How to Choose the Best House Plan For You?
Building your home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life. It’s your opportunity to design the house you’ve always dreamed about for you and your family.
How to Choose the Best House Plan
So how can you make sure you have chosen the best house plan? Here are the main points to consider:
- Your Lifestyle Needs
- Current Belongings & Furnishings
- Your Budget
- The Neighbourhood
- Future Needs
Let’s look a little deeper at what you should think about before any construction begins.
Consider Your Lifestyle
We all have different interests, needs and lifestyles; this is no different when it comes to our taste in houses. Because we are all motivated by different things in life, no two house plans will be completely the same.
Some people will want a big garage for their cars, while another person will look for an ensuite for each bedroom. It is important to think about aspects like this when you are choosing or designing a house plan.
The main things to consider are:
- How much space you will need
- The number of rooms you require
- Whether your house will be one or two storeys
- The particular lifestyle needs you and your family require (i.e. entertaining, workshop, gardening, quiet spaces, open spaces, play room etc.)
Current Belongings & Furnishings
Don’t forget to look at your current belongings and furniture and work out if they’ll fit into your desired house plan. Ask yourself what you plan to keep and how they’ll fit into the new design.
Check the room dimensions, that your dining table will comfortably fit (with chairs around it), or that your antique bookshelf won’t look lost against a long wall. Having your existing furniture in mind can often provide some direction for the design of your new home.
Think About Your Budget
Many people don’t sit down and carefully calculate what they can realistically afford when it comes to building a home, but it is one of the most important aspects.
You have got to have a budget to avoid financial worries later on; after all, you want a home that meets your needs, but is still within your limit. You don’t want any delays when it comes to construction or find out later down the line that you have money worries because you exceeded your budget.
Find a builder you can trust and ask them to work with you in achieving your budget. Knowing the budget parameters means the builder can provide you with the right advice and design guidelines.
Look at the Neighbourhood
In order to create your dream home, it is not always about your own house. While location, location, location is as true in building as in buying, it’s necessary to also think about the style of the existing neighbourhood.
By this we mean you have to think about the neighbourhood you are building your home in. You don’t want your house to look out of place. For example, if you are in a street that has a certain style of houses and you want to build a very different home, it may not look right.
While it is great to be different, you still want to complement the neighbourhood you are moving in to. Certain neighbourhood’s offer different community amenities, so for example, if there are public pools within walking distance, perhaps the backyard pool can come another time.
You may be interested in our tips on how to choose a block of land (they could save you a lot of money and heartache).
Consider the Future
It’s impossible to know what is around the corner but when it comes to your house, you have to think about whether it’s going to meet your needs in the near future.
- How many children do you have (or plan to have)?
- What about teenagers and their different space requirements?
- Will you need a home office or hobby space?
- Are you close to retiring?
- How about pets and space for them?
- Would someone else want to buy your home?
You don’t want to spend all your time and effort on your house plan just to make modifications a year later in order to add an extension. Always consider what you might need in the future so you can choose or design the right house plan for you.
Here are a selection of our house plans and home designs. They’re a great place to start if you have an idea but are still working out what you need.
Get in touch today and let’s talk about your new home.