How to Draw Up a Successful House Plan

To achieve a successful house plan, you need to do these six things.
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Designing a home is one of your life’s most significant moments. It demands so much of your time, effort, and money. At the end of it, your designer must present you a house plan. This is a set of architectural drawings that show the details on how to build your home.

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Check if it’s a good house plan

A house plan consists of several drawings including sectional, elevations, floor plans, interior elevations, reflected ceiling plans, electrical plans, roof plans, and other detailed construction drawings. Your designer must submit a complete set of drawings to you.

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In addition, the plans must reflect a structure that matches your current needs. It must provide design flexibility as well because there are chances that you will renovate or build an extension in the future.

Key to unlock a successful house plan

A good set of architectural drawings is key to good construction. That’s why it’s important to have a successful house plan in the beginning.

Here are the things that you MUST tell your designer:

Your needs and wants

Give your designer quality information and he/she will give you a quality recommendation. Design consultants don’t guess. You need to communicate your requirements, so they can help you plan a home that suits your needs and is within your budget.

Your project’s purpose

It is important for the designer to recognize your reasons for building. Truth is, people’s expectations are higher when they’re building something that they will use versus something that they’ll put out for rent.

So, tell your designer about the purpose of the new room or a house extension or a new house. They always build around your reasons.

Your future plans

If you have plans to extend your home in the near future, tell your designer. He/she must do something to make your future construction easier.

Also, tell them if your plan stages the construction. They usually give free construction advice to homeowners. For instance, staging construction may not be wise if you’re delaying the construction of the main dwelling. But, it’s ok if you’re holding the construction of structures separated from the main building. READ: Why Staging Construction is both a Good and Bad Idea for Homeowners

If you have concerns, do not be afraid to ask for professional help and advice. You may work with our building designers from Adelaide. We also have design professionals based in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth, and Brisbane.

Avoid generic house plans

There is a lot of generic house plans sold online for a low price. Sellers often give buyers huge discounts which tempt a lot of homeowners to buy it.

The thing is, you should not fall for this or at least be swayed by the bargain price. It is 100% better to build a home that suits your location and your site. There are instances when a house plan bought online doesn’t follow the building restrictions in a certain state. The homeowner ended up revising the plans. They paid more than they should’ve and the project got delayed. 

Decide on what type of build you want

This is important. You need to decide what kind of structure you need to build. You need to tell your designer if you want a multi, double or single-storey home. Tell them the architecture style that you fancy as well. These things must come from you because you are building your own home. You only hired a design expert to do heavy work like architectural drawings and construction.

Consider your location and the size of your lot

Residential lots in the city are smaller than the ones in the suburb, right? When you design based on the site, you build a home that fits the reallocation and the land available. There’s no need to scale back or up and you’ll encounter fewer revisions. Liked this article? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.



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