January 7th, 2020
When it is time to build your home, you want to make sure that the plan you choose is going to be the right fit. So, before you choose a stock plan over a more customized option, you should really answer a few questions first.
What does this plan offer you that you don't have in your current home?
Some of the more obvious answers are typically more storage, bigger bedrooms, more bedrooms, better bathrooms, and more entertaining space. However, you also need to look past these and find ways the home plan can improve your lifestyle.
Consider a home office, for example, or fewer stairs to contend with, a larger garage, or even a more efficient laundry room. Think about the problems you have in your current home and find ways to improve on those with your new home.
Will this home be large enough for your family in 5-10 years?
Just because the home you have chosen is the right size now, this may not be true a few years into the future. So, when deciding on your new home plan, you need to keep this in mind. A more flexible house plan allows you to change things up as needed and repurpose rooms to meet other needs and requirements.
Does the home fit in with the building site you have your eye on?
Before you select your new home plan, many home designers actually recommend that you already have the site in mind. You want to be able to see all the different features of the lot as you come up with your ideal floor plan. For example, if you are looking at a narrow or deep lot, then you won't choose a home plan that is better suited for a home that is shallow or wide.
You also need to consider the area's zoning and regulations because this can limit how high the house is and can also be a factor in other building decisions for the home.
How do you want the window placement to be? Which rooms should have the most sun?
After selecting your lot, you can better answer this question because you will be able to see where the sunlight hits the property. You can then use this information to determine where you want the windows to be in order to maximize the natural light and get the best views.
Is the best option for your home a custom design or set house plan?
Homes need to match the style of the neighborhood as well as meet local building codes. Homes are also changed to suit your changing preferences and style. With this in mind, you need to consider if you will need to make extensive changes to the home down the line to make it the house you want or maybe you should choose a more customized design right away. A custom design will typically cost considerably more.
For more information on choosing your home plan, contact Design Basics for more information and to go through all the options available to you.