Make your home live larger through organization and a few thoughtful design choices.
The Marley – 2046 sq ft
Small house plans have a number of benefits, but if you’re craving space, it may feel like a small plan won’t work for you. The good news is there are a number of ways you can make a small house plan feel quite a bit larger. If you have a small home or are planning to build — and need to build small — here are some tips to make your small house plan feel larger.
Building a new home requires that you find the right home plan and the right team to build the home.
That team will be led by a general contractor. Taking time to plan when hiring a general contractor will help ensure you get a good fit. Here are some hiring-a-contractor tips that will guide you in finding the right one.
Asking for recommendations will help you start the search, but look for recommendations from people who have worked with a contractor. Has someone you know recently built a home or done a major remodeling project? Talk to this person about his or her experience. If he or she had a positive experience with a contractor, add that contractor to your list of people to call. Starting with vetted professionals endorsed by those you trust should cut your research time significantly.
Your builder will be the most important person helping to make your dream home a reality. This is a relationship that will last for months (if not longer), so it’s crucially important to find the right fit. But where should you start?
I spoke with two people who were kind enough to share their time and insights: Echo Jones, 31, Sales & Marketing Assistant at Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc., who (together with her husband) is in the process of building a new home and her home builder Todd Usher, who is also president of Addison Homes (addison-homes.com), a home building company located in Greenville, South Carolina.
Building a home is a time filled with excitement, as you work to personalize and perfect your dream home. Yet with an increasing number of choices comes more chances to make a mistake. If you’re tackling the job of building your own home, you will want to avoid these common missteps to ensure the finished project is what you want and fits within your budget.
If you are planning to build your own home, it helps to meet with at least three builders to talk about your options. A good home builder will be able to help you understand the different phases of the home building process. They will focus on keeping you informed about the different requirements of building your new house, and how long it will take. Selecting your home builder is as big a step as selecting your dream home plan. Here are some tips to help you find the right home builder.