Choosing a House to Buy and Remodel

Buying a first home is an experience we will probably remember for a long time. A time of feeling that a long held need had finally come to pass. In reality it was the first step of a continuing journey. Now this journey both good and bad, is a real learning curve. There were a…

Buying a first home is an experience we will probably remember for a long time. A time of feeling that a long held need had finally come to pass. In reality it was the first step of a continuing journey. Now this journey both good and bad, is a real learning curve.

There were a lot of things about buying and owning a house that I did not know or was not told. It's amazing how quickly you learn when you have to.

From the start my wife and I decided to get a new house built. I would have to say that from the time we first started looking at display homes from the countless house builders, until the time we signed off to have our house built would have been a good three years. The reason why it took so long was that I wanted to pay off our car loan. Purchase the major things we needed like white goods, basic furniture and other electrical goods. This was on top of saving for an initial deposit for the house.

Looking back out of all the financial products I could buy, I wished that I had not bought that car – it was such a lemon, a great financial loss and basically a major set back. I could have used the money that it devalued by, towards the house. Knowing what I know now, if I was in that same situation again I would buy a car that I know would last me a good ten years. The last thing you need when you are buying your first home is a car that needs constant repair or attention.

Have you heard the saying champagne taste on a beer budget? Well if you had not, although we did until we started looking at display homes. Basically the saying means you do not have enough money to buy what you like or what you are looking at. It felt like that with nearly all the houses we looked at. I guess listening to all the people who said it's impossible to get your dream home, all my life, I had almost started believing them. I had the small grass hopper mentality.

That mentality that I could not do it had to go, it was holding me back from even deciding on what houses I liked. That all changed when I saw I was going everywhere fast and we would be stuck in the same situation forever. Then one day after much thought we sat down and decided what type of house we would want and how we were going to manage to afford it. Now the type of house design we wanted was decided, this would eliminate looking at homes that did not meet our initial criteria.

Our next step was to look at the type of houses that fitted the criteria that we decided on. Now one thing became identical by looking at countless display houses is that for any given price the ultimate choice comes down to two elements. Ready for some important information! The two elements basically boil down to either size or features. This finding would mainly apply to people who are buying a spec house or a display home.

Regarding size or features of the house, means that if you want a house full of features you will be absolutely buying a smaller house. If size is all that maters, do not expect all the bells and whistles (extras) to be included in the price. It can also be a compromise where the two meet in the middle. Think of it as a sliding scale with a small house with a large number of options on one end and a large house with very little or no options on the other. I went more for size then extras figuring that we can do them ourselves later. This really is an option if you have a lot of patience (as we discovered later) and do not have I want it now mindset.

The other reason why we chose a larger more basic house to start off with is that we have the space we need. We know without a doubt that we will not need to extend later on. After asking a few builders or home remodel contractors on their thoughts, all told us it is cheaper to have the size built in at the start then to have it done later on. Finishing off items like tiling, flooring etc. in certain areas, I knew I could do later on or to organize instead.

Look out for later posts on financing, getting the house built and moving in.

Want to Give a New Look to Your Home Designs?

There are thousands of styles for your home designs available in the magazines, market and online market yet if you want to have a perfect home design; it should start it with yourself as this is always what you want and need. There are lots of other home designs you can choose from that go…

There are thousands of styles for your home designs available in the magazines, market and online market yet if you want to have a perfect home design; it should start it with yourself as this is always what you want and need.

There are lots of other home designs you can choose from that go well with your house. However, the most popular would be the contemporary or minimalists style. Always remember that selecting your home style or designs for your house or business can sometimes be a tricky job. Buyers many times feel perplexed because of the huge selections around the market today. Also, they are, at times mislead by low quality home designs and style that attract consumers with their low costs.

At this moment, when you come to a decision on doing a house design, the first thing that you must consider is to have a clear idea about your needs and wants, and the things that you must have with your house. Making a list will certainly help you use this list as a direct when you go shopping for your house designs and style in the market or online. It is very important to do your homework first to avoid spending your money with something that you can never use in the long haul. Be careful not to get puzzled by the diversity of products accessible in the market and online. The answer is to put your head down, take your time, and focus your consideration in the general picture.

