Pet-Friendly Home Features: Home Builders Now Including Pet-Washing Stations and Other Pet-Friendly Options

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America loves its pets. There can be little doubt. To many, our furry, feathered, and scaled friends are true members of the family. So, it only stands to reason that, as a family member, they should be treated as such. For this very reason, today’s home builders include, in many floor plans, pet-washing stations, and other pet-friendly features.

These new home designs take into consideration the nearly 70% of all American households that have, at the very least, one pet living in them. They make the maintaining of such a home easier, a safer environment for the pets, and a more comfortable setting for them as well.


5 Pet-Friendly Home Features


Pet-Washing Station

Frequently, this convenient feature for both owner and pet is situated by an exterior entrance, in a mud room, laundry room, garage, etc. These stations are designed for the washing and grooming of your pet. While larger animals may require the convenience of a washing stall, smaller pets are usually accommodated by a sink. Included within this room should be areas designed for storage of leashes, clean collars or harnesses, towels, and other supplies.


Pet Door

Though an easy and convenient way for your pet to come and go, remember that other creatures can come and go through pet doors as well. The food in your house and the shelter that your home provides can be very attractive to raccoons, rats, and more.


Backyard Pet Run

Both you and your pet can benefit from an outdoor pet run. You may want to make this area accessible via a doorway leading to and from the room that houses the pet-washing station. This can save the floors throughout the rest of the house. With a backyard pet run, you can let your furry friend outside, safe in the knowledge that they will be relatively free from harm and confined to your property. At the same time, however, they will be able to get ample exercise without your having to take time out of your hectic day to walk along busy sidewalks filled with distractions and dangers.

Designated Pet Areas (Feeding and Living)

•    Feeding – A specific area for eating means a routine that your pet can depend on and (rather than an entire kitchen) a precise area to be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Customize it with add-ons to better suit the size and type of pet in your home.

•    Living – This can be as minimal as a corner section that is specifically assigned to your pet, or as involved as a room of their very own. Areas can be cordoned off with interior gates or Dutch doors if need be, or simply decorated and maintained differently than the rest of the room.

Regardless of their purpose, these pet areas will benefit from the use of washable paints and durable but easily maintained flooring.


Built-In Pet Food Cabinet

Speaking of a designated feeding area for your pet, consider a specific cabinet for their food, as well. This way, you will be able to store bags or containers out of sight and reduce the possibility of them getting knocked over or infiltrated by your always-hungry fur baby.


Today’s customized homes can take more than just human family members into consideration as far as design features are concerned. The house you build (or have built for you) should be as unique as your situation and your family. It should fit like a glove, and that includes your pet.

The Bristol by Joseph Douglas Homes Featured in 2018 MBA Parade of Homes

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New construction Sussex Wi: Joseph Douglas Homes is featuring their popular model, The Bristol, in the 2018 MBA (Metropolitan Builders Association) Parade of Homes. The 2018 MBA Parade begins Saturday, August 11 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. The hours are Monday through Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm and weekends, including Labor Day, from 11 am to 5 pm.

The public is invited to tour this new construction Sussex wi Parade Model by one of Southeastern Wisconsin’s premium custom home builders.

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Be sure to tour Joseph Douglas Homes’ very popular split bedroom ranch, The Bristol. With many unique custom features, this 3,809 square foot French country home greets you with a lovely open porch and an impressive roof line. As you step inside, the foyer leads to a stunning great room with an expansive kitchen with a large island, plenty of storage and counter space, and a dining area ideal for entertaining. Connected to the kitchen is a convenient work-in pantry which has additional storage, a second food prep area, built-in desk, and handy access to outdoor grilling.


new home in sussex by Joseph Douglas HomesAt the back of The Bristol is a beautiful screen porch, deck, and patio. French doors lead to a bonus room which can be used as a formal dining room, home office, or guest room. The master suite is separated from the other bedrooms by the center living areas. The roomy suite boasts plenty of space for a king-sized bed, sitting area, and two walk-in closets. A private bath shines with dual vanity, separate water closet, and a shower large enough for two.


On the other end of the first floor is yet another bedroom suite with private bath. Nearby is the spacious laundry room with counter space for folding clothes, a convenient mudroom, and a powder room for guests. The finished lower level is the perfect place for parties or as a teenage hangout. It includes a bar, billiards room, and open theatre. An exercise room and third bedroom suite with adjoining full bath complete this level.


