One of the best things about having a home custom-built is that you get to decide on the layout. However, actually deciding on a layout can be more difficult than you would think when you basically have unlimited options. Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your options and settle on the layout that's best for you.
Think about the rooms you use together.
Do you like to do your laundry while you're also preparing a meal? Maybe you like to supervise your kids in the playroom while you are in your own bedroom. Think about what rooms you tend to use concurrently, and aim to keep those rooms together. For instance, if you use your laundry room and kitchen together, then putting a small laundry room off the kitchen makes more sense than to stick it down in the basement. If you like to supervise your kids from your master bedroom, perhaps putting the playroom across the hall from the master bedroom is a good choice.
Try to keep the plumbing together.
When designing your home layout, try to pair rooms with plumbing together. For example, placing the bathroom with its back wall facing the kitchen is a good choice. Placing the upstairs bathroom over the downstairs bathroom or kitchen works well, too. Plumbing is expensive to run, and pairing rooms together like this will save you a bundle. It will also decrease your risk of leaks as the plumbing ages.
Keep light needs in mind.
Most people want the most natural light to stream in through their living room. They also want light in the dining room and master bedroom. It's not so important in the kitchen, bathrooms, or secondary bedrooms. Keep this in mind and try to locate the rooms where you want the most light to the east and west of the home where they'll get more direct sunshine in the windows.
Consider how noise travels.
Which rooms in your home are going to be the loudest? Probably the play room (if you have kids), the kitchen, and the living room. You want to avoid placing these rooms near the rooms where people will want quiet — such as the office and bedrooms. Put quiet rooms on the opposite side of the room from noisy ones.
Work with your home builder to settle on the best layout for your home. They'll help you consider the principles above and apply them to your custom home ideas.