I have to agree with Jake about choosing a home that is architecturally appealing. I have built nearly two hundred homes in my career. Most of them have been good solid plans, but there are two or three that I hate to drive by, because they are just not good home plans. The people we built for just insisted on having something like an RV garage that was bigger than the home, or skimped on the curb appeal. Curb appeal should be what you should emphasize with any home plan. However, just a word of caution about choosing a home plan based on curb appeal. Just because a certain plan on www.theplancollection.com has wood siding, this doesn’t mean you can’t use rock, stucco or brick. As long as the basic façade is the design you like, you can always dress it up to your own satisfaction. Don’t be afraid to imagine a house plan with different attire. That is half the fun of building a new home. You don't have to build the plan exactly like it is. You are no longer looking at existing homes on the market, you are starting with a new home, that can be tailored at anytime. Most of our buyers alter their plan by simply red-lining it. If you are using a builder, he or she is used to adjusting plans onsight.