Tips For Home Additions That Can Add Value to Your Home

One of the obvious roles of home additions is improving your living condition as well as increasing the value of the property. You house will easily be developed when you add living room, kitchen, entertainment room and so on. Come to think of it, being able to develop those room where you and your family…

One of the obvious roles of home additions is improving your living condition as well as increasing the value of the property. You house will easily be developed when you add living room, kitchen, entertainment room and so on. Come to think of it, being able to develop those room where you and your family normally argue over the space would no longer have to fight over them.

When in terms of planning to have home additions, your option will depend on your available funds as well as your needs. It is a lot easier to materialize everything if you are aware of the expenses that you need and your plans on what kind of home addition you want to do. Normally, if you put everything in a hurry, you will certainly mess up and get unfavorable results. And this is the last thing you want to happen to you, right? So to avoid these undesired outcome, go over some of these tips on how to make you home addition project organized.

Initially, you have to plan everything. You have to determine what part of the house should the addition be constructed. The kind of room that you want to add and the available facilities which you can use later one. These are some of the things that should be included in your plan. Make sure to discuss these matters with the experts so they can guide you with the entire process.

When you come up with a design, make sure that it is compatible with the look of your house. Of course, you can not just think of any room without considering the entire look of your house. You can consult a reliable architect and interior designer about these things so they can help you come up with a good theme. They are said to be more experienced than you are so it is pays to listen to them. Beside, they are there to help you make your plan look better and not change it. So you do not have to worry if things will not go on the way you wanted it to be.

Of course, after you have discussed everything to the builders, you should be able to specifically tell them how the room would look like. You have to be detailed-oriented so they can adjust to your preferences. After all, you are their boss. They work for you. So they will always consider what you want to happen to the project. Their role is to put everything into proper order.

Keep in mind that the expenses will be spent in the project will depend on the kind of home addition you want. You have to be careful in setting your budget since you may not notice the hidden charges later on. Make sure to reserve extra money since the cost will vary when you start choosing the final details for the room. This is typically the problem of other homeowners who have not predicted the costs of minor details. Here, they end up broke after the project.

Home additions are great form of investments. They increase the value of your house once you decide to sell it later on. If you decide to do some home addition project, do not forget the tips mentioned above. They will certainly be of big help to you once you begin the process.

In the Doghouse – A Brief Overview of Canine-Inspired Architecture

Iconic images from American history often include white picket fences, tree-lined drives and a Ford parked in the garage. Moving the lens over the fence and into the backyard you will find another American tradition that continues to this day, even in the era of more modern house plans: the doghouse. Dogs have been a…

Iconic images from American history often include white picket fences, tree-lined drives and a Ford parked in the garage. Moving the lens over the fence and into the backyard you will find another American tradition that continues to this day, even in the era of more modern house plans: the doghouse.

Dogs have been a tradition at The White House since the birth of the United States. Countless dogs and kennels have popped up over the years at the request of presidents from Harrison to Eisenhower to Lyndon Johnson; but it was Ronald Regan who built the iconic Rancho del Cielo, or “Ranch in the Heavens” with ranch house plans that greeted the doghouse back as symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Marie Antoinette would have no use for the classic cottage house plans today. She built a neatly doghouse for her royal pooch, complete with the luxuries that the late queen enjoyed herself. She had a fine wood dog house built for her dog and lined it professionally with turquoise silk There was even a dome-shaped detachable lid, for easier cleaning, although it is difficult to imagine her cleaning the doghouse.

But it's not just presidents and queens who wanted to keep man's best friend in style. Famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Gwathmey, who renovated Frank Lloyd Wright's design for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, both created dogs for their dogs. It is not surprising that Wright catered to his favorite dog with the same eye for design that he brought to his iconic homes and buildings. His message, “give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities” seems as if it could be applied to all of the important people and pets in his life.

You do not have to spend a fortune to have a comfortable doghouse for your pet. Pet stores carry a wide range of dogs at a good price point. If you are feeling rather ambitious you can always purchase doghouse plans and then design your pets own dream home.

It's easy to get lost in the glamor of the more opulent doghouse design, but dogs and kennels serve a most basic function: to help dogs feel safe. The doghouse or kennel replicates a dog's genetic instinct as a den animal. In the wild, a den is a dog's home, giving shelter and a sense of security. When owners are out of the house, it is a way for the domestic dog to feel safe even during rainstorms or Forth of July fireworks.

