When it comes to deciding on a home plan, especially for what could potentially be your "Forever Home," it's important to ask yourself general questions, like the ones noted below. Beyond cosmetics, the "meat" of your home, and where you will find the most value will be in matching your home plan to your lifestyle.
1. Is your home kid-friendly? Regardless of if you're a first time home buyer with NO plans for immediate children, or an empty nester, if there is ever potential for children to be in your home, depending on how often or to what degree, you may want your home to be "kid friendly." What does that mean exactly? Well, you may consider an extra room, or you might re-consider a location of stairs, or even entrances and exits to a home. Also, if you're a young adult and building a home, you want to think about the future. Do you want kids? If so, how many do you want? Where will they sleep? Do you plan on being in your home forever? Do you anticipate or want to move? If so, when? . . . it's question after question, that can ultimately lead to more questions. . .
Stay with me here, don't get overwhelmed!. . .
2. Aging in place, and what it means for your home. "Aging in Place" is a simple term used to describe the ability for seniors to continue their normal lives and normal daily routine in a safer and more comfortable way. Examples of this are countertops being shorter, safety bars where needed, and making the house easy to move around in, whether someone is walking, using a walker, or in a wheel chair. If you intend to "age in place," you want to think about the layout of your home NOW. Think about your capability of climbing stairs in the future. Do you want your home spread across one floor? Have you considered having the master bedroom on the first floor? And what about the laundry room? Will that be easily accessible from the main level of the home?
O'Jennings Home Builders knows that a home is a major investment, and when you decide to build a home, especially a custom home, your options are endless and it's absolute prime time to think about the "now" as well as the "future, no matter what phase of life you're in.