Online House Plans

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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The vast library of online house plans is almost mind boggling. Research is certainly convenient. You are left, however, with almost too many choices. How do you get your bearings and make the most of all this information and real estate? Methodology is critical.

Online House Plans: a Questionnaire

Your first step is to know what you're looking for in a house. Start with the basics and move on from there. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Will the floors be hardwood or carpeted? Will you have chimneys? Do you want a one-story house or a two-story? Are you planning on skylights, French doors, a terrace, or a deck? What materials are you thinking of for the exterior? The point is to have parameters as you search for online house plans.

Think, too, about the style of architecture you have in mind for your ideal home. Maybe you've already settled on the idea of an Eastlake cottage, a Queen Anne farmhouse style, a Cape Cod. If you're a bit uncertain, study online encyclopedias and reference articles to bring yourself up-to-date with what to both expect and look for. You'll be pleased to know that both exhaustive information of architectural periods and online house plans--complete with photo examples, glossaries, and explanatory descriptive drawings--are readily available.

At this point, you'll be poised for the next phase. Hundreds of house plans, floor schematics, property sketches, and architectural renderings are available for cursory browsing. What you're looking for is a firm or individual architect who specializes in the period of architecture you're interested in. You don't want to settle for what a builder thinks you should find satisfactory. You want authentic period style and detail, and architects with a little flex in their library of blueprints. Go for it!

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