Learn to read floor plans like a pro

Easy Living Guide

One of the first steps first home buyers in WA and keystart qualifiers will take when getting ready to build their first home is browsing through display homes of their ideal house and land packages.

We bet that by now you’d have seen about 10 or more homes, and if you’re still feeling a bit overwhelmed, that’s okay! We’re here to help.

It’s important first home buyers know how to spot a good floor plan as the design of a home impacts the enjoyment you’ll get out of it by influencing the flow between living zones – after all, you want to get from the home theatre to the fridge fairly quickly, right? There’s no point in missing out on the best part of your favourite movie if you can’t get to your snacks on time!

Here are some handy tips so you can read floor plans and house designs just like the professionals.

Never assume that what you see is what you get. Often when walking through display homes once you’ve secured your WA First Home Owners Grant, first home buyers in Perth will see all the furnishings laid out to give more context and an idea of how the house could look. But it’s not often you think about the size of the furniture – it looks fantastic, right? But is it a 2-seater sofa in the lounge, or a 3-seater? What about the dining table, does it seat 4 or 8? Are the bedrooms filled with single beds or queen and king sized?

Taking note of the furniture will indicate how big the rooms are. Don’t be a first home buyer caught out with the wrong sized home, left to buy all new furniture because what you have doesn’t fit.

  • Orientation of house and rooms

You may not have control over which direction your new house faces, but you can control your floor plan. Orientation rarely makes it on to the checklist of Perth’s first home buyers, but it doesn’t have to be a topic that’s left in the dark when designing your floor plan once you’ve celebrated getting your WA First Home Owners Grant.

Consider having your backyard face west because most of your outdoor entertaining will happen in the afternoon sun – think tapas luncheons and summer barbeques. If it doesn’t, see if you can fit in a side alfresco or patio to capture the warmth of the sun.

If you plan to work from home, ensure the office space gets ideal light and is in a quiet location. What about when it’s time to have a family? Will it be okay for the washing machine or the flush of the toilet to be heard while the baby is sleeping next door to the laundry or bathroom?

  • Size matters

Look at the total living space size when comparing floor plans. If Floor Plan 1 has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and the standard other rooms, while Floor Plan 2 has an extra theatre, office and formal living space don’t be quick to take those ‘extras’. If both floor plans have the same total living space, the Floor Plan 2 has simply squeezed more rooms into the same sized house by making the rooms smaller. Ask yourself what’s more important in your first home – quality or quantity?

  • Pick a plan to suit your lifestyle and budget

Don’t for one second think that first home buyers can’t pick the right floor plan within their lifestyle and budget! Easystart Homes offers over 30 amazing new home designs that have something for everyone. We are also the specialists in Perth house and land packages and can tailor our beautiful designs to cater to all your needs!

Contact us today on 6555 7549 to get started on your first home today. We can even help you with your First Home Owners Grant if you haven’t yet applied for it! It’s just another way we work harder for first home buyers!

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