Choosing a house plan for your custom built home can often be overwhelming. There are so many different choices that a person can easily get lost wading through them all. But with a lot of studying and careful thought, you can create a guide to help you choose your perfect plan.
Before you even start looking at house plans, you should begin thinking about who will be living in your house. Do you have a big family? Do you hope to start a family soon? What about special considerations for your family members such as an elderly person who doesn`t handle stairs well or someone in a wheelchair? Your dream home should fit your family members and leave a little room to grow if necessary.
Another important aspect in your house plan would be how you plan to live in your home. Maybe you like having people over for big family dinners. Then you`ll definitely want a large dining room. Or maybe you want to be able to see what`s going on in the living room while you`re working in the kitchen. There are house plans with the kitchen open to the great room for just this reason. What types of hobbies do you and your family members have? If you`ve got a cook in your family, you`ll want to make sure that your kitchen has room for all of those important gadgets that seem to go with cooking. These types of considerations will also factor heavily into choosing your house plan.
The next thing to start thinking about requires you a few field trips. As you are out and about, look around. You know you`ve seen houses before that you instantly loved. What about that house appealed to you? Maybe it was the columned porch; maybe it was the large windows; or maybe it was the arched front door. Before you start looking through plan books, it will be helpful to have a clear picture in your head of what you do and don`t like. Bear in mind, that nothing is concrete yet. However, knowing which styles suit you can help narrow down your list of choices even further.
Finally, the least fun, but possibly most practical, consideration in choosing a home plan is cost. Although some costs can be controlled during the construction process by choosing more or less expensive finishes or appliances, there is a certain portion of cost that is determined solely by the size of your house. You`ll want to find out the average cost per square foot in your area to help you determine how much house you can afford to build. Remember to leave room for overages so that you`re not suddenly out of money as you near the end of your big project.
Now that you`ve started compiling your list of “must have” characteristics for your house, you can start looking for plans that meet those needs. The process will still be long, but armed with your list, you`re already way ahead of the game. Happy home hunting!