Here’s a little how-to guide for finding the perfect house plan for you. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll soon end up with your Dream Home.
Step 1: Name Your Budget
This is simply how much house you can afford. Don’t think purely square footage here. You may be able to afford a 4,000 square foot home, but how nice will it be. If you want granite countertops, or green technology, you might need to reduce the size of your home. Talk to some builders about prices; research your finance options, etc. This will give you a clear idea of the investment you’ll be making.
Step 2: List Your Needs
What do you and your family need? How many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, how much storage space? Think bare minimum here. What could you live with if absolutely necessary? Next, think of individual needs. Dad needs an office, Mom needs a craft room, Jimmy needs a place to play, and Susie needs her own bathroom, etc. Write all of these down in an organized list and keep it handy.
Step 3: List Your Wants
You have liberty to dream here, but keep your budget in mind. Again, remember to gauge your wants, like granite countertops and crown molding, with the size of your home. You don’t often see 5,000 + square foot homes with Formica countertops and Vinyl flooring. Put all of these wants on paper in an organized list and keep it handy.
Step 4: Prioritize
You’ll probably have to compromise on certain things when building a home, so be prepared. What is really most important? Think in long term. What will be important to you then? You don’t have to cross anything off your list, but just be ready when decision time comes.
Step 5: Learn Your Codes
It’s a good idea to have at least a basic knowledge of your local codes and regulations. Lot restrictions, for example, are very important. They’ll decide not only the width and depth of your home, but also the height. Consider your foundation as well. If you can build a basement, then you can look for smaller homes. The square feet in an unfinished basement don’t count until they’re finished and heated.
Step 6: Search
The Plan Collection has nearly 16,000 plans of all different architectural styles, and many more to add. We have plans to match any region in the U.S. or Canada. This can create a “Needle in the Haystack” situation. Use the Advanced Search for more options. Take time to look at the results thoroughly. Don’t skip the pencil drawings. They might be a little harder to visualize, but many of them are hidden treasures. This is when you will find yourself compromising and you’ll be glad you prioritized your wants and needs. If you need help searching, give us a call.
Step 7: Asking Questions
Much of the information you’ll need is provided for each plan on our website. Read the specifications thoroughly. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions article that can handle many other concerns. If you can’t find it on the site, or if you’re just unsure of the answer, then feel free to call or email us. We’re happy to assist you in any way possible.
We hope that your search is going well. You can find what you’re looking for at The Plan Collection. After all, with nearly 16,000 plans and plenty more to come, it’s just a matter of finding it!