Customized house floor plans allow you to build a home that meets all your needs and wants.
Thanks to the availability of design software, it is possible for you to design your own plan rather than hiring an architect. When designing your own floor plans, you should ask yourself the following questions:
1.) What does my family need?
You should discuss with your family to find out their specific needs and wants. Brainstorm by taking a look at the size of your family and the number of people you plan to live with. This will give you some ideas on the house design that can best accommodate your family.
You should also think about the items that your family can’t live without. Is it a prayer room, a home study or is it a gym? Create a list of all the features of your desired house as this will help you remain focused as you design your house floor plan.
2.) What are the attributes of my lot?
Carefully examine the nature of your lot as this will determine the type of plan that is appropriate for your lot. If the lot is sloppy, for example, you should design a plan that is suitable for such land.
In addition, look at the design of the surrounding homes as they can give you some ideas on the designs that are suitable for the area.
3.) How should my home look on the outside?
Take a pencil and paper and try sketching out the shape that you would like for your plan. This shape will be determined by, among other things, the size and shape of your lot as well as the style of the house you want to build.
The sketch will give you a framework from which to draw your plan, and you can always make changes to the shapes as you create your plan.
4.) What spaces are most-valuable to me?
Take a look at your lifestyle and make a list of the living spaces that are most important to you. If you work from home, for example, then plan a home office and if you like to read and have a huge collection of books then plan for a home library.
With the answers to the above questions, you can now use an architectural software to create your house floor plan. Design programs such as Broderbund 3-D Home Architect and Plan3D allows you to create your plan and see what your house will look like in 3-D.