“Even with all of the great features of The Bristol, you’ll still be stunned by the beautiful finishes and amenities,” said Deron Butler, founder, and principal architect. He added, We would love the opportunity to show you this custom home or to create a home to meet your specifications.”


With a Better Business Bureau rating of A+, Joseph Douglas Homes was founded in 1998. It has been voted as one of the finest custom home builders in Southeastern Wisconsin. Joseph Douglas Homes will simplify the often-complicated process of home building by providing complete base pricing, custom floor plans, and one-stop shopping for selections and finishes.

The MBA began The Parade of Homes in the 1940s, and potential buyers can tour newly constructed homes in premier subdivisions in Brookfield, Sussex, and Summit. Gather landscape ideas, experience interior design trends, discover sustainable building techniques and see new technology at its finest. Talk with several builders and turn your dream home into reality. Tickets to the Parade of Homes are $12 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. They can be purchased online at

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WCBA Tour of Homes Features Joseph Douglas Homes Wakefield Model

WCBA Tour of Homes: Features Wakefield Model

Joseph Douglas Homes Featured at WCBA Tour of Homes

Menomonee Falls, WI    June 18, 2018 – Joseph Douglas Homes will be one of several featured home builders in the 2018 Washington County Builders Association (WCBA) Tour of Homes. The Tour will be held for two weekends in July – the 14th and 15th and the 21st and 22nd from 1 pm to 5 pm, as well as July 18th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Stop in and visit Joseph Douglas Homes’ newest design, The Wakefield. This model home is a modest, but beautiful, 1,955 square feet in total, with 1390sq.ft on the first floor with 565sq. ft. upstairs. Although this home can be designed for and built on a smaller lot, it still has all of the amenities you want and expect from Joseph Douglas Homes.

The covered porch entry opens into a two-story foyer and lovely staircase. The main floor hosts a great room and comfortable dining area and kitchen. Large windows on either side of the fireplace and along the back wall allows natural sunlight to stream in. Behind the kitchen is a cozy master suite featuring a spacious walk-in closet and large bathroom with a two-person shower and double vanity.  A laundry room, mud room, and a half bath complete the first floor.

On the second floor, there are two additional bedrooms with walk-in closets, a full bath, an enormous storage closet, and a bonus room over the garage. 


“With all of the great features of The Wakefield, one of the best is that the lower level opens to property which Menomonee Falls has slated for a future park.”, said Deron Butler, founder and principal architect. He added, “We can finish the basement for you, or it’s a perfect project for the do-it-yourselfer.”

Founded in 1998, Joseph Douglas Homes maintains an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has been voted as one of the best home builders in Southeastern Wisconsin. They set the standard for simplifying the sometimes-complicated process of home building by providing custom floor plans, one-stop shopping for selections and finishes, and complete base pricing.

This is the Washington County Builders Association’s forty-eighth year of hosting The Tour of Homes. Potential buyers can tour a number of newly constructed homes throughout Washington County. Learn about the latest decorating trends, discover landscape design ideas, building techniques, and more. Talk to several builders and turn your dream into your new home with quality craftsmanship, beautiful designs, and great pricing.  Admission to the Tour is free.


Bristol 2018 Parade Model

The Bristol – 2018 Parade of Homes Model


Project Description – Back by popular demand is Joseph Douglas Homes’ most popular split bedroom ranch plan, the Bristol, shown with awe-inspiring custom features. As you approach the home, a French Country facade with a soaring roofline and relaxing porch greet you. Just inside, the foyer opens to a great room, kitchen and dinette making it perfect for entertaining. The expansive kitchen has plentiful storage and countertop space not to mention appliances for the most discerning of home chefs. At the heart of this kitchen is the island suitable for both guest seating and food preparation. Unique to this home, a massive “work-in pantry” houses a desk area, a secondary food prep area, pantry storage and has convenient access to the outdoor grill.

You may have difficulty keeping your guests indoors once they see the elevated screen porch, patio and deck areas. Nearby, double French doors lead to a room flexible enough to be an office, dining room or guest bedroom. On one end of the home the private master suite features two walk-in closets and a private bath with a shower for two, a dual vanity, and private water closet.

