It's challenging to find the perfect blueprints to build your new home. There are thousands of house plans available online these days, and that can make it harder even though there are more designs that fit your criteria. But don't be discouraged—many thousands of families have found their new homes with The House Designers!
There are a number of things to keep in mind as you peruse home plans on websites and perhaps in magazines and books. This is a big investment, so take sufficient time to make sure the plans you purchase are exactly what you and your family want and need. Whether you're looking for a particular architectural style first and foremost, or there's another specialty feature at the top of your list, there are many items to consider before you break ground and begin building your dream home.
If you need some search guidance to help you find the best home plans online, read Tips to Finding Your Perfect House Plan. You'll learn tips and tricks to more quickly and easily find house plans that meet your requirements. Choosing products to finish your home is also an important step that personalizes stock blueprints into beautiful places to live. Product choices are part of your overall new home investment, so do your research ahead of time and make informed decisions on the products used to construct your new home.
As you search through house plans, don't forget to think about landscaping and the views from all of the windows in each home. Many people overlook this and end up with little to no budget for landscaping or outdoor living space, or they fail to position their floor plan the best way. You can orient your home on your lot to capture gorgeous views and/or to accommodate a pool or patio—so think about this if you might want a pool now or in the future.
Before you purchase your construction drawings, be sure to clarify exactly what your local planning and zoning department requires from house blueprints. Call the planning and zoning office and ask if you need an architectural seal or engineer seal to build a home in the area. Also find out if any specific structural details like roof loads or wind or seismic considerations are necessary. You might need to have certain details added to your blueprints. It's best to know all expenses upfront because some online plan companies do not allow you to return your plans. The House Designers offers an exchange policy to make sure you're completely satisfied with your house plans, but not all online companies offer this!
After you choose the perfect house design, take the time to select a good builder, unless you're prepared to act as your own general contractor. The best way to find a competent builder is from a referral. Check out our article Choosing a Contractor to help you find the best possible candidate to transform your blueprints into your dream home.
If you want personal assistance to find your dream house plan, email, live chat or call our team of seasoned, courteous home plan search specialists at (888) 795-6803. The House Designers is happy to help you find the perfect plan!