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Design the absolute best floor plan

for your dream home

in 8 weeks

before hiring your team and without feeling overwhelmed by the thousands of floor plan options or the fear that your going to mess it up.

If you've already purchased your land, been talking to builders, or clicked through home plan websites looking to get your home building process started, then you already know you need a floor plan.

No need to tell you that the floor plan is the backbone to your home, and that it will be the backdrop to your family's future memories.

You also know that the timeline to you getting into your dream home keeps getting pushed back the longer you don't have the right floor plan.

Here's what you might not know:

If you already know what floor plan you want, getting blueprints made is much quicker and smoother. Time is of the essence when fall has started and you need the home closed in before snow starts flying.


Builders are extremely busy, especially during peak building season. Having a floor plan shows them that you're serious, not just another tire-kicker, and are worthy of a call back.


Asking a builder "how much does building a house cost" is equivalent to asking "how much does going out to dinner cost". The answer to both? "It depends". When you have a floor plan, the builder is able to get a grasp of the scope of your project, and can focus on the details such as flooring type, countertop materials, and ceiling heights to really nail down where the price of your home sits.

Obtaining just any floor plan is easy, but attaining a good floor plan isn't so much.

Design my own house? I can't wait!

But how?

You're finally taking the leap of the long-term dream of building your own home. You've Googled house plans, found a website, and entered your search parameters: 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 stories.

7,631. There are 7,631 houses that meet that criteria. And that's just on one website.

You take a deep breath, calm the giddy butterflies (because this is actually finally happening), and start looking deeply at each one.

Even with all that excitement, spending even just 5 minutes per plan, on 7,631 plans starts to become work rather than fun and most people end up mentally exhausted and just choose a plan that looks 'good enough' even though they feel like it's not quite right.

Here's why most people settle for a 'good enough' floor plan:

Without knowing what kind of layout to look for so they can quickly find the right fit, they get overwhelmed, stressed, and stuck in the 'browsing' phase rather than moving on the the 'building' phase.

They get fed up at how much time has passed without getting a shovel in the ground, and they just choose any plan that looks okay (even though it's probably not right for them), just so they can get to the next step.

Here's why this is a huge mistake:

Wrong layouts for your home will affect you every. single. day. But you won't know something is wrong with your floor plan until you're living in it, and at that point it's too late. And unless you've recently won the lottery, you don't have the funds for a do-over. You NEED to get it right the first time.

The good news is, you haven't put a shovel in the ground yet. There's still time for you to analyze your family's needs, the property you're building on, and get the right floor plan the first time.

That is...if you want to build a house that is more than just 'good enough'.

The 3 reasons

people end up with a bad floor plan

(and how to make sure yours isn't)

They want this process to be quick

Your home is where you spend 75% of your time (more if you work from home!). You eat, relax, have family time, and sleep there. It's a huge element of your life. The floor plan design process shouldn't be rushed or else critical pieces could be overlooked causing your future self to be mentally kicking your past self for not giving yourself enough time to think things through.

It's not the same as picking the wrong paint colour; you likely can't change the mistakes later on. Give yourself the time to really think things through, after all, it'll still be a short amount of time in comparison to how long you'll be living in the house.

They take the one-size-fits-all approach

Sure, any plan with enough bedrooms and bathrooms will technically work, but they aren't necessarily optimal for your family.

What if:

  • you work night shifts,
  • you want to foster as many dogs as humanly possible all at once,
  • you're considering having just one more baby,
  • your elderly parents may come live with you someday?

All of these elements will alter the intricacies of how you design your floor plan. You need to have some skin in the game and ensure the end product is going to fit you now and into the future.

They focus too much on details rather than the whole home

Rather than concentrate on room sizes and flow, they are too focused on granite counters and hardwood floors. 99% of the time, details like these can be revised later for a reasonable price if the budget does not allow for it now. Adding on to your house because you didn't make the rooms large enough is going to cost you exponentially more (if not make it impossible altogether). Let's focus on the main players here, and then the aesthetic details as budget allows.

"I am fascinated by it honestly, a few changes here and there and I think they have a big impact" -private client

There's a reason why people refer to building a home as their 'dream' home: it's because they've been dreaming about this for years.

Not everybody gets to build a home, which is why you should pat yourself on the back for reaching this elite milestone that eludes most. The problem with that is, you've never done this before, and how to properly design a house isn't exactly common knowledge to the point where you could ask your family or friends for the home design 'recipe'.

But as long as you know how to avoid the major design mistakes and the common oversights, you can avoid this dream from turning into a nightmare.

If you're willing, I'd love to show you exactly how to do that.


A designer's secrets to creating a fantastic floor plan for your future dream home

Through designing house plans for 15 years (and counting!), I've honed a step-by-step process that I use with each new plan, a process that you can replicate to create your own plan on your own time, before you hire a team to turn it into a set of blueprints and get it built in real life.

Functional Floor Plans

is the only program that...

Focuses on the most important parts of your plan

Flow, size, and function are the top focuses in a floor plan. We will ensure your plan has all of these basics and not just eye candy masking major flaws.

Creates your perfect

Perfect has a different definition for everyone. We will create a floor plan that will fit your family like a well-tailored suit.

Eliminates time crunch stress

You'll have the tools to create a functional floor plan while you're still in planning mode, before you hire anybody, so when you've nailed it down you can fast-track your build without feeling overwhelmed, and keep costs in check.

Like a bullseye, we will start from the overarching master plan and work our way to the finite details that make a home.

