Choosing a house plan can be one of the most difficult steps in building a house! If you’ve ever built a house before, you always say to yourself…..next time I build, I’m going to get everything I want!
It doesn’t usually happen that way, or not for most of us anyway. If your budget is unlimited, that is one thing, but for the most of us, yes, Virginia, we do have to work within our budget.
Square footage is probably the first thing to look at. No need in looking at house plans with 4,000 sq ft if it’s not in your budget. It’s like looking at beauty magazines…..you just wish more.
The builder advised us to find the floor plan we liked first…..then look at the outside. That the outside could be changed as needed. But this is right bass-ackwards to what comes normal. I still looked at the outside first…..and I looked at a lot.
An internet search really will turn up a lot of results and we got familiar with a lot of sites. Once we browsed through several (hundreds I’m sure), we tended to like the French Country, Acadian or European styles. This made searching much easier.
We viewed plans from several different clearing house type businesses. They would have plans from designers from all over. Sometimes you could tell the plans belonged to certain designers, like Don Gardner for instance. We could only tell this because we would see a house plan we liked on the Don Gardner site….then see it again or several other websites…all selling plans.
No house plan is perfect, unless you’re working directly with an architect and they’re able to work in your every wish. But we did narrow things down to about 3-4 plans and focused on those. Personally, I wanted more square footage, but the hubby kept saying that’s too big….and I knew I might as well look at something smaller or I was never going to hear the end of it.
The neighborhood has a building covenant, so that takes care of the minimum square ft which was 2,200. The plans we looked at ranged from 2,200 to 2,400 or so. Here’s what we finally settled on.