My favorite layout has to be how we have the master bathroom entering straight into our closet and then into the laundry room. The laundry room has another entrance to the hallway so that one day our kids can lug their own laundry into it! It was also important to me to have a kitchen that opens into a living area since we entertain a lot. Little conveniences like this were definite perks of building.
We did have a local architect who was more familiar with our county's codes and regulations redraw our plans to submit for approval. This definitely helped speed things along and he was able to add structural specifications where needed.
If you aren't as savvy in the design department, you can save yourself a few drafts (and cash) from the architect by searching floorplans online for preliminary ideas. Be warned, it can be addicting! Check out these sights for great ideas:
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What would or did you look for when building a home? Let's hear the most important features!