Floor Plans: Designed for Your Lifestyle

Tuesday January 8, 2013

As you plan your new home, one of the most important decisions is selecting the floor plan. The arrangement of rooms, the flow from one room to another and the use of space help determine the feel of your new home. Lamar Smith Signature Homes has long recognized the vital role that floor plans play in determining your opinion of a home. That’s why we create furnished model homes that home buyers can walk through, to better experience a new home before purchase. However, you may be considering a version of one of our floor plans that’s not available for tour as a model home. If so, there are several simple tips that will have you reading a two-dimensional floor plan like a pro.

Sight Lines
As you shop for a new home, you may find two homes that have similar square footage — but one plan seems significantly larger than the other. How can that be? It’s not just the size of the home, it’s the way the square footage is divided into rooms, and the way those rooms and spaces flow. A key driver of all of this can often be sight lines. In architectural parlance, sight lines are what you see from any given point in the home, whether you’re standing in a doorway or sitting in a room. When sight lines are blocked by a wall or a closed door, a home can feel smaller. The reverse is also true: Open things up a bit, show a hint of what lies beyond a given room, and a home will often look and live larger.

The Athens Floor Plan features a private Master Bedroom and an open Living/Kitchen Area

The Elimination of the Hallway
While sight lines are important, the feel of a home isn’t based solely by what you can see from a given location in a home. In many ways, the true measure of a floor plan is the feeling you get as you move through the home. Many builders these days have reduced or even eliminated hallways. It’s becoming rare to use a hallway to move from one space to another — they can be a waste of space.

Balance Privacy and Togetherness
The relative placement of rooms can play a major role in how a home lives. Do you really want your children’s bedrooms directly above (or adjacent to) the master bedroom? We all love our children, but even the closest of families need their privacy.

Not all room adjacency issues deal with privacy. Sometimes it’s about togetherness. For example, kitchens should not isolate the person preparing the meal. Eat-in kitchens are great places to bring families and friends together. By combining food preparation and dining, you can create wonderful opportunities for conversation and closeness.

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