Living on the Water

How many people would love to live on a large body of water, be it an ocean, bay or lake? There is something romantic and genuine about living close to water. Rivers and streams also bring a calmness to a person in their home. Having great house plans just adds that much more quality to…

How many people would love to live on a large body of water, be it an ocean, bay or lake? There is something romantic and genuine about living close to water. Rivers and streams also bring a calmness to a person in their home. Having great house plans just adds that much more quality to the experience. Is there a porch overlooking the water? Can you see it while you do dishes or fix meals?

Maybe you spend more time in an office and want a good view from that room as well. Having the right house floor plan makes that possible. Without the right floor plan, it may still be a good experience but with the right floor plan, it will be a much more fulfilling one. When thinking about a great floor plan things to consider may be sunrise and sunset, wind direction, wherever you will have mosquitoes and other nasty bugs with which you must contend and where you will be spending a significant amount of time so you can strategically place your windows.

You may even want to put in sliding glass doors in those areas where you want to access a porch and have a great view. Think about some of the cottage plans you've seen and how they are laid out. People have been building on the water for as long as people have been building houses. Learn from the best. Copy what you like and leave out that options which do not enhance your life. Not to say you will not come up with something unique, just that most things have been tried at least once and you might want to see if it is so and why it worked or did not work.

Civil Construction Stages

It is always desirable to divide large projects into several civil construction stages which may be independently constructed or on conjunction with each other. For proper progress of civil construction, each stage may be constructed under separate contract. It should be transported out in proper sequence. For this the quantities of work and the duration…

It is always desirable to divide large projects into several civil construction stages which may be independently constructed or on conjunction with each other. For proper progress of civil construction, each stage may be constructed under separate contract. It should be transported out in proper sequence. For this the quantities of work and the duration of civil construction for each stage must be analyzed in advanced. The individual stages should be given time estimates for their execution. The stages for following two typical projects can be listed as below,

Civil construction stages for a highway project:

1. Setting up the plant at the project site,
2. Clearing the site,
3. Earthwork for laying embankment,
4. Civil construction of drainage structure, eg, bridges and culverts,
5. Construction of pavement structure and
6. installation of light poles, road signs and signals.

Construction stages of a new water supply scheme

1. Clearing the site,
2. Construction of a suitable dam type,
3. Construction of spillway and controls,
4. Installation of pumping house,
5. Installation of transmission lines and construction of tunnels,
6. Construction of water treatment plant.

Construction operation

To facilitate the job planning, the construction stages are further divided into several operations. A operation may be defined as a portion of project which may be performed by a classification of laboratories or a single type of equipment. The various operations needed for the construction of an RCC retaining wall can be listed as below,

1. Excavation by machine,
2. Excavation by manual labor,
3. Erection of form work,
4. Placing of reinforcement,
5. Pouring of concrete and
6. Back filling the earth.

Living the Dream With Home Elevators

You may have always had had a dream of owning one of your own home elevators. This dream can now become a reality because the truth of the matter is that it is not expensive to have your own elevator in your home. If you save and budget and way up the advantages with the…

You may have always had had a dream of owning one of your own home elevators. This dream can now become a reality because the truth of the matter is that it is not expensive to have your own elevator in your home. If you save and budget and way up the advantages with the disadvantages you will find that buying a home elevator is actually an excellent idea and is also very valuable for the price that you pay. You need to know that if you have an elderly partner or family member then one of these elevators will be completely beneficial for them. Home elevators are able to provide you with a decent solution for people who need to live independent lives but at the same time have mobility challenges.

There are many wonderful benefits available to you if you decide to invest in one of these home elevators. One of these benefits may be the factor that if you have older people living within your home, they will be able to get around with the use of one of these elevators. Investing in an elevator is going to be a much better option that putting an elderly person into a retirement home. These elevators have been designed in order to be convenient and very easy to use. One of these elevators is guaranteed to enhance the self esteem of any person who may have a mobility challenge. There are many models, styles, types and designs to choose from, which all come with their own unique set of features. You may want to take a look at your individual needs and requirement prior to making a final decision. It does not matter if you are in Florida or Mississippi, the internet is worldwide which means that no matter where you are, you will be able to read about all the different types of elevators which are available to you. Another idea for you would be to read some reviews online in order to determine which model has provided the best use.

