Home Building PlansBuying a house is not an easy feat. If you are buying a ready-built house, chances are the floor plan is not really to your specifications. You might have spent some considerable time already looking for that perfect dream house. Ready-built houses are not unique for the same floor plan is used to build several units. Some features that could make your ready-built home different from the rest are its exterior colour or details in the finishing - like bricks or stucco. When planning on buying a new house, it is best to also consider building one from scratch so you can finally realize your dream house. If you have decided to build your own house, here are the necessary steps that you should take.
Buy the building land first.
If you already have a parcel of land for your new house, so much the better. If not, you could always look for a realtor to find a plot for you. It is important that you know exactly what you want in terms of land features. How much space do you want? What area do you want to build tour house? What are the structures that you foresee adding in the future? These are important issues that you need to address. You don't want to end up building your house in the mountain when you wanted one to be built near the waterfront. Check the quality of soil as there are certain types of soil that are not suited to be built on. Once you have found the lot and the necessary fund to buy it, and then purchase the land.
Customized or Ready-Made Building Plans?
It's time to look for the perfect home building plans for you and your family. Browse online for ideas. There are thousands of house plans that are available online. There are magazines too that you can peruse for various house plans and building ideas too. Here are some points to consider when choosing home building plans.
- Discuss the issue with your family. It is important to get their opinions too for they would also live in the same house.
- Consider your lifestyle. Do you entertain a lot? If you do, you need a large space for entertaining. Do you need a den for your office or recreation area? What other pertinent areas or amenities do you need for your house? This is the time to discuss each aspect and come out with the best possible and plausible floor plan.
- You should also consider the contour of your lot to avoid waste and unnecessary cut and fill that could cost you tons of money. It is best to fit the house into the land than vice versa.
- Be open-minded. Don't be frustrated if you can't readily find the right blueprint for your new house. All floor plans have possibilities.
- Exterior look is not the key point in looking for a floor plan as exterior can be changed. It is more important to look at the interior plan. Note that floor plans can be tweaked too. If the floor plan you are considering is a one-car garage affair and you want a two-car garage, modifications can be done.
- Every floor plan has a potential. Just use your imagination. If you prefer to have a den instead of a family room, it could be done.
- If you think you have found the floor plan closest to your dream house, then grab it. You can, with the help of your contractor or architect make changes in size the total living area.
If you can't find the right home building plans for your house, then consider getting the services of a professional builder or architect.
Choose your building architect
If you weren't able to choose a ready-made blueprint for your new house, then get an architect. You can ask friends for recommendations. You can also find architects in the local yellow pages or search online. Once you have found an architect set an appointment so you can discuss your vision and personally show him or her the actual site. Talk to two or three more architects so you can have more options. Here are some points that need clarification between you and the architect.
- Size of the house and number of stories you want. This aspect includes the number of bedrooms, toilet and bath, garage size that you want plus additional amenities such as recreation room, attic, basement, walk-in closet, lanai or porch and balcony aside from the usual living, dining and utilities.
- Your budget and construction cost.
- Be realistic! It is hard to put "pipe dreams" into actual drawings.
Choose the architect that you think can meet your needs. Once chosen the architect can now start to draw the schematics for your house, present it to you and make modifications if need be. Once you are satisfied with the schematics the architect can then draw the first draft. The first preliminary drawings are important because this is when you will be able to see the concept of the architect as he or she executes your dream house. Make sure that you study the initial floor plans very well and ask as many questions that you can think of. There might be hidden errors and gaps that you can't see so it's best to have someone who knows a little about reading floor plans to take a look too. Sometimes, getting the opinion of a potential building contractor is favourable at this stage too.
Note that any change in room or area dimension has an overall effect on the whole building plan. Don't be indecisive at this point as any changes during the actual construction would greatly affect the cost of the building. Have you decided on the basement yet? If not this is the stage where you must decide if you want one constructed. Before making your decision final, then better solicit the advice of the architect. Adding a full basement is expensive. If you decide not to put one now but change you decision at mid-construction, then that would really cost you!