Make your House Plans Fit Your Future
How do you make your house fit today’s needs and tomorrow’s too? By keeping flexibility in your house plans. Do you want a master on the main floor, but don’t want to be far away from the baby? Build a second room on the main floor that can be used as a nursery in the beginning and then as a den when the child is older and moves to one of the upstairs bedrooms.
Is your young family going to enlarge? Make sure that you have enough den’s, quest bedrooms, or even an unfinished lower level that can later be finished into extra bedrooms, playroom, theater…
Will your family be adding more cars in the near future? Then plan on an area of your garage that can hold first bikes and skateboards, then a car later on. Garage square footage is actually very inexpensive.
If your budget doesn’t span as large of a house as you would like, then plan ahead for the eventual remodel. You can site your home to accommodate a bigger footprint later. Make sure that you run conduit through exterior walls for future electrical and plumbing needs.
Have you thought about making the house elder friendly? Wide hallways (able to easily handle a wheelchair) and doorways, flat floor surfaces…these are easy things to include now, and nearly impossible to add later.
Run your wiring now to the areas that you are going to finish later, like the unfinished lower level, or the unfinished attic. It will cost much less to do these areas all at once rather than paying for new wiring.
Keep in mind that your needs will change and spend a little time planning ahead so that you can stay in your custom built home rather than having to spend the money to move to a different home in a few years.
Talk to your builder and get as many ideas up front to include into your house plans. Likely your builder has built for many different stages of life and will have some of his own ideas to consider. Give us a call at 608-575-6507 and set up your free consultation today. We are located in Waunakee and will come to your home!