You need to know that when it comes to home elevators , they have been designed in order to provide you with maximum levels of both security and stability. They also have been specially designed in order to suit any type of home with any type of decorations or themes that you may have. You can even get one of these elevators custom made in order to meet your specific requirements. You need to know that the costs of a decent elevator for your home depends entirely upon the company that you buy it from, the features that it has as well as a variety of other aspects. You need to know that the size as well as the shape also has a tendency to completely influence the costs. You may want to take a look at the different models available and the different prices, in order to find a combination of a good price and good elevator that meets your needs.

Modular Log Homes – Are They Right For You?

Most people dream of having a cozy log cabin in the woods. Nowadays, cabins are not limited to forests and hilly areas. They are increasingly visible even in metropolitan areas. Log homes can be built in two ways. They can be handcrafted on site or they can be manufactured in a controlled environment and then…

Most people dream of having a cozy log cabin in the woods. Nowadays, cabins are not limited to forests and hilly areas. They are increasingly visible even in metropolitan areas. Log homes can be built in two ways. They can be handcrafted on site or they can be manufactured in a controlled environment and then assembled on site. This latter method of construction creates modular log homes that can be put together where you want to set them up.

Building a modular log home is a far more convenient and feasible option as compared to constructing a log home on site. Moreover, there is also relatively less material waste. These modular homes are pre-fabricated in a controlled environment. The assembly line approach used in automobiles is also used to manufacture modular log cabins. These homes are made of level and homogenous milled logs that have been through a saw mill. Wood is one of the best materials used to craft homes since it is reliably easier to work with as compared to concrete, brick or glass. Typically, the wood used in milled logs is fir, pine, cedar or spruce. Cedar is the most expensive while pine is the cheapest.

Modular log cabins have to measure up to building codes and regulations laid down by the state or region that you live in. They are constructed in a structured and well-organized manner. As the foundation is laid on site, simultaneously the models get crafted in the factory. Once the cabin is finished, it is transported to the site and cranes are used to lift the modules and fit them onto the foundation. Once the modules are in place, the home is treated-in to shield it from the elements. After this, the finishing touches are given on-site by the builders. On an average, a modular home takes 4-5 weeks to be fully finished after it is transported to the site.

The most attractive part of getting a modular log cabin is the speed by which it is completed. Since these homes are pre-fabricated in a controlled environment, they are not vulnerable to the elements. Here, delays in construction are minimal. Moreover, since the factory environment provides for accuracy and precision, the material waste is kept to a minimum, so cutting down costs substantively. Modular homes are also durable and resilient because they are built in such a manner so as to cope with the strain of transportation.

Modular log homes can be customized according to individual tastes and preferences. Fittings, fixtures and even extras like a fireplace can be installed and crafted into modular log cabins. So, if you're looking for a cost-effective log home that is sturdy and resistant to cold drafts, it's best to consider getting a modular log home. You can enjoy the warmth of a log cabin with none of the disadvantages of a stick built structure.

How to Select an Ontario Home Designer

Wanting to build a new custom home or addition in the Province of Ontario? Then you need a Ontario Province approved designer Now … How to you select a good, experienced, licensed Ontario Home Designer? One that will join with you and help create that beautiful new dream home and that will make the process…

Wanting to build a new custom home or addition in the Province of Ontario?
Then you need a Ontario Province approved designer

Now … How to you select a good, experienced, licensed Ontario Home Designer? One that will join with you and help create that beautiful new dream home and that will make the process stress free & fun!

When looking for a Ontario licensed home designer or house plans for your new dream home there are certain things you should be on the look for:

First – How many years of experience does the designer / design firm have and do they have good rapport in the building industry?

Second – Ask to see some past examples of their designs and their work. Pay attention to the amount of detail they have provided in their designs. Some so-called designers are only educated in the construction & time management – what you need to find is a Architectural Technologists / Technician that has been educated in the construction processes, as well as in actual exterior & interior design aspects from an Architectural stand point . (ie proper flow of a floor plan layout, proper proportions for roof design, curve attractive, uses and flows of room and specific sizes etc.)

Third – you need to find a designer that that has good customer reviews. Google the designer, ask local builders & building departments. Ask the designer for a list of contact information of their past clients. Ask these past clients how the process was, and .. (was the project completed on time ?, was the price fair ?, were the characters and personalities of the designers easy to work with ?, how did the home turn out in reality? ) etc.

