By Charles Richardson
Dream home. The name implies perfection. Of course, rule number one about building your dream home is realizing that there is no such thing as a perfect home. Recognizing that on the front end will save you a lot of heartache and frustration. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t get very close, or that you can’t enjoy the building process—you can, on both counts. The key is remaining open-minded and flexible. That applies whether you’re building a new home, or buying a home and renovating it to your specifications. Either way, your “ideal home” plans will likely require unexpected changes and alterations.
Here are a few things to consider as you begin the process of making your dream home a reality:
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Which is the better choice–in terms of quality and structural integrity–for building my house:
2×4 framing or 2×6?
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Buying a house floor plan online offers quite a few benefits. Shopping online gives you the ability to browse through thousands of sizes and styles and gives you the option of making customizations to personalize your ideal home floor plan. This method costs much less when compared to hiring a designer to create a custom plan for your house. Buying a house plan online is quick and easy, allowing you to start the building process faster.
These days there are many websites offering single story home plans and small home plans with thousands of plans to choose from. This could make the process of choosing the right home floor plan a bit overwhelming, so be sure to shop at a respected and professional designer website and keep the following tips in mind:
List the Requirements of Your Dream Home
Before actually beginning your search for a new home floor plan, assess your personal needs in a home. There are a wide range of factors to consider when choosing your home floor plan, such as the number of rooms, overall floor space, number of bathrooms and bedrooms etc. By first listing the requirements of your dream home, you can help to narrow down your search and find the home design that is specifically tailored to your personal lifestyle needs.
Evaluate a House Plan Website
There are a lot of online plan services that offer house designs. In order to keep your search focused, try a couple of these sites in order to best determine which one would work for your personal lifestyle needs. Begin by making an assessment of the usability of the site’s interface. Can you narrow down your search by specific criteria? Is it easy to find answers to your questions? Is there an option to save your search criteria or your favorite house plans without too much effort?
Most websites sell both AutoCAD drawings and reproducible plans that can easily be changed to meet your needs. They may also offer customization and modification services. Are the customizations being completed by their designers in-house, or are they being outsourced to 3rd party designers? The prices for all these services and plans should be presented clearly.
Before settling on any one home plan website, consider the additional features that are offered. Extra customer service options like one-on-one help, technical support, building resources, etc., can be vital to completing your new home. While often overlooked, these simple considerations may save you time and hassle in your search for a new home plan.
Browse for a House Plan
After determining which website you like, you can begin the search for your house plan. When you start your search, several different styles and plans are sure to catch your eye. Save your favorites to allow future comparisons and determine if your tastes are changing as your search continues over time. When you narrow your search to a final list, take some time to visualize how a plan would look when it is built. Does this home fit your personal and lifestyle needs? One way to better visualize a house plan is to measure out the dimensions of your existing home, and compare them to your new home plan. Make sure your new home plan has additional space where you want it, or that it can be easily modified if some simple changes are needed to perfect your home plan.
When in doubt, don’t be afraid to seek out the professional advice of an architect or designer. Many will be glad to help you choose the proper home floor plan that is suitable for your individual needs. At Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc. we have been providing our customers with timeless design and functional living for over 35 years. We aim to be the most highly respected provider of pre-designed home floor plans, offering exceptional customer service, customizable style options and a wealth of amenities to each one of our home designs. Whether you’re looking to build a countryside cottage or a castle, let the experts at Donald A. Gardner design your dream home today!