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 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 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 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:
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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