On the other end of the home, a secondary bedroom suite can be found complete with its own private bath. In close proximity, a convenient mudroom with lockers, a powder room, and nicely sized laundry room featuring abundant counter space as well as a pet shower complete this side of the home.

The finished lower level features a bar area, open theater, a billiards room, an exercise room and a third bedroom suite. Thank you for visiting our Bristol model home. We would love the opportunity to tailor this or any of our portfolio homes or to design and build a full custom home to your exact specifications.

Sale Price: $874,900

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W239N7533 High Ridge Dr.
Sussex, WI

Model Hours:
Open Saturdays and Sundays 1 to 4 PM or by appointment.  Closed holiday weekends.


From the west or south – Take I-94 to WI 164/Pewaukee Rd. (Exit 294) and turn north.  Drive 5.2 miles to Silver Spring (Main St.) and turn right (east).  Drive 1 mile to Maple Rd. and turn left (north).  Drive 1.5 miles to subdivision entrance (just north of Good Hope Rd.) and follow signs to model.

From the east or north – Take Silver Spring Dr. into Sussex. to Main St. and left.  Drive ½ mile to Maple Rd. and turn right (north).  Drive 1.5 miles to   subdivision entrance (just north of Good Hope Rd.) and follow signs to model.

Bristol Model - 2016 Parade of Homes Model

Style/Type of Home:
Split Bedroom Ranch
Square Footage: 3,809
Bedrooms: 4
Garage: 3-car
Total Rooms: 17
Bathrooms: 3.5
Finished Basement: Yes

  • Work-in pantry with attached chef’s kitchen and screen porch with stunning views of conservancy
  • Open concept great room/kitchen/dining with 10 ft. ceilings and abundant natural light
  • Luxury master suite with separate walk-in-closets and two person shower
  • Finished lower level with full walk-out, exercise room, bar, open theater, and guest bedroom


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Menomonee Falls Living | Building a Home | Joseph Douglas Homes

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Located just 20 minutes west of Milwaukee, the landscape of the village of Menomonee Falls is filled with rolling hills and charming countryside. It’s replete with its very own history, culture, and teeming with things to see and do.
Once thought of as a bedroom community to Milwaukee, throughout the past decade Menomonee Falls has grown significantly. The area now offers shops, antique malls, a variety of businesses, art galleries, excellent schools, sporting events, and unique places for residents and visitors to explore.

Menomonee Falls Living

This suburban village also has a very healthy economy. The top three businesses located there include the Kohl’s Department Store’s headquarters, employing more than 6,000 people; Community Memorial Hospital with over 1,300 on staff; and Harley Davidson’s facility with more than 1,000 employees.
Menomonee Falls offers plenty of opportunities to spend time on outdoor activities, too. Miles of trails can be used year-round with bikes, in-line skates, or cross-country skis. There are at least a dozen golf courses in the surrounding community with large greens and beautiful views – perfect for the newcomer or the seasoned athlete. There are also several lakes for boating, fishing,  and other fun water sports for the entire family.

Throughout the year, Menomonee Falls hosts many celebrations, parades, and festivals. There are Civil War reenactments at the Village Historic Park, concerts in the downtown square, and a farmer’s market every Wednesday from May to October at Lime Kiln Park.

If you’re a foodie, there is an abundance of locally owned restaurants, cafes, national chains, and taverns, all with menu selections that will work within your budget.

The Best Home Builder in Menomonee Falls

For those who are interested in moving to Menomonee Falls or thinking of building their dream home there, consider working with Joseph Douglas Homes. Joseph Douglas Homes has been voted one of the top home builders in southeastern Wisconsin with an A+ grade from the Better Business Bureau.

Whether remodeling an existing home, creating a custom-designed home, or building a portfolio home with personal touches, all of the employees at Joseph Douglas take pride in their work. Mr. Butler’s expertise in architecture and design has influenced all aspects of his home building and remodeling business. 

Because they take customer service seriously, their primary focus is always to put their clients first. In a recent national survey, Joseph Douglas Homes scored high points for customer satisfaction. And they were the first Wisconsin builder to win the NRS award. They bring a client’s vision to life with beautiful designs, quality craftsmanship, and excellent pricing.

