Your Lifestyle will determine the best Floor Plans for YOU!
Popular Floor Plans in new homes right now include three major types:
Traditional two story home with all bedrooms upstairs like this beautiful home by Lennar in York County, Pennsylvania.
This style may be the home that many of us grew up in. The bedrooms are all together on the second floor. This works well for families with small children where parents want to make certain they can hear things during the night and get to the children's rooms quickly. Living and entertaining occurs on the first floor, and the upstairs is private and primarily for sleeping. Depending on the area of the country this is built in it may have extra bonus rooms in the Basement.
Click to see details on a Lennar Traditional 2 Story Home
Split Bedrooms - where the Master Bedroom Suite is on the other side of the house from the secondary bedrooms providing more privacy and reducing the noise from games, televisions or other occupants activities. This floor plan may work best for families with older children, or people without children that want a private guest suite. Here is an example of a floor plan built by Granville Homes in California.
Click here to go to Granville Homes Web Site
Great Room Homes - this home has one central large living area that serves as both a Living Room and Family Room. It is also often connected directly to the Kitchen and Kitchen eating area, giving the home a very open feel. All of the primary living spaces flow together and can be utilized in a more flexible way. The example here is the Egret from ICI Homes in Florida. This home also is a Split Floor plan. The home has a Formal Dining Room, but no Formal Living Room. One option if you do have Formal Living Room furniture would be to use the Study to the right of the Front Entry way as the Formal Living room and then use one of the Bedrooms as a Study or office.
Link to ICI Homes
Other variations on these three are found throughout the country with a variety of homebuilders.
Certain styles and floorplans tend to be more popular in some areas of the country than others. If the area you are moving to has a different preferred style you may have to spend a longer time looking for the home you want or research the smaller, custom builders in the area.
Styles have evolved considerably over hundreds of years from the one room cabins to castles with hundreds of rooms and galleries.
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