• WLH Custom Homes

Floor Plan Insight

Updated: Oct 3, 2018


When you work with WLH Custom Homes, you have the opportunity to work with our very own in-house design team. Our experienced designers are famous among homeowners all over the world (through our parent company – Wisconsin Log Homes) for their consideration of individual lifestyle requirements. Whether you want something simple and sweet, or extravagant and elaborate, our designers will take the time to listen to your needs and create a plan that will meet all your specifications and requirements. Our clients tell us that one of the best parts about working with our company is that our in-house designers are working with our in-house builders right from the start and insight is being provided from both the design and construction perspectives to make sure everything is being drawn accurately, is structurally feasible, and within the scope of their budget.

Artistic architecture, unique design details, energy efficiency and precious property views are at the forefront of each home we design. The floor plan is the first and most important step to creating a home that lives as well as it looks. First, think about your day-to-day lifestyle: how will you, your family and your guests use the home? This is the first question we address during the design process as it’s the most important ‘piece to the puzzle’ when creating a layout that will truly work and be comfortable for its owners in all respects.

Will this be a primary residence or getaway home? How many levels would you like? How much space do you want in each room? Would you like an open layout? Do you want tall ceilings with expansive windows? Do you want outdoor living space? Is your property wide or narrow, on the water or in a subdivision? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you entertain often? Do you have children and/or pets? All this (and much more) should be taken into consideration right from the start. First we get to know you, then we get to know what you want in your design.

When you work with WLH Custom Homes, your architectural style options are limitless – do you prefer rustic, modern, contemporary or traditional? Do you want vinyl, wood, stone or something in between? What materials do you want to combine on the exterior? It’s important to consider the durability of each material and the quality of the products/manufacturer. You want a home that will have structural integrity and materials that will last.

Maximizing exposure and aesthetics, and creating a home that blends effortlessly into its surroundings is critical. The topography, seasonal path of the sun, direction of prevailing winds and scenic views all affect the design and placement of your home and the rooms within your home. Homes that harmonize with their surroundings appear as though they belong, resulting in year-round comfort and reduced energy costs.

What do you feel comfortable investing into your home? Budget is probably the most important factor to consider when designing your home. It’s important to be upfront with your design team so they can design a home that you can afford, and give you options that reflect your budget along the way. Our goal is always the same – to keep our clients safely within what they want to invest and to eliminate any unexpected surprises along the way. Knowing your budget from the start allows us to do our job well and guide you in a direction that’s right for you.

Keep in mind that not only are you designing your house for today, but in many cases, you're also designing it for years down the road. Take into consideration how you and your family live now, but also plan for how you'll live in the future. It's so important that every square inch of your home gets designed so it's comfortable, functional and adaptable for years to come.

The thought of designing a custom home can sometimes seem like an overwhelming task. We encourage people setting out on the design/build journey to work with an experienced team they can trust. Building a home is one of the largest and most important investments you’ll make in your lifetime and it’s so crucial that you do it right. Working with a team of experienced professionals truly makes a difference, and makes living in your home that much more enjoyable and comfortable for years to come.