Have you started looking for your dream home plan yet? Have you found yourself overwhelmed with the options and so many details? Let’s talk about 4 big things to avoid when selecting a house plan and let’s cut through the overwhelm!
As we mentioned in 5 Features to Consider In Your House Plan, our family has lived in many different houses due to our military lifestyle. As much as I loved one or two things about a home, something else would make me nuts.
As a trained military family, we simply adapted and improvised until the next move. It truly was a blessing to live in so many different homes as we gained much knowledge about our “dwelling” likes and dislikes.
So here is my list of things to AVOID in a house plan or forever home, just in case you need a place to start:
1 – Small bathroom vanities and no counter space.
Do nostalgic pedestal sinks call to your love of all things old?
Well if you spend any time in the bathroom shaving, drying your hair, applying makeup, or even brushing your teeth, that small slanted porcelain is not going to work.
Save the pedestal sink for the guest powder room where all you need is a place to wash your hands.
2 – Small, inadequate closets and non-existent storage.
Do not get me started on small closets.
As most women go, I have an exceptionally small clothing inventory. However, some of the tiny closets my husband and I shared really brought out the creativity in us.
We would steal spaces around the house for formal wear and uniforms we needed for special occasions and stash shoes under the bed or even use the attic as additional hanging space.
We sorted out clothes we only wore once or twice per year, but still had no space.
Therefore, any house plan that did not include walk-in closets for the Master was immediately eliminated.
Also consider plans which include ample storage space for bedding, vacuums, cleaning supplies, hobby items, kitchen appliances, work or office items, family games, winter gear, pet food and supplies and all the other “stuff” that we need or love but don’t want to see.
3 – Laundry located where it shouldn’t be.
Why on earth would anyone put laundry IN the kitchen? Yep, we lived in THAT house!
I am not fond of cooking… I’ll clean up the mess after YOU cook, but I loathe cooking.
So, imagine my disgust for taking the two things I dislike most and putting them together… laundry and cooking.
No laundry area should be combined with kitchen chores.
Consider locating laundry near bedrooms where dirty clothes seem to multiply. Some popular plans even locate the laundry upstairs among the bedrooms, which is brilliant in my opinion!
4 – No mud room or area to contain the chaos.
This is my #1 AVOID.
If a house plan did not have a designated area to contain coats, shoes, etc., it was immediately eliminated.
My wonderful husband is an outdoor enthusiast to say the least. He and our two dogs track in so much dirt, grass, and other natural items I could begin selling it as landscaping fill.
This is especially true now that we no longer have paved driveways and sidewalks here in our rural location. It’s interesting to watch home makeover shows and how many homeowners request an area for coats, shoes, and backpacks.
Designating an area to contain and organize the chaos that gets dumped at the door is just plain smart.
Certainly, being organized on the way out the door improves my mood and gets my day started off right.
Other items which you might also need to contain are keys, mobile devices and charging stations, purses, dog leashes, and umbrellas.
Hopefully, this list has got you thinking about your own likes and dislikes.
Our homes are not a one size fits all.
What works for my family will do little to satisfy your own style and needs.
However, by taking the time to think about your own list of pros and cons, you can narrow the search for YOUR perfect home. Good luck!