When you embark on your mission to build the home of your dreams, it can be confusing. You might have an idea of the type of home you’d like to build, but what will it look like? What is the best way to maximize space in a way that not only provides you with the home you’ve envisioned but also is comfortable, energy-efficient and will grow with you into the future? One of the best ways you can visualize your dream home is by developing a house plan.
When looking for house plans the first questions to answer is what type of home do you want
One place you can begin on your house plan adventure is the Internet. There are many sites that have house plans for you to view, some even providing you with the ability to look for plans specific to the square footage, number of bedrooms and baths, and garage options. Usually, you can buy these plans, but some can be very expensive, so be prepared for those costs if you decide to purchase the plans. Additionally, most of these sites offer a rough estimate of the overall cost of the building project, which can be helpful as you plan your budget.
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The main benefit of reviewing online house plans is that they can help you get an idea of how much space you’ll need for the number of rooms you’d like. For instance, if you need five bedrooms and three baths, you’re probably going to need something larger than a 1,200 sq. ft. home. Plus, viewing plans can help you decide what type of home you’d like to build – are you looking for something sleek and contemporary, or would you prefer to build a warm, inviting little bungalow? House plans can help you decide.
Developing your house plans with an architect is the next step. Enlisting the aid of an architect is important, because even the best house plans available on the internet can’t help you take into account other very important factors. Your architect will visit the physical site to determine physical factors, like possibilities for alternate energy (solar panels or personal windmill), planning rooms so you get the best view, and determining if you’ll need to consider such issues as drainage and flooding. While online house plans can act as a catalyst for your dream home, an architect will help you develop a solid plan that takes into account those subtle nuances.
Your architect can also work with you to determine how the attic and cellar space will be used, the type of insulation that will work best for your build, and additional considerations like garages, decking, and landscaping. The type of home you plan to build is also an important factor. Are you looking at manufactured housing, custom construction, a log home, or something completely different? You’ll want to consider the many different types of homes as you develop your plans.
When you decide that it’s time to get in touch with an architect to help you create your house plans, the Home Builders and Remodelers of Mohawk Valley is here to help. We have a number of architects in our membership who want to help you build your dream home. Contact us today in order to find an architect in your area.