Joseph Douglas Homes’ outstanding reputation and award-winning building philosophy will reassure customers that they can create their dream home with complete peace of mind.


Joseph Douglas Homes to Enrich the Minds of High School Students



Joseph Douglas Homes Participates in Building Trades Career Days: Students Will Tour the 2018 Parade of Homes Sites to Learn About Trade Careers

Menomonee Falls, WI,  April 23, 2018 –  Joseph Douglas Homes is honored to help educate various students from 13 area high schools who are interested in learning more about the building trades. On Friday, April 27 at Lake Country Village in Summit, WI and, Friday, May 4 at Hidden Hills in Sussex, students will learn about the industry and their career options by touring job sites and speaking to contractors and employees.

The Building Trades Career Days are hosted by the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA) and will take place at two of the three subdivisions in the upcoming 2018 Parade of Homes. Along with other builders, Joseph Douglas Homes hopes to give students and teachers an inside look at the new home construction process and pique their interest in career opportunities they may not have thought about before. Because there is a shortage of skilled labor in the trades, this tour may open doors for many of the students.

“It’s important that we help our kids know what their options are after they graduate,” said Deron Butler, Founder of Joseph Douglas Homes. “Too many teenagers think they have to go to an expensive 4-year college; but skilled trades, like carpentry and plumbing, can be extremely fulfilling and well paying. We’d like to encourage them to explore other possibilities.” 

Building Trades Career Day - Joseph Douglas helps educate students

Founded in 1998, Joseph Douglas Homes has been chosen as one of the best home builders in the Greater Milwaukee area with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. They can bring a client’s vision to life with beautiful design, quality craftsmanship, and excellent prices. A dream home will become a reality after an enjoyable home building experience.

“We are proud to be part of such a great community and getting involved is our way of giving back,” adds Mr. Butler.

From Saturday, August 11 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018, the 2018 MBA Parade of Homes makes its run. Held in three subdivisions – Hidden Hills in Sussex, Lily Crossing in Brookfield, and Lake Country Village in Summit, the Parade will feature 22 new homes from 20 of southeastern Wisconsin home builders.

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5 Signs You’re Ready to Build that New Home

5 Signs you're ready to build | Joseph Douglas Homes
Have you been thinking lately about achieving the American dream – meaning the construction of your very own home? Before you commit to that decision, you’ll need to figure out if the time is right. There are lots of things to consider before you can determine whether or not you’re on track to build that new home you’ve always dreamed of. Below are the 5 signs you’re ready to build your new home.

The time is right

You’ve Thought About It, and You Know What You Want
In addition to knowing what you want, you have to be aware of what you can afford. Critical steps to preparing yourself for home building and ownership mean researching what you’re able to pay regarding home features, the price of the house, and the custom home builder. If your numbers look right, you’re on your way.
You are excited at the prospect of a new neighborhood. But you’ve also determined what you want considering an area’s crime rate, included amenities, the commute back and forth to work, and the school district.
You Like Things New and Shiny
Building a new home means you’re going to get, right from day one, exactly what you want. No surprises. You won’t be forced to live with whatever the first owner wanted, as you are when you buy someone else’s home. Living in someone else’s dream makes it harder to achieve your own. You and your family get to make all of the first impressions upon this home – there is no history. And though some older homes can be charming, they don’t come with very many guarantees – other than the assurance that something is bound to go wrong. With a brand-newly built home, you know precisely what you’re getting into. Maintenance expenses will be slim to none.
The Financial Homework Is Complete
You have figured out exactly how much it is that you can afford because you have been looking at houses for some time and doing the math. And if you have been renting, you already know that the cost of building a new home is cheaper than all the rent you end up paying for a place that is less-than-perfect.
Also, you’ve made sure that your savings includes enough money for an emergency fund. Something unexpected is bound to come up, no matter where you are or what time of year it is. Your bills, building expenses, etc. have already been calculated according to your monthly income. But you know that it’s essential to have an emergency fund that will be there when unexpected costs arise.
You Have an Excellent Credit Score and You’re Out Of Debt 
Your excellent credit score makes building a home a much more affordable prospect. And because you’ve paid off all your debts, you’re going to have more money with which to pay off your building expenses. Furnishings, maintenance, repairs, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes, etc. will all drain a bank account faster than most people realize. But because you are entirely out of debt, that frees up more money to put toward those expenses.
So, have you done all your homework, research, and number crunching?
It’s fun and exciting to design and build a new home, but it takes far more than emotion with which to analyze your readiness to make that kind of investment. If, after considering all the previously stated factors all looks good then, yes indeed; building the new home of your dreams is the right move for you at this time.