Finally, make sure the design company is licensed with the province of Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, insured and holds the proper documents for producing plans that will be accepted for building permission.

All in all – spend your time researching for an Ontario Licensed Home Designer / design firm before selecting them to join with you and help design your new dream home!

They need to be knowledgeable and confident in what they do.

A Basement Home Theater Should Fit the Room

Many homeowners who dream of having their own theater room in their home think of the idea as lavish and simply assume they do not have room for such a luxury in their home. However, many homeowners have thought outside the box and come up with the idea of ​​finishing their basement into a home…

Many homeowners who dream of having their own theater room in their home think of the idea as lavish and simply assume they do not have room for such a luxury in their home. However, many homeowners have thought outside the box and come up with the idea of ​​finishing their basement into a home theater room. While the foundation may seem like an unquestionably choice for such a room, it is actually one of the best places for a home entertainment system. A basement is set underground so it can easily become a very dark room with no natural light. It also has minimal noise pollution. These factors contribute to the room's setup as the perfect place for a sound system and large projection system. There are many basement home theater designs that homeowners can choose from for their own basement.

It is important for a homeowner to consider the measurements of the basement before purchasing any stereo or visual equipment for the room. While a homeowner may have his or her mind set on a specific size of television or projector screen, it is important to make sure the screen is not too big or too small for the room. The perfect visual quality can be achieved when the correct sized equipment is purchased in relation to the size of the room. A homeowner should be able to consult with a professional at the electronics store in order to make sure he or she is buying the correct sized projector screen or television. A homeowner who is developing plans for the setup of the foundation may want to consult with a professional first in order to see what type of budget he or she will be working with on the visual equipment.

A surround sound system should also be the correct size to the fit the size of the basement. A basement is known for having great acoustics so a surround system may not need to be as powerful as it might be in a regular living room. A homeowner should be able to go to a local electronics store and see a few basement home theater designs that are already setup in the store. He or she can choose which system sounds the best and would be best for the room. A professional or employee of the store should be able to help if the homeowner can tell him or her measurements of the room and what type of budget he or she has in mind.

A homeowner may have plenty of ideas for a home basement theater system. However, it is important for the homeowner to remember that the sound and visual equipment should be the correct size for the size of the room. Consulting with a professional on the basement home theater designs that the homeowner is interested in can be one of the first steps taken when deciding on the plans for the foundation. A professional can recommend a setup for the basement based on measurements and the acoustics in the room.

Finish Basement Designs – Making Use of Space You Didn’t Know You Had!

For many homeowners, the notion of having to finish basement designs is something rather exciting, but very daunting. This, however, no longer has to be the case. If you would like to turn your downstairs area into a space that is completely unique to you, there is such a vast amount of available literature on…

For many homeowners, the notion of having to finish basement designs is something rather exciting, but very daunting. This, however, no longer has to be the case. If you would like to turn your downstairs area into a space that is completely unique to you, there is such a vast amount of available literature on the subject that you will not have to struggle to achieve the perfect design. There are step-by-step guides available that will take you through all the different aspects of the process. Whatever your ideas for transforming this typically under utilized area of ​​your home, you can be sure that you will find some excellent advice on how to actualize your plans. No matter what your budget is, or how much time you have to spend on this task, you will be able to find suitable advice specific to your needs. You will be bowled over by what the impact this process will have on the overall value of your property. It can be a really attractive selling point when you are looking to move on, as well as something you will get great enjoyment of while living in your home. Whether you are looking to go for something particularly inventive, or more generic finish basement designs, you do not have to feel alone as you embark on this journey.

The first decision you have to make is what exactly you want to use this space for. A popular option is to turn it into a study or work area. Most families have just enough rooms in their house for the amount of people living there. If one of your family members is currently at university or school, it can be difficult for them to study without the distractions that family life present. By creating a place in your home specifically related to intellectual activity, you will be amazed at the results that can be achieved. Alternatively, it can be set as a business or work area. More and more people are finding that working from home can be an excellent option to create the kind of lifestyle you desire. The problem is that it is incredibly easy to get distracted if you do not have a part of your house that is specifically dedicated to this purpose. Basements can provide very private spaces that can be free from the goings on of home life. Whatever your needs, you will be amazed at the amount of free blueprints available online for finish basement designs.

