All first-time home buyers have a unique experience that can never be repeated, but building your first home from the ground up is a challenging and rewarding experience in its own right. You will be fully engaged in the design process, even when building from house plans, as finishes, fixtures, and building materials must be chosen to make the house your home. Every design decision will affect your budget and portray your own personal style, so choose wisely but go on instinct to create a home that is all you. Starter floor plans tend to be smaller, with 1,500 square feet or less and usually 2 to 3 bedrooms. One-story homes are actually gaining in popularity, as they are a more convenient option for young families that need to keep children close at hand. Forget about running up and down stairs with laundry and a child on your arm. Choose a one-story plan with an open layout for easier living. One story open floor plans, or any number of beautiful yet simple house floor plans with an open layout will let you keep an eye on kids or simply interact more with friends and family. Choosing a flexible home plan, such as one with bonus space upstairs or an office with an adjacent bathroom (to serve as another bedroom), will ensure that your house will be livable for many years to come, even as your needs change.