8 Tips For Designing Your House Plan

1.) When making changes to a set of house plans, try to know and understand the changes and their possible impact on the overall design and structural integrity of the proposed plans. Communicate all requested changes clearly and make sure they are understood by both you and the person making the changes. Additional cost in both time and dollars can add up in a hurry during this process. Sometimes what seems like a small change can cause major changes to the overall structural features of the house and end up costing way more that that small change was worth.

2.) Make sure that the person doing the changes to you plans is qualified to make the changes and if structural changes are made that they are reviewed and signed off by a structural engineer. More than making the changes to the drawings, they should have a sense of design. They should be able to advise you as to what will work and what wont from a design perspective. Your new home should look and feel great.

3.) Before signing off or accepting your house plans, spend some time reviewing them in detail. Look for obvious inconsistencies in sizes and measurements:

* Windows or doors that should be equal in measurements but are not.
* Total measurements that do not add up to the sum of the various individual measurements.
* Walls, features, and elements that are out of place or missing.

4.) The structural features of you house plans should be designed or reviewed by a structural engineer. This will include all load bearing walls and beams from your roof to the foundation. If changes are made to these in the process of construction they should be reviewed and approved by the engineer.

5.) Most Architects and Designers are professionals, but they do make mistakes, especially on large custom homes. These could turn out to be very costly if not caught before you plans are put out to bid. You should make some allowance in your budget for these types of errors and omissions, especially if you are doing a large custom designed home. If you are able to keep these under 10% of your overall budget, consider yourself as having done good.

6.) Also spend time reviewing your house plans to make sure your dream home will match your needs and life-style. Computer programs are able to give you a 3-D walk-thru perspective of your home, allowing you to move from room to room, and from floor to floor. If you have access to such a tool, use it to help you to get a feel of the flow and layout or your new home design.

8 Tips For Designing Your House Plan

7.) Try to avoid “scope creep”. This is where you start out with what’s going to be a bread box and end up with a bus, or rather you start out with plans for a nice cottage and end up with the Taj Mahal. Know your requirements, know your limits and stay within them. If you are working with architects or designers be very cautious of scope creep, make sure either of you do not get carried away.

8.) Have your house plans finalized before you start building your home. Changes made during the construction period can be very costly both in terms of money and time. Sub contractors can charge high rates for do-overs and changes after the project has started. It is almost impossible to avoid these but try to keep them to a minimum.