Updated February 10, 2023
The Art of Creating Your Dream Home
Explore how David Weekley Homes floor plans balance Sight Lines, Room Placement, Windows & Light and Traffic Patterns.
What Makes a David Weekley Floor Plan Different?
A floor plan serves as the map of the home. It provides an overhead view of the structure and living spaces to help you visualize how you will live in the home before the foundation is even poured.
In the early stages of creating your dream home, the floor plan is one of the most important tools available. From it, you’re able to see how rooms, windows, walking paths and lines of sight fit together.
At David Weekley Homes, we craft our floor plans using a principle we call LifeDesign℠, which focuses on balancing Sight Lines, Room Placement, Windows & Light and Traffic Patterns so it’s easy for you to enjoy each day to the fullest. Our architects have decades of expertise in designing floor plans that, when paired with our top-quality construction techniques, are used to build homes with effortless style and impressive livability.
What Does a Floor Plan Need to Be Your Dream Home?
Before choosing a floor plan, determine your overall needs for a home.
This includes square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, storage and outdoor spaces. Also, consider if you’ll need additional FlexSpace℠, such as a study to use as an at-home classroom or office, or a Retreat for family games, movies and hobbies.
These questions will help guide and narrow down your floor plan options to find the best fit for your specific lifestyle needs.
Balancing Privacy and Togetherness is Key in a Dream Home’s Floor Plan
As you begin browsing floor plans, picture your view from different positions in the home.
Does the entry present a welcoming first impression? What parts of the home can be seen by guests from the moment the front door opens? Consider the kitchen’s placement and views of the family room and dining area. Will you be able to prepare food while engaging with guests or watching the kids play?
The answers to these questions depend on a home’s Sight Lines. In a David Weekley Homes floor plan, the Sight Lines are purposefully designed to help make every room — and the people inside — feel more connected.
Two homes with the same square footage can create vastly different impressions of spaciousness and comfort. A larger home can feel almost claustrophobic with inappropriately placed Sight Lines. In the same way, a smaller home can feel far more expansive with Sight Lines that show hints of the spaces around the next turn.
Another key consideration is Room Placement which dictates how the home fits your lifestyle. Take your daily, seasonal and special occasion needs into account when thinking about Room Placement in your dream home.
Do you need quiet homework space away from noisier gathering areas? When entertaining guests, do you need a separate place for the kids to play? Will you need a guest room with added privacy for overnight visitors or live-in relatives?
And, as with all dream homes, LifeDesign floor plans keep the Owner’s Retreat comfortably apart from busier parts of the home so you can rest and refresh in comfort.
The Role Light and Motion Play in a Dream Home
The Windows & Light element of LifeDesign touches every corner of a floor plan, but plays an especially important role in the primary gathering areas of a home.
Energy-efficient windows allow the interior of your home to shine with natural light while reducing energy costs. When paired with elegant Sight Lines, Windows & Light will help a floor plan live larger than what the square footage would suggest.
A front door that opens onto a view of the family room can make a beautiful first impression. By placing windows beyond that, suddenly that view extends even further to take in the backyard while helping prevent the interior of the home appear dark to day-time guests.
When high-quality windows are expertly placed in a home, they create an enhanced indoor/outdoor relationship that balances privacy with natural light. The improved lighting and views of greenery can also inspire a greater sense of well-being.
Many floor plans employ hallways as passages to different areas of the home, but a David Weekley home planned with LifeDesign eliminates the need for hallways and allows that square footage to instead be used in the living spaces and bedrooms. This Traffic Patterns component is achieved by using rooms instead of hallways as paths for moving through the home.
Ultimately, a floor plan maps the space you will move through when living in the home. Walking from the bedroom to the garage, from the front door to the family room, or from the kitchen to any other part of the home should feel organic and unobstructed.
In the same way a window needs to balance light and view with privacy, a Traffic Pattern needs to serve as a clear path through a room without interfering with the room’s intended purpose. Expert Room Placement and Sight Lines are pivotal in creating easy-flowing Traffic Patterns that make moving throughout your dream home an everyday delight.
See What Your Dream Home Could Look Like
To see one of our LifeDesign floor plans in action, you can ask our Internet Advisor to direct you to one of our 3D virtual tours, which can give you a better idea of how the home would feel to live in. They can also help you schedule a private tour of available move-in ready and model homes so you can get a more hands-on experience of how the floor plan will look when fully built out into a new home.
With these tips, you’ll be able to choose the best floor plan for you and your family to live in for years to come.