Picking and designing home plans is a blast. One of the nice things about my work in building and remodeling is the chance to learn from various industry professionals. And working with architects to design homes is one of the most fun.
I'd like to share some things I've learned when designing or selecting a smaller home. Smaller house plans require a little more scrutiny and creativity so they feel larger when lived in.
WHAT IS IT YOU REALLY NEED?
If you're thinking of building a smaller home, pay attention to these factors and your home will feel and be more livable.
- One or more rooms should extend wall to exterior wall where possible.
- Keep the interior open and flowing, not cut up.
- Eat in a bigger kitchen and eliminate the formal Dining Room.
- Have French doors open to a screened in or sun room.
- Have plenty of windows in main living areas.
- Try a shared, larger bathroom with a separate toilet room.
- Reduce or eliminate hallways.
- Try a detached garage with plenty of storage in the attic.
- Use vaulted ceilings where possible with a loft.
- Instead of 8 foot ceilings, increase to 10 foot.
Home Plan Design Requires Scrutiny
Use these tips to select pre-made plans or when using an architect. Either way, you should make decisions on what is most important to you in a home. For most, small homes need to feel large and inviting.
The goal is to make the best use of the available space in every place possible. Finding spaces for storage is vital. Combined rooms is a big help. Good design will all but eliminate hallways. This gives more space to popular areas.
Small doesn't have to be cramped. If you list your priorities and put your emphasis on what's most important, you'll get what you really want despite the size. Happy homebuilding!
When starting a new home design (or any building or development project) it is important to know what it is that you want. It sounds simple but it is not necessarily so.
Let's look at a few of the things to consider for a new home design: Of course the basics of how many bedrooms, bathrooms, garage or carport. Also for consideration: Who will be living there? What are the lifestyles? Are there children? What are their ages? Are they in school, college? How many people of driving age? Are there boats? RV's? Quads? Is time spent outdoors playing, swimming, BBQ? Is the family "on the go" or is dinner time spent together? How many years is anticipated for ownership of this home. Are there any handicapped residents? Is there the possibility in the foreseeable future that part of the home will have to be handicap accessible? This list goes on and on. Each answer to the questions above opens the door to other questions. Each project is unique.
Next investigate is the site, know what there is to work with and what are possible constraints. How can alignment of the home added to energy savings (Passive Solar)? Where are the best views? Is there a view that should be blocked? Is there a possibility that someone can build within the viewshed? Will time be spent in the great room, kitchen? Where can natural light be used to its fullest? Should west windows be limited or eliminated? How does the driveway interact with the main entrance, garage, and most used entrance? Will there be a pool? Can slope be utilized for split level floor plan? Does fill dirt need to be brought in? Is it septic or sewer? Where can the leach field be located? What about an alternative leach field? What are the building setbacks? Are there natural areas to be preserved? Are there CC&R's? Is there a Homeowner's Association? Are there special zoning conditions to adhere to? Is it located in a flood zone? Are there any easements, etc.? Again, just a sampling of questions, each project is unique with its own assets and liabilities.
Know what building code is current in the jurisdiction. Are there any special codes or ordinances to be considered? Lighting Code? Accessibility Code? Hillside Development Ordinances? Green Building Requirements? Fire District Codes? What can be done to maximize the efficiency of the home's energy use and conservation? What are the positive and negative points for solar power? Should and can it be tied to "the grid"? Is it possible to offset the cost of heating of the swimming pool with very little cash outlay? Are low flush toilets really economical or is there a better solution? Is an on-demand water heater really practical and cost effective? What low water use plants will add to the exterior appeal and provide shade for the home? Can a "zoned air conditioning system" save money? What about heat pumps? How about mini-splits?
All of these questions have a place and a function in creating the design that will be translated into a set of Construction Documents to permit and build a new residence.
It can be overwhelming for a novice, but there are many qualified designers, draftsmen, architects, and engineers that can help you move through the process.
Are you in the market for custom home plans? Many people are considering new construction instead of buying existing homes in New Zealand, because it gives them a chance to build their dream home in an ideal location of their choice. Fortunately, there are plenty of different customised house layouts to choose from, including ones that can be created from scratch for buyers if they so choose. Finding the right building construction company for the job is all about considering your own tastes and the type of dwelling that you are interested in, as well as where you want to live. All reputable building construction companies have a website which you can use to view various home plans, most also have show homes that you can visit and walk through to get a better grasp of how your future dwelling could look.
Most house builders are flexible and can provide you with the exact custom home that you are looking for, no matter what that might be. This is something to consider when looking at house floor prints and locations, because you will need to be certain that you find the designs that suit your tastes and needs for your home construction.
Custom home plans are anything that home buyers want them to be. Building construction companies typically have an archive of hundreds of different floor plans or designs that are already pre-fabricated, and all of them can be altered or changed as needed. Additionally, most builders also offer the opportunity to build a house designed from scratch for an additional fee, allowing you to truly get a one-of-a-kind dwelling that you can love for the rest of your life. It's all about finding what works for your needs, regardless of what those needs are, because it is your home. Building a house isn't like buying one that is already standing. Compromises shouldn't be an issue and you should never settle for less than what you want.
Once you have found the right building construction company to work with, you will have to choose which of their custom home plans suit your needs. This will involve considering the lot size, the home size, and the budget that you have to work with. Everyone has their own elements to consider as well, so you should always research and plan carefully so that your dream home is a dream come true and not a nightmare of bad planning and rushed decisions. Keep these tips in mind when you are shopping for custom home designs and plans.