Home Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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You've made the financial decision that now is the time to build, and have begun thinking about home plans. As you know--why else would you be here?--they're a delight, a challenge, and a frustration. You have your own ideas, but that's as far as you have gotten. There's far more to building a house than the layout of the rooms. What's your best next step?

Moving ahead with Home Plans

You probably want an architect as well as a builder. There are so many decisions and so many elements to consider when you get down to the realities of home plans and blueprints. Most obvious are the façade, the room layout, the materials, the interior and exterior detailing, and the landscaping. Determining the look and style is the easy part. Translating that into home plans a builder can act on is something else again.

You're neither an architect nor a builder, after all. If you were, you wouldn't be here, right? At the same time, you're making the investment and will live in the house. It will be your home--whether it's a 1920s bungalow or a front-gabled Greek revival. You should have as big a say as building code and construction limitations permit. There's a lot of latitude. You're best advised to research firms whose goal is both architectural integrity and meeting the needs of home buyers and builders like you.

Architectural integrity is exactly what you're after. You know enough, for example, to know that in Colonial revival a hipped dormer window would be out of character, and a pedimented dormer appropriate. You're undecided as to what house style you want, though, because several appeal to you. But you do know that a cookie cutter house is not what you have in mind.

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