When it comes to buying a home, nearly 20% are custom-built to fit the buyer’s style. If you are going this route, you will need to have a plan in place before your builder can break ground.

One of the biggest decisions to make when building your home is what the layout of the floor is going to be. Will it be a timeless home with individual rooms or have a modern, open-spaced feel?

Knowing about the different types of floor plans will help you choose the right one for you and your family.

We break down the three most popular floor plans and their benefits in this helpful guide.

Traditional Floor Plan

Do you love the feel of a colonial-style home with its many specific rooms? If so, you will most likely enjoy a traditional floor plan. This type of plan doesn’t have less space, just has more walls up throughout the home.

A traditional floor plan is a classic choice for a home. This type of floor plan features all the rooms you would see in a house like a kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and bedrooms. These plans can also feature rooms like a parlor, office, or formal living room.

This floor plan gained popularity after people spent so much time inside during the pandemic. Many people found that having their own space was a positive attribute of a home.


Each room can have its own style with a traditional floor plan. Because there are more walls, you don’t have to worry about everything matching.

Privacy is more common in a traditional floor plan. Each room will have a door that you can close if you need some space. This also helps keep noises down if you are hoping to have a quiet home.

Traditional homes have a cozy feel to them. The smaller rooms bring a family together easier than in a large space.

Are you a fan of saving on your energy bills? If so, the smaller rooms in a traditional plan mean your rooms will be easier to heat and cool.

Open Floor Plan

This contemporary floor plan has been all the rage for several years now. An open floor plan has all of the traditional spaces in a home but with fewer walls. For a home to have this floor plan, at least two rooms traditionally separated by a wall need to be open.

Most people with an open floor plan have the kitchen and dining room open up to each other. Another popular combination is to have the kitchen open up to the living room. You can also have a plan featuring a great room with the kitchen, living, and dining room opening up together.

An open floor plan is the best floor plan for a family who likes being around one another. The open rooms mean you will be seeing a lot of the people who live in the home with you!


This floor plan type offers great traffic flow. This is an especially nice perk for big families as they won’t be bumping into one another as they go about their day.

The lack of walls means your home will have access to lots of natural light. More light can also make your great room feel bigger than it really is.

An open floor plan is perfect for entertaining. Your guests can go between the space chatting and mingling without feeling cramped.

Another benefit of an open floor plan is how easy it is to communicate with the people who live in your house. You can see your family in the great room and have better conversations while you are all there together. These floor plans promote togetherness as there are fewer rooms for people to separate into.

Semi-Open Floor Plan

If you like the idea of a contemporary floor plan but still want a little privacy, a semi-open floor plan is the way to go. This plan is the best of both worlds. It combines the openness of the modern floor plan but has rooms that you can still hide away in as needed.

The trick to a semi-open floor plan is using doors that slide or swing open. This keeps the flow of a space going but with some separation.

Another way to get a semi-open floor plan is by creating partial walls. This will give the illusion of more room but keep the light and flow of an open concept home.


This type of floor plan is very customizable. Choose which rooms you want to stay separate and which ones you want to flow together.

Less open spaces mean the less you’ll need to organize! The more specified rooms mean your house doesn’t have to be perfectly organized all the time.

This floor plan keeps the line of sight intact for a clean visual layout.

Which Popular Types of Floor Plans Are Right for Your Home?

Don’t let the process of going through the types of floor plans overwhelm you when you are building your new home. Imagine yourself walking through your ideal home and use that visual as a guide. Remember, your builder is there to help so be sure to ask them any questions you may have.

Are you ready to build your perfect home in the Fort Myers or Cape Coral area? If so, Coral Isle Builders can build you the high-quality home of your dreams at a price you’ll love.

Contact us today to get the process started!