Finding the Right Furniture for Your New Home
When most people decide it’s time to build a forever-home, they’ve lived in several locations before.
They’ve rented a few apartments. Maybe upgraded and rented a home.
They’ve purchased a starter home. They’ve invested in and own a variety of furniture and décor.
Then it’s time for an upgrade. And they start the hunt for a dream home in the perfect location.
And in most cases, an older home simply won’t do.
They want a new home in Washington. They want to design it from the ground up. They want to put their own personalized touches in every room, every step of the way.
We understand. We know what you desire. We see it every day, with every new homeowner that decides now is the time to choose a floorplan that meets their needs and specifications.
Because choosing a floor plan and turning it into your new home can be one of the most exciting times in your life.
You can decide the neighborhood. You can choose the layout. You can make changes. You can fill it with everything you desire.
But where do you start?
Choose a floor plan based on your design style
Open concept or traditional layout? Well defined rooms or easy flow?
Every homeowner has their own design style in mind. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another. Which is why we offer many different floor plan options, each with the ability to customize them further.
Think of your current furnishings and how you will decorate your home once the design process is complete. Flow through and coordination is most important when designing an open floor plan. If you can see from one room to the next, blending matters.
Also move past what furniture you currently have, trying to place it in existing space. Bedroom furniture doesn’t always have to remain in the bedroom. We’ve seen some very sophisticated and elaborate dressers be used when creating sleek and modern designs for the bathroom vanity. Because all of our floorplans can be customized to your liking, your dreaming doesn’t stop at the walls. We can help you create built-in cabinetry or incorporate antique furniture just about anywhere you desire.
Accept the pros and cons of your floor plan
There isn’t a perfect floor plan. There will always be pros and cons with every design. Yet each of us has a preferred way to live, and only you can decide where your priorities lie and what you can learn to live with or without.
Focus in on the top of your must-have list. If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, an open concept may be especially important to keep an eye on the kids while they play. Larger windows might be a must to allow natural light to let the gorgeous natural light fall into your rooms, helping you with your heating bills throughout the year. A room off the front entrance may be top of mind to ensure you have proper space for your budding entrepreneurial successes.
Remember, walls are your starting point. From there, you can use furniture to further define the space and create the ambiance that suits the mood of the room. In some cases, you may have the perfect piece in mind. But don’t push if you aren’t sure of what to add. In some cases living in your new home for awhile will lead you in the right direction. It will help you say “I know exactly what I need.”
Work with design professionals for guidance
While you probably have a pretty good idea of what you want in your future home, a design professional can help you carry out those desires in ways you might not be able to express in a tangible way.
Because design professionals deal with design every day, they understand the right questions to ask, and have the skills to incorporate desires in intricate ways. They can tell by looking at a floor plan where specific changes can be made to make you fall in love just a little bit more. They understand that the sofa you were trying to incorporate into a room is way too big. With a slight adjustment, you’ll have more space, more room, and more flexibility in your everyday lifestyle.
Trust your instincts
Intuition is something that rarely fails. All of us have the ability to “feel” when a space feels warm and comfortable. We understand when something is “right” because it just is. This feeling comes from knowing what matters to you most. It also comes from shopping around and feeling out different floor plans.
Just because you’ve settled in on one doesn’t mean you can’t learn from another.
You love a separate master retreat that gives you space to be a couple. But with small children, it just doesn’t make sense right now. Can you adjust a floor plan to give you both? Can you utilize the right furniture to create the space you desire?
Spaces almost always “speaks” to us in a variety of ways. Don’t ignore what a room or design is telling you. And remember that it’s easy to change the décor, much more difficult to adjust the design. Incorporating a new bed into the bedroom is easy; moving a wall is a major task.
A new home should utilize new furniture too
It’s easy to walk through a home model or look at a floor plan and immediately begin placing your existing furniture within the walls. But existing furniture often won’t fit with your new space.
Furniture can be altered both in where you place it and what you keep. While a sofa may have been the perfect choice for your existing home, it simply won’t fit in any room in your new home.
Are there any furniture pieces you can’t live without? Measure the furniture carefully and take into account the space it will need in the targeted room.
If you will buy new furniture, be sure to have measurements in place and understand the look and feel you are going for before you step into a furniture store. Be careful when ordering large, over-sized furniture. In certain rooms, they can make your rooms feel smaller than they are.
Are you ready to choose a new home in Washington?