Monday, December 5, 2011

Where Do I Find Custom Home Plans?

When you venture out towards building a custom home, there are so many things to consider. Where you will your plot of land be? Will you build completely custom or go with a semi-custom home? There are many options, and it can seem a little confusing at first. A lot of people don't understand where the actual house plans come from. Is it the buyer's responsibility to produce plans? Is there a ready-made place where they can acquire plans? Will the custom homebuilder assist with the plans?

It's easy to get sucked into the many house plans that are available on the Internet today. A simple Google search will show you numerous sites that provide both free and paid house plans. While this may be a good jumping-off point for you, you'll want to exercise some caution with these plans. First, you should ask yourself how much time and strategy went into the plans. Is it someone's dream house they sketched quickly, and with no expert advice? If so, you may find that there are some structural issues and/or gaps in building code. This can leave you with an undesirable house. It would be wise to use these plans a way to get ideas for your own, unique plan.

If you're purchasing a semi-custom home or a custom home, you'll find that your homebuilder should have some existing plans already in place. For semi-custom homes, you can add tweaks to the plans that make it custom. For example, maybe you add an additional car port, an additional bathroom, or a game room. You can choose other custom projects like the tiles and the countertops that go in the kitchen. For completely custom homes, most builders do have ready-made plans available that they've used before. Again, these should be a jumping off point to begin discussing your own personal needs and wants.