Building a custom home on Long Beach Island can be an exciting experience, especially when you are looking forward to summering on the island and all that having a custom home on or near the beach can offer. There are several things to consider when choosing a plan, or reviewing design ideas with your builder or architect. From the basics, like the number of bedrooms, to the more complex, like what size deck or pool can fit on your lot, making the right design decisions can be challenging. Here are some tips to selecting the right home plan for your custom LBI home.
Enough Space for Everything
When considering floor plans for your new home, think about how much space you have and how many rooms you will need. Also consider any special or custom items, like railings, elevators, wheelchair access and guest rooms. By working closely with your custom homebuilder, you will be able to identify the priorities based on the amount of space you have and the resulting selected design will be the perfect home for your family!
It’s Not Just About What You Need, But What You Want
Let’s face it, one of the reasons you are building a custom home is because you want what you want in the home. Once the necessities are clearly defined, next think about what you want. Is it your dream to have a hot tub or pool? Is an outside patio, screened porch, or oversized family room a must-have for you? What about the views? Especially if you are oceanfront, lagoon or bay side, taking advantage of the views can determine what type of home plan you select. We recommend that you list the things you want in your home and prioritize them so when you have to make choices, you’ll have an easier time deciding on what ideas will make it to the final plans.
It’s not just today’s needs and wants that come into play when designing a new custom home. It’s also important to consider the function of your home in the future. Will your family grow? Will there be more opportunities to have guests in the future? Will you reside in the home full-time at any point in the future? These are all things to consider as you design your new custom LBI home. Planning for the future is not always a sure-fire thing; however, it could help you to envision the long-term usability of your home making it easier to build it with those considerations now, rather than renovating the home after it’s built.
Stonehenge Building & Development has been helping Long Beach Island homeowners plan, design and build their dream homes. Whether a permanent residence, vacation home and rental, or a summer weekend oasis, we can help you plan your new custom home on LBI. We have toured many prospective homebuyers through our homes under construction or completed, which can help with visualizing the possibilities, rather than just looking at plans. For more ideas and inspiration visit our website portfolio, or contact us today.