Another very pleasant use for this space can be to turn it into a space designed for your teens to entertain their friends. You will not have to worry that they are in danger or getting up to mischief, as they will be socializing in your home! They will feel comfortable with the amount of privacy they are allowed. Essentially, it will provide the best of both worlds for children and parents alike. Sometimes pop an old lounge suite in, so that they can sit comfortably while they enjoy time with friends.

Whatever your needs, you can craft this space into a fully integrated part of your home. With the many finish basement designs on offer, you will be able to make a very valuable addition to your home!

Conservatories Are the New Home Extensions

For decades, home owners have been adding more space to their homes by building either single or two story extensions and normally, from the same building fabric as their existing property but in recent years, many single story extensions have been replaced by conservatories. Conservatories are rapidly becoming the new home extensions for a variety…

For decades, home owners have been adding more space to their homes by building either single or two story extensions and normally, from the same building fabric as their existing property but in recent years, many single story extensions have been replaced by conservatories.

Conservatories are rapidly becoming the new home extensions for a variety of different reasons. One reason is cost. A conservatory is without doubt the cheapest way of creating that much needed additional living space, typically costing only half that of a traditional brick built extension.

Conservatories are also extremely versatile and are used for many different purposes, the most common being an additional family sitting area. Other popular uses include dining rooms, play rooms, games rooms and occasion, even kitchen and utility areas.

Another major advantage of a conservatory compared to a traditional brick built extension is the speed of which it can be built. Typically, conservatories are completed within four weeks, compared to two to three months for a regular extension and often do not require planning permission or building regulations approval.

In addition to the above benefits, a conservatory provides a very different atmosphere to any other room in the home. It's light and airy feel and close connection with the outside provides a pleasant and relaxing environment for the family to enjoy.

Most modern conservatories are constructed in PVCu (Polyvinyl Chloride Unplastified) which required very little maintenance compared to traditional timber built models and are available in a variety of options and specifications.

PVCu color options include white and several woodgrain finishes. Style options include the traditional 'lean-to' type which is normally the most economic to build and Victorian and Edwardian styles can also be chosen, depending on which suits the property best.

Conservatories are now far more energy efficient than they used to be, with a large range of insulating glazing types available which save on household heating costs and helps conserve the environment.

Any 5th Grader Could Build a Doghouse! – Of Course, With the Best Doghouse Plans

“Any fifth grader could build a doghouse.” A flawed thinking coming from a flawed man like myself when I decided to build Magic (our yellow labrador) a prized palace and share with her a certain amount from our estate. She'd been treated just like one of our family during the first few months as a…

“Any fifth grader could build a doghouse.” A flawed thinking coming from a flawed man like myself when I decided to build Magic (our yellow labrador) a prized palace and share with her a certain amount from our estate.

She'd been treated just like one of our family during the first few months as a puppy, but now that she's growing in leaps and bounds, and in the process was still developing good grooming and proper habits (I think you have the idea) , we thought it best to separate her den for the time being.

And so we come back to my initial statement playing at the back of my head.

After all, building a doghouse seemed like a fairly easy job to do … and it was. Mind you though that it would not have gone smoothly if I had not listened to my inner conscience (which comes first before my wife, but later I found out that they both had the same idea) and told me to get a good set of doghouse plans from the get go.

If it were not for those doghouse plans, I might have just decided to wing it myself and design the thing as I go. Big problem though as I'm not that much into creating and designing as I am an expert in implementation. I thought however, at first, that I could bend the rules a little bit and spent a few hours on the first morning of the construction, coming up with a unique design for Magic, figuring out where to place her doorway, what kind of insulation to provide, the type of paint to use, and other safety features which left me with more and more questions in the end.

I will not go further into any details but let's just say that both sides of my brain were not always in agreement during that time, and I ended up having to rest for the whole day (with Magic next to me, whining a bit as if she knew my folly).

After I had enough fun of provising my conscience and my wife wrong, I made the wisest decision not to do this project alone. No, I did not hire someone to work for me, as I still wanted to have the feeling of completing a house by myself – even if it was just a doghouse.

I made a quick search in the internet and to my surprise, I found that this was much easier than I thought. Got the best set of doghouse plans (along with many others for future projects that I bet if you get your hands on them, would call off sick for the whole week and start building!) And put my behind to action.

