Ways in Finding House Plans for a Beautiful Home

posted by Rechie L on ,


My husband and I are planning to build our own dream home in the future. We already have a house plan in mind. We already talked about it and both agreed to the idea. But since our dream house is to be built in a quite far future, we are always open for new ideas and plans. We both know that as the years pass by, new trends comes out as well. In searching for house plans, we came across a lot of ways. We went over special home plan magazines and books, as well as different websites that sell house plans. We almost tried purchasing software that is download-able to the computer. It would have been nice if we purchased the said software for a more advanced way of planning for our future house.
Anyway, you can start building your dream house by going over a variety of beautiful house plans and choosing the best one as your future home. Here are some ways by which you can find endless choices of house plans:

Go over house plan magazines and books
You can ask your neighbor or a friend or you may go to your favorite bookstore and shop for magazines and books that specialize in house plans. Look for one that has the most information you need, such as the cost to build, the materials needed, and other conditions required, aside from the given lot size and floor size. Popular magazines and books include Architectural Design Magazine, Builder Magazine, Family Home Plans Magazine, and Sater Designs. These publications do not only offer beautiful house plans, but they also include articles that give you tips for an easier and more cost-effective house construction, as well as making your home a more comfortable and magnificent place to live in.

Surf the net for more house plan choices
The internet offers endless house plan choices. Most home plan magazines also have websites, where you can view house plans. You can choose from among these plans and ultimately purchase one that you really want as your home. The cost of these plans are said to usually range from as low as $600 to as high as $2,000, depending on the complexity and uniqueness of the house design. These plans usually include the foundation floor plan, detailed floor plan, roof plan, indoor and outdoor elevation, the specific materials and quantity required, as well as other specifications needed for the construction.

Some house plan websites offer a limited style and fewer number of house plans compared to the other websites, depending on their specialty. It is important to go over as much websites as you can in order to really find the dream house plan you are looking for. Look for websites that are transparent in all their costs when you want to purchase a house plan from them. It would be great to find one that allows you to compare different house plans you desire at one time. Do not hesitate to go over customer feedback and reviews to help you choose which company delivers your expectations. To help you do this, you can check out homeplaninfo.com and find a short description of the website, as well as types of houses featured, the number of house plans offered, and architect or customer reviews. It also gives you direct links to home plan websites, as well as their customer support email address and hotline numbers.

Create your own house plan using 3D computer software
There is also a modern computer software that allows you to make your own house plan. If you know nothing about house plans, there is no need to worry as this software comes with sample or free house plans you can use to start with. There are also tutorials with the package that will help you go about the process. The best thing about this software is that it enables you to view your house plan in 3D. You can visualize the details of your dream house, such as floor tiles and wall colors, with all its 3D tools and roam around the house with its virtual tour. Examples of this software are Home Design Software and Google SketchUp.

In choosing your house plan, make sure you do not get carried away by the elaborate house designs. Always put in mind your budget, the lot size you have, your location and the other necessities you have for building a home. With so many house plan sources to choose from and the modern technology available, the beautiful house you have always dreamed of will always be within reach.