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How to Purchase Online House Plans

It doesn't have to be difficult or time-consuming to find your ideal home. Half of the battle is just figuring out what you're looking for!

Consider which features are the most important to you and your family as you imagine your dream home. Before you review house plans, think about how many floors and rooms are necessary to meet your needs. Architecture is one of the most important characteristics for many people, so you might start by perusing a collection of plans that meet your stylistic requirements in our Architectural Floor Plan Styles.

There are numerous styles available, and there's sure to be some designs that are good fits for your other requirements, too. The floor plans you can examine on each plan page are quite easy to understand and not as complex as blueprints. They can provide you with a good overview of the estimated size and layout of various homes.

We recommend that you review a number of possible home plans and compare them against available lots. Many people prefer to buy their lot site before purchasing their house plans, because it's much easier to purchase a complementary home design than it is to find a lot that works for a specific house. You must be aware of dimensions, of course, but also the slope of the land and soil conditions that might require you to choose a specific type of foundation. Then there's the roof—flat roofs are ideal in mild climates, but sloping roofs are better suited for climates with lots of snow and high wind.

The blueprints that you purchase will include specifications and documents that tell your builder how your new house should be built. We can help you understand how to read your new blueprints, which include front, side and rear elevations, floor plans, the foundation plan, footings and framing information, the roof plan, kitchen cabinet layout, electrical layout, and other construction details.

Additional Features to Consider

Think about how much time you and your family spend outdoors and if you want outdoor living features such as patios, porches, and decks. Do you want a large eat-in kitchen, or would you prefer a formal dining room? Will you want additional spaces for a den, home office, or place for hobbies? Do you like cathedral ceilings or open areas, wood burning fireplaces, large bay windows, or skylights? All these options should be examined while searching for your ideal home plan.

Another important factor to keep in mind is the general location where you plan to build your new home. Examine the existing homes in the area to see what type of style might best fit into the current environment. Some neighborhoods tend toward one style while others have an eclectic mix of homes.

Zoning & Restrictions

While you are in the early planning stages, examine your local zoning requirements. Find out what municipal services are offered in the area and know the requirements and costs associated with getting hooked up. Be sure to ask some important questions, such as:

  • What are the estimated taxes?
  • Are there restrictions on the size or type of house you can build?
  • Are there zoning laws to prevent an industrial or other business from being built nearby?

As you narrow your search for an appropriate lot, find out if there are any easement restrictions that could affect how you can use your property. It's always better to get all the information up front so you don't have to change your plans later.

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