Tips for Choosing the Right Floor Plan

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Floor Plans

You have a lot to keep in mind when searching for new homes in Salt Lake, from price and location to all sorts of particular details. One of the first things you’ll want to tackle? Floor plans. The basic layout of your house is one of the first things you’ll have to decide on before construction. Additionally, it sets the baseline for many other elements to take into consideration. Hamlet Homes is your premier homebuilder in Utah, offering beautiful communities with a wide variety of home designs. with that being said, we have the insider list on what you should be considering with regards to a new home floor plan.


Consider the practical elements of your floor plan:
  • Floor space for children to play?
  • Space for working from home?
  • Teenagers needing their own, separated space?
  • One floor or multiple stories?
All these are the basic questions to ask yourself. Be sure your lifestyle elements are covered, as well as any personal preference.

Special Accommodations

There could be a number of situations where you might need a special accommodation within your floor plan. Maybe you have small children who require wide hallways. Perhaps you or a loved one stays requires wheelchair considerations. Be sure these details are noted early on in the process.


Is hosting a top priority for you and your family? Wide entryways with large, open-space, community areas are important if you frequently have guests. There are also plenty of ways to separate social and family life. Keep in mind that hosting areas can be in one location and private areas designed in a different location.

Outdoor vs Indoor

It’s also important — when choosing your floor plan — to assess how much you and your family will use outdoor amenities. A pool, barbecue, or large yard all count as part of your floor plan. Make sure you can handle those associated responsibilities and maintenance if you choose to go in that direction. Ready to get started? Our experts at Hamlet Homes are standing by today!

6 Benefits of New Homes Over Resales

When you’re looking for your dream house in Salt Lake City, you should weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a new home or renovating an older one. Sure, you could learn to love your outdated countertops while you slowly remodel, but you don’t have to. With a new build, you can get all the character and customization that comes with a renovation. Here are the top 6 reasons most buyers choose new homes over resales.
  1. Personalization

When you purchase a new home through Hamlet Homes, you can choose the floor plan and customize the design features, including your favorite flooring, cabinets, countertops, appliances, paint color, among others. Depending on availability, you can even choose the plot that best suits your family’s needs. This flexibility simply can’t be found in renovations, especially for the same dollar amount.
  1. Advanced Technology

You can be sure that your new home will utilize the latest technology and energy efficiency. Building standards have been raised multiple times over the years regarding energy efficiency, so homebuilders are installing multi-paned windows, green appliances, and more insulation.
  1. Fewer Repairs

New homes aren’t subjected to years of wear and tear like older homes, so you won’t need to make as many repairs. Even with multiple upgrades, you’ll still be seeing the need to replace features in your used home — like the furnace, plumbing, or even structural damage — all of which can be costly and time consuming.
  1. Community Amenities

Many homebuyers will choose new homes for the community amenities. They usually will feature clubhouses, community centers, and pools. Some are located near popular shopping centers or in premier school districts. All of these factors are should heavily weighed by the buyer.
  1. Warranty

Consider the cost of replacing the water heater, furnace, roof, or any appliances before purchasing a resale because they will likely need to be replaced in the near future. With new builds, all appliances and products are new and under warranty, so you will spend years in your dream home before needing any upgrades.
  1. Financing

There are many mortgage financing perks available from a homebuilder. Be sure to use the mortgage lender who works with the contractor to get the best rates and incentives. New homes come equipped with the latest technology, design trends, and are fully customizable. To learn more about new home construction in Salt Lake City, call (801) 281-2223 and speak to the experts at Hamlet Homes today!

The Best Homebuilder Upgrades


During new home construction, you are able to customize the finishing touches to fit your lifestyle and design tastes. What’s more is that you can choose to add optional builder upgrades to transform your new house into your dream home. As your premier homebuilders in Utah, we know that picking and choosing your upgrades can seem a little daunting, usually because new homeowners have particular features important to them, but they aren’t sure if the upgrades will increase the value of their home. Many homebuilders don’t help homeowners navigate between possible homebuilder upgrades, but at Hamlet Homes, our designer — Janet Allen at Carpet Diem — can assist in helping you choose your personal improvements and help you select the right combinations for your budget. Here are a few tips to help you decide which upgrades to choose for your home.

In the Kitchen

The kitchen has an extensive list of possible upgrades, and the ones you choose can add up quickly. We suggest keeping functionality in mind. It may seem like your new kitchen will have so much space that you don’t know what to do with it, but you will most likely want even more room to house food and cooking items down the line. We recommend going for taller cabinets for extra storage and a trendier look. You can choose to add pots and pans drawers to make for easy access during your quick, weeknight dinners. Don’t forget to put a little focus on your appliances. While they may not change the aesthetic as much as custom cabinets, upgrading to energy-efficient and high-end appliances with your homebuilder will almost always save you money in the long run.

Keep it Light

As far as we’re concerned, you can never have too much light in your home. That’s why the homebuilders at Hamlet Homes strategically plan the layout of all new home constructions to take advantage of natural light, but you can always make your home a little brighter. We suggest keeping with ambient lighting in your living spaces, and making your kitchen and bathrooms extra bright. In your bathrooms, choose task and overhead lighting, so you never have to squint when shaving or applying your makeup. In your kitchen, go beyond recessed lighting by installing under-cabinet lighting. These little lights will help you navigate your cooking and brighten up the space when you entertain. If you choose glass cabinets, install lighting inside for a similar effect.

Flooring Done Right

Sure, you can always upgrade your flooring later, but that can be expensive and time consuming. Not to mention the headache of living in a home undergoing updating. Instead, choose the flooring options that match your aesthetic and lifestyle before moving in. If you prefer hardwood in bedrooms and hallways, we always suggest upgrading during the build. To help with the cold Utah months, we splurge and install radiant floor heating. Not only will your family love it, but future buyers will, too. Finally, choose to upgrade the carpet pads. The cost is typically low and will provide a longer lifespan and softer step.

Fantastic Finishes

Not all upgrades need to break the bank. A few simple finishes can make all the difference in your new home. We suggest customizing tile grout for a trendier look, choosing your home’s interior paint color, and adding extra outlets or ceiling fans. So many residents in the homebuilding process stress about upgrades because they didn’t budget for them. Instead, put aside a portion of your budget for improvements that will personalize your home and allow you to get the biggest bang for your buck. If you would like to learn more about the personalization options you receive from the homebuilders at Hamlet Homes call us today at (801) 281-2223.


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