Infographic: The Home Building Process

The decision to build a new home is one of the most significant choices a person will make in their lifetime. With thousands of choices to be made along the way, the home building process can bring be unnerving. However, with the right amount of preparation, you can be relaxing in the home of your dreams before you know it.

Choosing Your Home Floor Plans

One of the first decisions you will make regarding your dream home is choosing the home floor plan that is best suited to your lifestyle. When making your selection, be sure to start with the basics. Determining the size and regional limitations that may be in place for your house will provide you with a good starting point to begin your search. From there, you can begin to consider your personal budget and design style needs.

Once you have narrowed down your search a good bit, try making a pros and cons list to help you distinguish your needs from your wants. Additionally, pay careful consideration to any potential modifications you may be able to make to your home floor plan, allowing you to custom create the perfect design for your family’s needs. If you ever find yourself stuck in your search for your new home floor plan, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Often, a professional will be an extremely valuable resource and help you decide on the ideal floor plan.

Finding a Builder or Contractor

Once you have selected the perfect floor plan for your dream home, the next step in the home building process is arranging for the services of the right builder or contractor. Your choice of builder or contractor will ultimately be a deciding factor on how your home turns out.

One of the best ways to begin your search is to get referrals from the people you trust. Do an extensive amount of research before settling on your builder, verifying all licenses and viewing their recent projects to examine their quality and workmanship. Additionally, ask any potential contractor or builder for a list of client references, allowing you to discuss the quality of the builder’s work with some previous clients. Once you have chosen a builder, make certain that you understand all of the terms of the contract, saving you the potential of future headaches or hidden costs as your project moves forward.

The Building Process of Your New Home

Once all of the finer details of the floor plan and builder are sorted out, it is time to move your dream home project into the building phase. Having a better understanding of this basic process will help you to follow your home from start to finish.

The first step is to prepare the site and pour the foundation for the home. Once the foundation of the home has cured, an inspector visits the worksite to make sure everything is in order and up to code before giving his approval to begin the framing phase of your house. The basic rough frame is completed while plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems are all prepared to go into place. Upon completion, each of these aspects are inspected once more for compliance with building codes.

Once approved, the pieces start falling into place, from the installation of insulation to the assembly of the drywall and interior textures. From this point, the rest of the interior and exterior are completed piece by piece before a final inspection and issuance of a certificate of occupancy. After a final walkthrough, your dream home is ready for move-in day.

Planning and building your dream home is an exciting time for everyone involved. Keep your process as simple as possible and begin your search for the perfect home floor plan with Donald A. Gardner Architects. For over 30 years, the team at Donald A. Gardner Architects has been revolutionizing the home floor plan industry, offering extensive resources and timeless designs to suit any homeowner’s needs. They’ll even help you find a builder in your area who has experience building floor plans from Donald A. Gardner Architects. What are you waiting for? Begin the search for your dream home today!

The Home Building Process

Video Tour of the Birchwood Plan #1239

The Birchwood Plan #1239 is a popular Craftsman home design with tons of amazing features. We’ve put together a video tour of the home located in Hartsville, SC.

Take a look around the Birchwood Plan in this short video!

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Three car garage with extra storage.
  • Formal dining room with buffet nook.
  • Large kitchen with island and walk-in pantry.
  • Master suite with unique sitting room.
  • Walk-in closets in each bedroom.

Decorative ceilings top nearly every room in this Arts & Crafts ranch, starting with the 12’ ceiling in the foyer. The dining room has a large window and a buffet nook for furniture. The gourmet kitchen includes a walk-in pantry, island, and a pass-through to the great room, and the breakfast room leads to the screened porch with fireplace.

First Floor Plan of The Birchwood - House Design 1239

Each bedroom features special ceiling treatments, a walk-in closet, and full bathroom. A large utility room with a sink is conveniently placed down the hall from the secondary bedrooms. The master suite has porch access, dual walk-in closets, and a sitting room surrounded by views. The master bathroom is a spa-like retreat with dual vanities, a walk-in shower, built-ins and a vaulted ceiling.

Bonus Room Floor Plan of The Birchwood - Home Design 1239

View plan details for the Birchwod #1239

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PLAN OF THE WEEK: Living on Two Levels

Our featured plans over and under 2500 sq. ft. this week include a small two-story and a sprawling hillside walkout.

The Luxembourg Plan #979

The Luxembourg - Two Story House Plan 979
3 beds, 2.5 baths, 1797 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Large garage storage area with outside access.
  • Volume ceilings with open balcony upstairs.
  • 349sq. ft. of flexible bonus space.
Grand entrance

This traditional two-story plan combines stone and stucco with gables and arched windows for a stunning façade. The grand portico leads to an impressive, open floor plan. Built-in cabinetry, open balcony, and a fireplace enhance the great room, while an angled counter separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook. Extra storage can be found in the garage, master suite, and utility room.

Second Floor Plan of The Luxembourg - House Design 979First Floor Plan of The Luxembourg - House Floor Plan 979

The Butler Ridge Plan #1320-D

Artist's Rendering of the Butler Ridge - Home Plan 1320-D
4 beds, 4 baths, 2896 sq. ft.

Home Design Quick Facts:

  • Exceptionally open kitchen with plenty of workspace.
  • Well-appointed master suite with porch access.
  • Basement rec room with fireplace.

This hillside walkout design has Old World and rustic influences found throughout. The vaulted great room opens out to a covered porch with skylights, while the spacious single dining room accesses a screened porch with views all around. The kitchen has room for multiple chefs to work and a walk-in pantry for plenty of storage. A mudroom greets you by the garage, and a separate utility room includes a sink and counter space. The lower level enjoys a rec room and two bedrooms – each with their own bathroom.

First Floor Plan of The Butler Ridge - Home Floor Plan 1320-D

Basement Floor Plan of The Butler Ridge - Home Design 1320-D

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New Video: Small Home Plans

Watch our new video showcasing 5 of our best small house plans!

Explore a selection of small home plans by Don Gardner, each featuring European styling and thoughtful details. We invite you to search for home designs on our site. The Sorvino, The Rowan, The Hazelwood, The Ivy Creek and The Runnymeade are some of Don Gardner’s most popular small house plans.

Here are links to the details on each of the featured small home designs:

We offer a large collection of home designs with European influences. You can search the entire collection on our website and sort them by important features: Square footage (low or high), number of stories, number of bedrooms, house width, or see what’s new! View all European house plans by Donald A. Gardner Architects HERE.

Are you looking for the perfect home within a specific square footage range? Our Advanced Search page is the place to start. Plug in your desired square footage and specify any other features that are important to you to narrow down your floor plan search.

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Thanks for visiting the House Plans Blog presented by Donald A. Gardner Architects. Whether you're in the process of building a new home or in the beginning stages of trying to find a house plan, you will find a wealth of information to help you select the best floor plan, tips on the building process, and information about products and finishes for your new house.