Which Green Home Plan Improvements Really Pay Off!

Green Home Improvements with Joseph Douglas Homes
There are plenty of reasons why you might want to make some energy-efficient changes to your home, but here are the main three:
•    When you do sell your home, it will command a higher price
•    Utility bills will be lowered
•    You’re helping the environment
As positive as those aspects are, it is essential that homeowners deciding on green remodeling consider the length of time needed before they will enjoy the money-saving properties offered. As an example, it could take years for a new solar power system or window replacement to pay for itself.
Start at the Top
When most people think to remodel, bathrooms and kitchens come to mind. But in the interest of green home improvement, the project that offers the most significant return on investment rises high above kitchens and bathrooms. Attic insulation, in a cost versus value analysis, came in as the green project that provides the biggest and best return on money spent. Best of all, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to embark on this endeavor.
From Indoors to Outdoors
Another good return on investment is offered by switching out that tired old garage door. A new garage door is a real upscale renovation and, when examining the cost of the project, assures a return of approximately 85%.  Besides, houses without electric garage door openers don’t sell as fast as houses with new, state-of-the-art garage doors. It’s a fact.
On the topic of doors, don’t stop at the garage. A new front door will not only dress up your home but, if you buy and install the right type of front door, can offer added energy efficiency. The approximate rate of return on front doors is as follows: New Front door - remodeling job by Joseph Douglas Homes
•    Fiberglass – 78%
•    Steel entry door – 91%
Kitchen Upgrades
There are dual benefits to upgrading kitchen appliances to the newer, high-efficiency models. (This also applies to furnaces and water heaters.) In addition to reducing a homeowner’s living costs, they make an old, humdrum kitchen sparkle and shine like new. To help offset the cost of new appliances, many cities and states offer programs such as tax incentives. Don’t forget, while on the topic of energy-saving upgrades, to have a water saving faucet and dishwasher installed.
Remodeling the Bathroom
A renovated bathroom gives a return on investment of just over 93%. That said, bathroom remodeling will involve spending some pretty serious cash – but be well worth it in the end. If possible, expand the bathroom itself. After expansion, add new energy efficient lighting, and water saving faucets, shower head, bath fixtures, and toilet. A his-and-hers vanity set up will increase the value while not significantly affecting the energy saving aspect of your bathroom remodel. For flooring, choose something that lasts a long time, has a luxurious appearance, and is impervious moisture.newly renovated bathroom by joseph douglas homes
Regardless of which energy-efficient changes you decide to make to your home, remember these crucial considerations concerning those changes:
•    What kind of resale impact will they have on your home?
•    Check to see about rebates for specific improvements
•    Decide which changes are most accessible, and do those first
Today’s informed homeowner, before deciding upon which green home plan improvements to make, may choose to have a home energy audit. This way, an expert can determine the efficiency of your heating system, air conditioning system, and appliances; as well as discover precisely how much air is leaking from your home.

Form and Function: How to Balance Both in Home Construction

Form or Function: What's most important in home design

Form or Function: What’s more important in Home Design?

In home design and construction, the conflict between interesting, creative architecture (form) and the way various rooms are placed and used (function) is a constant battle. But it doesn’t have to be.

While the shape of a structure relates to its proposed function, the best home builders work with their clients to create a home that is both functional and beautiful.

Function or Aesthetics

Home builders often cope with numerous challenges in designing buildings when determining which aspect to prioritize. Here is the dilemma: How does a builder create a home that will make the client happy – both in the way it looks and how it works with the family’s needs?

A satisfied customer will certainly never snub a functional and well-designed home. By working together and asking the right questions, the result is that the builder avoids design and construction problems and the homeowner has a lovely yet fully functional home.

