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What goes into creating a floor plan?

June 9, 2021

3 image collage. Image on left is of couple with their realtor. Image in middle is of a floor plan rendering. Image on right is of a model home living room.

When Riverside Homebuilders sits down to design new floor plans, there are a lot of factors at play. We discuss the basic descriptors like number of bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as the more specific, like home offices and other flexible spaces. It also involves conversations with every department from sales to construction to get a handle on what requests they receive in the field. 

Once we’ve gathered feedback, we send it off to the award-winning team at TK Design who  pieces it all together. TK’s first approach is to study the program determined by Riverside and start to develop relationships between the proposed spaces. This typically starts as simple bubble diagrams and become more and more refined as the process continues. TK is fortunate enough to work with clients all over the country which ensures their designs will reflect the latest trends. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into creating a floor plan that fits the needs of families in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Listen to the buyers

The most helpful resource we have found for input on our designs is the homeowners right here in Riverside Homebuilders communities. Throughout the year, we watch for trends in what families are looking for and ask for feedback when construction is completed. 

For example, when many DFW businesses moved to remote work last year, homebuyers came looking for dedicated home offices where they could take calls without distraction. This was especially important if there were children taking virtual classes at the same time using flex spaces like game rooms and extra bedrooms. We also saw increased demand for outdoor living options that facilitated socially distanced entertainment.

Follow the national trends

The Riverside Homebuilders staff is also continually reviewing national trends from trusted sources like the National Association of Homebuilders. Their research, titled “What Home Buyers Really Want,” was invaluable with input from 3,247 recent and prospective homebuyers across the country from the summer of 2020.

It covered a range of topics including the size of homes -- showing that one out of every five buyers wanted more space -- to the preferred open floor plan design with 85 percent of respondents wanting the kitchen and dining area connected. Nearly half of respondents want three bedrooms and 73 percent want two or more bathrooms. Sixty-three percent of buyers also want the washer and dryer on the first floor. There was also an increase in buyers looking for homes that support multi-generational living with a secondary suite for a parent or adult child.

The most wanted specialty rooms were laundry rooms with 87 percent of buyers marking them essential or desirable, and dining rooms at 70 percent. Nearly half -- or 47 percent --of homebuyers in the market also want exercise rooms which is up from 27 percent in 2003.

Put it all together

With these things in mind, Riverside Homebuilders and TK Designs work to create a variety of desirable designs that can address each need with flexibility for the future. Available floor plans can be filtered by beds, baths, communities and cities. Model homes are scattered throughout the DFW area for buyers to tour as well.

For more information about Riverside Homebuilders and available homes in DFW, contact us online, call (817) 601-6230 or text (254) 735-3033. 

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