Selecting a Free Home Design

So you’ve decided to build the home of your dreams on your own. While there is no limit for your imagination, your budget is probably limited. One excellent way of cutting cost on your home project is by using one of the many free home designs available on the web. Many reputable websites offer simple home designs for free- all you have to do is sift through the plans to find a house that is right for you. Below are some things to consider before looking for a home design.

1. What do you need?

You need to have a clear idea of your needs. Some things to consider are:

  • Number of rooms (Factor guest room, home office and children)
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Additional rooms: basement, den, formal dinning room
  • Your activities: Do you enjoy cooking as a family? (You might consider a larger kitchen). Do you like to entertain? ( You might need a spacious living room)
  • Do you think your needs will change? (i.e. will you have more children, or take your elderly parent into your home?). If so, you might want to consider choosing a home design with room for an optional addition for future needs.

2. What is your budget?

Have a clear budget in mind prior to searching for plans. You do not want to fall in love with a plan that is way over your projected budget. It is best if you search for home designs with an estimated cost below your budget in case of emergency (for example, if construction takes longer then expected, and you need to pay rent for your current residence for an additional month or two).

3. What kind of lot do you have?

Keep your lot shape in mind as you search for plans. If your lot is narrow for example, you might consider searching for a taller home design. Additionally, make sure the plan you choose fits your lot- you do not want to choose a large plan for a small lot.

If your lot is sloped, you will need to find plans with elevated foundations to them- most such plans include a basement.

4. Are there zoning restrictions for your area?

Most residential zoning laws fall into one of four categories: Height restrictions, Style restrictions, House to land size ratio and distance from the house to the edge of the property. Contact your local authorities for specific zoning laws for your area.