Building the Perfect Home

Before the first shovel of dirt is dug or the first yard of concrete is poured, it is important that you and the builder sit down together face to face. Talk openly about what each is expecting throughout the process. Determine a list of priorities, needs, and wants. This will help to create a design which accurately reflects your lifestyle.joseph douglas homes remodeling

Discuss the budget as well. What can you afford? What is the top priority for the finished product? What is the overall feel you’re looking for? Sometimes what you want and what you can afford are two very different things. Home builders can often offer a less expensive alternative which will satisfy you and still stay within your budget.

Other Considerations

After the overall budget is finalized, talk about how the home will be used. Are there several children or is this a home for “empty-nesters” with grandchildren only visiting occasionally? Do you enjoy entertaining big groups, or do you prefer quiet nights at home with a good book? Are you a gourmet cook or eat a steady diet of take-out? Do you love to display your collections or are you a minimalistic decorator? Do you prefer the clean lines of modern architecture or the details in Victorian homes? Or something in between?

Again, asking the right questions will help to determine the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size of the kitchen and living room, the placement of doors and windows, the amount of storage, etc. and satisfy your needs (and a few wants as well).

The difference between an excellent layout and a poor one is something that both home builders and home buyers have seen at least once. Winding hallways, awkward spaces, too small rooms, and bad flow can make even a beautiful building exterior into an unlivable home. Form and function must complement each other in home construction and work for the people living there.

In Conclusion

A beautiful exterior façade with a functioning and pleasant interior will flow well, offer a distinct atmosphere, and reflect the personality of the homeowners. Addressing both the eye appeal and the functionality of a home’s design will end in a successfully built and lived-in home.

Working together, home builders and clients can create the perfect home and make it an easy and enjoyable process.

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6 Essentials to Consider When Choosing a Floor Plan

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You’re building a new home, but first, you need to choose a floor plan. There are significant factors to consider – from how many bedrooms you’ll need to what architectural styles you prefer. To ensure a floor plan is right for you, here are a few suggestions.
What Kind of Floor Plan Are You Pursuing?
What will you need that you don’t currently have? More storage, additional bedrooms, or a place for your hobbies? Are you getting older and can no longer climb stairs? Maybe you’d like a larger great-room for entertaining or a home office for your paperwork. Answering these questions first will make choosing a floor plan much less complicated from the start.

Budget Plays a Role in Floor Plans

What’s Your Budget?
Most everyone wants their dream home but before you set your heart on a particular size or style of home, find out what it will cost. Meet with a builder or contractor and set a budget. Determine what you can afford and go from there. You may be able to get more house than you realize.

Can Your Floor Plan Change in the Future?

What Will Life Be Like in 5-10 Years?
Even if you intend this to be your “forever home,” you should consider what life will be like in the future. A flexible floor plan will allow you to convert the space as your needs change. For example, a main floor home office with an adjoining bath can become a master bedroom in later years. A playroom off the kitchen can revert to a formal dining room when the kids move out. Bottom line: will the house be large enough – or too large – in ten years?

Consider the Following Factors

What is your lifestyle?

Do you love to throw parties or prefer quiet evenings? Are you a gourmet cook or usually eat take out?  Are you a young, growing family or an empty- nester? Are you an outdoor gardener or have lots of indoor hobbies? Each of these answers will help to determine how your home should be laid out and the size of each room. A contractor or design professional can help you consider factors and give you some guidance.


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Separate Rooms or Open Concept

What’s Your Decorating Style?
Choose a floor plan to meet your decorating style. Do you enjoy more formal furnishings or are you a “put your feet up on the coffee table” type? Do you prefer separate rooms for a variety of activities or is an open floor plan more to your liking? Think about your furniture and how you will live in the space.

Talk to a Professional and Ask Questions

Pros and Cons of Every Floor Plan
It’s important to realize that there’s no such thing as a perfect floor plan. You need to determine your priorities and what you can live without.  For example, a modern, open layout is great but can make it difficult to concentrate when someone is watching television in one area while you’re reading in another. That wall of windows highlights a gorgeous view, but your cooling and heating bills may be higher. The 2-story foyer is breathtaking, but who will change the light-bulb in the chandelier?
Choosing a floor plan may feel overwhelming, but trust your instincts. Take notes as you tour homes. Talk to a professional and ask lots of questions. Once you narrow down the choices, the final decision will be easy.