Custom House Plans

Custom house plans may be in your future if you've decided exactly what you'd like from your next home.  If you know just what you're looking for in a house and have some difficulty finding it in the existing housing inventory, you might want to have your house built to your own exacting standards.  Maybe you're tired of your house being just like the neighbors' houses, or maybe there are some features that you really want, or really don't want. A custom house plan can be the key to getting your dream house plan.

If you consult with a residential designer, instead of buying an stock home plan, you may have the added advantage of getting to discuss with the designer just what details are particularly important to you.  Along the same lines, you may receive guidance and advice about some things you haven't thought about before, and be guided in the right direction regarding attributes of the house.  With your custom house plans, you get to decide just what you want to go where in your home, and you don't have to be willing to settle for second best with a pre-built home being sold by the last family who lived there.

You'll need to speak with your residential designer to see what the design guidelines  are regarding preparing custom house plans.  Once you decide on initial plans, you may change your mind on things you want or don't want in the house.  You'll want to be sure how you go about addressing that with your designer, and what expenses may be assessed for any changes you choose to make.

Have you always wanted a full wet bar in your basement?  Or maybe a bright sunny breakfast nook in your kitchen?  Maybe you've had your heart set on a music room for your "someday" house.  Now's the time to make "someday" today.  With custom house plans you can make all those decisions on your own, based on your priorities and budget.  You aren't simply stuck with having to settle from the best of the bunch of the existing housing inventory.

You can decide on the number of bedrooms, and whether or not you want some or all of those bedrooms to have adjoining bathrooms.  You can choose to put in a
bathroom accessible from two bedrooms.  You could decide whether you want to have all of the bedrooms situated together in the house, or if you'd like to separate the master suite from other bedrooms.  You might even want to put a bedroom and bathroom suite in your finished basement as a guest suite.

You can decide whether you'd like an open floor plan for your living area, or if you prefer the coziness offered by clearly delineated rooms.  Maybe you have the need for an office, but want it to be close to the hubbub of the family, so you want to locate it near the kitchen and living room.

Whatever you decide, consulting with your builder can help you determine exactly what you want from your next home.  Get thinking about your custom house plans now.


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This article was published on Wednesday 10 February, 2010.

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