers

 

First Time Home Buyer Trend #2: Flex rooms 

 

First time home buyers also want to build in flexible spaces. A common flex room style is one that can convert from a bedroom into a home office (with closet for storage). 

 

In this floor plan - The Beaufort by Frank Betz - the "Guest Bedroom" can also serve as an office or nursery room.

 

First Time Home Buyer Trends | House Designs for First Time Homebuyers

 

 

 

First Time Home Buyer Trend #3: Outdoor living spaces

 

Outdoor living spaces, even small ones, are on the minds of 2014 new home buyers. A small investment in the backyard space can go a long way in personal use and entertainment value.

 

First Time Home Buyer Trends | House Designs for First Time Homebuyers

 

First Time Home Buyer Trend #4: Square footage

 

How large should my first home be?

 

You will want to consider a balance between builing a home with room for growth with the current cost of additional square footage or features.

 

Every home buyer - and family - is different. As a very general rule of thumb, you may want to look at floor plans from 2,000 to 2,500 sq ft with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Here are a few popular floor plans in this range:

First Time Home Buyer Trends | House Designs for First Time Homebuyers

 

The Beaufort: 2,300 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 

The Azalea Park: 2,100 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

 

The Bostwick: 2,400 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 

The Brogan: 2,600 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

 

The Kessler: 2,200 sq ft with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths

 

 

 

At Stanton Homes, our design team works with your to meet your budget and lifestyle preferences - keeping long-term family growth and change in mind. Call 919-278-8070 to learn more, or contact us here.

 

 

 

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.  

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