Here's how:

Module 1: What do you want

Creating a great house starts with a wish list. In this module we will:

  • Create a complete list of wants, needs, and nice-to-have's in your future home,
  • Ponder multiple 'what-if' scenarios to ensure the floor plan will suit you not just now, but in the future as well,
  • Discuss cost saving techniques when deciding on a house type.

Module 2: What do we have to work with

Next, we will see what space we have to work with by analyzing your property. We will discuss the following limitations of your property:

  • Setbacks: how close you can build to the property line,
  • Buildable area: what area of your property is left over after taking away the setbacks,
  • Maximum height: how tall can your house be,
  • Lot coverage: how big is your house allowed to be,
  • Minimum square footage: the minimum size your house must be.

Module 3: How we make things flow

A floor plan's flow is arguably the most important part of any good house plan. In order to achieve this, we will discuss:

  • How to group rooms together,
  • Which rooms should have access to each other, and which ones should not,
  • Indoor/Outdoor living,
  • How your wish list influences the ideal flow to your plan.

Module 4: How it all pieces together

Like a puzzle, we will start piecing all of the elements that we have created so far into a rough layout. I will guide you step-by-step on the process for doing this while considering:

  • Sunlight,
  • Privacy,
  • Views.

Module 5a: Optimal room sizes

Too small of a room and you'll be frustrated and feeling cramped, too large and you'll have paid the building costs, extra taxes, and monthly utility bills for space you don't use.

In this module, you will learn how to find the optimal room sizes for each room of your house.

Module 5b: Get your floor plan

You will take what we have learned so far and start searching for a plan that fits your needs or sketching out one of your own.

Module 6: Analyzing functional details

Once you have a floor plan to work with, we will lovingly nit-pick it until we ensure we don't have any details that will become annoying in your day-to-day life. We will analyze it for:

  • Day-to-day activities,
  • How you typically live and the details we can optimize to suit this,
  • Undesirable sight paths,
  • Ways to squeeze out more function with minor modifications.

Module 7: Adding aesthetic details

Now we get to the things that aren't necessarily functional, but will provide that extra oomph. This is the section that will add character to your home. We will discuss multiple tweaks you can make to add those extra touches that spark you and your guests to exclaim 'oh wow' like a reflex when walking into a room.

Extra Resource: Throughout this program you will learn the terminology used by the industry. Feel confident when communicating your wishes to the professionals and understand better when they use jargon while talking to you.

Perk # 1


Hone in on what makes a good layout for the heart of the home. Learn exact dimensions, the pros and cons of different countertop materials, optimal appliance layouts, and more in this information packed guide.

(a $175 value)

Perk # 2


A private online group where we can all discuss the floor plan design process every step of the way. I'll be in there every week to answer questions as they arise, and you can post pictures of your progress to get feedback or an extra set of eyes from your program-mates and myself to help you when you're stuck.

(a $449 value)

14-day Money Back Guarantee

Functional Floor Plans will break you out of the cookie cutter one-plan-fits-all approach to new home design and will help you create a floor plan that is exactly ideal for your family now and in the future.

By the end of the 14 days, you will have created a wish list for your home that has dove in deep, way past how many bedrooms and bathrooms you need, and more into the nitty gritty of your custom family situation, and explored events that could have made other plans unsuitable for certain unforeseen circumstances.

We would have also analyzed your property for the parameters you will need to stay within. Ones that could cause loads of stress if they are discovered much further in the process.

If you don't feel like this program will help you get the best possible floor plan, just contact me at christine@clhomedesign.com and I will refund your investment.

Join Functional Floor Plans

and you'll get:

  • Step-by-step instruction a home designer uses to go from blank sheet to perfect floor plan for your custom situation,
  • Resources, tips, kits, and guides to help you achieve every step with ease and keep the process fun and not overwhelming,
  • A group of like-minded individuals you can crowd-source suggestions from,
  • The knowledge to be able to accurately communicate your desires to your design team when the time comes.

(A $1,295 value)

Perk # 1: Kitchen Design Guide

Learn the fundamentals to creating a kitchen fit for the home chef.

(A $175 value)

Perk # 2: Private Facebook Group

Get feedback and answers to your questions from me and your fellow program attendees to keep you on track or finally conquer a hurdle you've been stuck on.

(A $449 value)

The total value of all of the above?


But because you will be a part of the inaugural group for this program, and I will need extra feedback from you to ensure you get a top-notch program and experience, I am offering you this program at a super reduced rate of just...



  • Access to Functional Floor Plans
  • Kitchen Design Guide
  • Private Facebook Group

Still on the fence?

Functional Floor Plans is perfect for you if:

  • You are just getting started in your home planning journey and want to make sure you do it right
  • You have been trying to find the right floor plan but haven't quite found 'the one'
  • You want to have a big part in designing your own home
  • You are building something completely custom, or are allowed to make changes to a builder's selection of plans
  • You are afraid that you might make a design mistake that you won't be able to afford to fix
  • You are excited to design the home of your dreams
  • You can't wait to learn how to make a floor plan that flows well together and takes advantage of the best parts of your property
  • You're ready to put in the work to make the absolute best floor plan for your family

Does this sound like you?

Then let's get you on the list for the new program roll out! You will be emailed with the payment and enrollment information two weeks before the start date so when the first module is released, you'll be able to get started right away. Signing up here doesn't mean you are committed, it just means you'll be on the list to hear once enrollment starts.