Free House Design – Choosing the Right House Design For Your Needs

More and more Americans are choosing to build their homes to fit their exact needs and wishes. While some Americans rely on architects for their house designs, a great many have used the internet to obtain their house design for free. Nowadays, many reputable companies offer free house designs for download. All you have to…

More and more Americans are choosing to build their homes to fit their exact needs and wishes. While some Americans rely on architects for their house designs, a great many have used the internet to obtain their house design for free. Nowadays, many reputable companies offer free house designs for download. All you have to do is search for the right plan for you. As you look through the plans, consider the following factors:

Your Lot

Obviously, your house can not be larger then your lots so as you sift through the plans, keep in mind the lot size. Another factor to consider is your lot shape. Narrow, rectangular lots are not suitable for wide houses, but are ideal for taller houses.

Additionally, consider the slopping of your lot. If your lot is sloped, your house will need to be elevated- in which case, you can consider a house design with a basement to it.

Residential Zoning Laws

Make sure you are aware of the various zoning laws in your area. Common zoning restrictions include height restrictions, style restrictions and ratio of land to built area restrictions. One easy way to learn about zoning laws in a particular area is by looking at the houses around your lot. Are they all below a certain height, size, or shape? You could also contact the local authorities for information about local zoning laws. Once you know the restrictions, you can eliminate plans that do not comply with the restrictions in your area.

Your Needs

Stay focused on your family's needs. Ask yourself how many rooms and bathrooms you currently need, and weather these needs will change in the future (for instance, if you are a young couple and are planning on having babies or taking care of an elderly parent).

If you like to entertain, ask yourself whether you need a formal dinning room, a larger kitchen, or larger living room. Additionally, if you have many over-night guests, you might consider adding a room to your count.

Additionally, if you would rather have a truly private master suite opts for L or U shape house plans. As you look for your ideal house plan, pay attention to window size and placement as smaller windows mean more privacy.

Your Budget

As you search for a house design, keep your budget in mind. In general, the smaller the house, the lower the building cost, so if your budget is modest, look for smaller houses with options for expansion in the future.
Take your time sifting through free house designs on the web. Even if you do not find an exact match, you can always use the plans inspire you as you think of your own house plan.

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Selecting a Free Home Design – The Ultimate Checklist

So you've decided to build the home of your dreams on your own. While there is no limit for your imagination, your budget is probably limited. One excellent way of cutting cost on your home project is by using one of the many free home designs available on the web. Many reputable websites offer simple…

So you've decided to build the home of your dreams on your own. While there is no limit for your imagination, your budget is probably limited. One excellent way of cutting cost on your home project is by using one of the many free home designs available on the web. Many reputable websites offer simple home designs for free- all you have to do is sift through the plans to find a house that is right for you. Below are some things to consider before looking for a home design.

1. What do you need?

You need to have a clear idea of ​​your needs. Some things to consider are:

  • Number of rooms (Factor guest room, home office and children)
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Additional rooms: basement, den, formal dinning room
  • Your activities: Do you enjoy cooking as a family? (You might consider a larger kitchen). Do you like to entertain? (You may need a spacious living room)
  • Do you think your needs will change? (ie will you have more children, or take your elderly parent into your home?). If so, you might want to consider choosing a home design with room for an optional addition for future needs.

2. What is your budget?

Have a clear budget in mind prior to searching for plans. You do not want to fall in love with a plan that is way over your projected budget. It is best if you search for home designs with an estimated cost below your budget in case of emergency (for example, if construction takes longer then expected, and you need to pay rent for your current residence for an additional month or two).

3. What kind of lot do you have?

Keep your lot shape in mind as you search for plans. If your lot is narrow for example, you might consider searching for a taller home design. Also, make sure the plan you choose fits your lot- you do not want to choose a large plan for a small lot.

If your lot is sloped, you will need to find plans with elevated foundations to them- most such plans include a basement.

4. Are there zoning restrictions for your area?

Most residential zoning laws fall into one of four categories: Height restrictions, Style restrictions, House to land size ratio and distance from the house to the edge of the property. Contact your local authorities for specific zoning laws for your area.

If you keep these criteria in mind, you should be well on your way to finding a free home design that suits your needs. Good luck!

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