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I don't agree with some of the things these guys try to tell you in these internet articles. My experience doesn't allow me to. I can tell that they don't design homes for a living, because of some of these ideas they come up with. Sounds like their own 'personal wish list / pet peeve stuff to me. .
When homes are designed on the computer, we can zoom to see every square inch of the structure. Four foot hallways are nice, but they are wasted square footage, unless you are designing to accommodate a wheelchair situation. As a first or even second time new home buyer, most folks can't afford the extra square footage that wide halls take up. The International Residential Code mandates minimum three feet wide, and that's adequate. You will most likely be buying a smaller home unless you are well to do. When you are designing a home, 99 percent of all builders want to put that square footage (that has not been added to a wider hallway) into habitable space, or into closets. For example, an additional 16 square feet of hallway costs about $2000 (if you are lucky, and depending upon where the house is being built). Again, hallway is not to be considered to be habitable area, it's really not usable space in most homes.
If you can at all swing it, buy land an build it yourself. I did my last two, one while I was working full time and one while I was retiring.
You will save a bundle and if you can pay as you go, you can avoid a mortgage altogether.
Like many things in life, it may seem daunting but when you take on ohe task at a time, it's rather simple.