Whether you’re trying to add a fancy new west wing to your house or tackle an entirely brand new home DIY-style, you need a building plan. Without one, your project could end up looking like a six-year-old’s popsicle stick project. Because trust us, it’s not as simple as grabbing a box of nails, some 2 x 4s, and your old man's hammer.
But before you go and get your plumbing all twisted in knots, we’ve done some prep work for you. We’ve gathered a bunch of information about house building plans to help get you started. Let’s do this.
Plain and simple, a house plan is a drawing of your potential home or addition. It includes the measurements you’ll need to follow, dimensions, layouts, installation methods and techniques for the build.
Your house plan is going to be your go-to for the majority of the work you need to do, no matter the scale of the project. You stick to that, maybe some YouTube vids, and your project should end up a success.
The ultimate purpose of a house plan is to provide a blueprint of every part of your home. According to sources, your typical house plan will include the following building necessities:
Once you’ve decided you’re going to tackle that new home addition or complete build, you’ll need to find the right plan for your needs. And remember, you’ll need a bunch of copies of the plan, too. You’re going to need a copy for your own personal records and some extras for any builders, contractors, your lending institution and the local building department.
Building plans come in all shapes and sizes, too. And the good news is, there is no shortage of resources to find the right one. You just gotta look.
Just like ordering a pizza, the easiest and quickest way to find a house plan is online. There are countless websites that offer paid and even free house plans online. Heck, a quick trip to the Googles will unlock some of our favorite house plan sites, like:
Now, maybe you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for online. Or maybe you’re a Type-A personality with your home already perfectly mapped out in your mind. In these cases, you can always find an architect to draw up your plan for you.
But what if you’re just trying to make changes to your existing home and need a current detailed layout to reference? Or maybe you want to recreate your existing home in a whole new state. If that’s your story, you’ll need to chat with your local permit agency or records office and they’ll get you squared away.
Totally depends, really. If you download a house plan from the Internet, the cost can range anywhere from totally free to totally $5,000—it all comes down to the types of modifications you want to make.
But hiring an architect to draw up your dream house plan is around $4,000 for a 2,500 square foot home. An advantage here is that an architect will listen to your needs, wants and concerns to help tailor the plan to your best interests.
The decision all comes down to you. It may be best to first search the Web for the house/additions you’re looking for and examine the cost and quality of the plans. If that works with your hopes and budget, download and print it. If not, it may be best to travel the architect path for exactly what you’re looking for.
Finding the right plan for your home can feel a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry. Try using these tips to make the process go more smoothly.
Well, there you have it. Now, we obviously couldn’t cover everything you’ll need to know, but we hope we laid a nice foundation to get you started. Finding the right house plan is an easy way to get a jump-start on your dream home, and with countless house plans online and a few of our helpful tips, you’re definitely off to a great start.
Hammer’s up, everyone.
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