Home building plans and prices for home plans vary considerably. While it may be exciting to go to an architect and specially design your home, the process is very expensive. Expect to pay thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands for a custom home plan. Another option is to select a plan that has already been designed. There are many home plans on line for about $250 each. Be sure to speak to your contractor before actually purchasing the home plan to be sure that he is satisfied with it. In addition some contractors and homebuilders prefer to use their own floor plans, which they tend to use over and over, varying them to suit different clients.
Some of the new materials require a different type of home plan. Shop on line for home plans for insulated concrete panels, or structural insulated panels. Also check out plans for various types of organic materials and any other materials you might consider. Again, be sure to discuss home plans with your home builder or contractor before ordering.
Smaller sizes of homes are in, but that does not mean that you should not look at plans for larger homes. Many larger homes feature breaks in the roofline that would enable you to build only part of the home now, with an option to build the rest later, if your lot size and subdivision restrictions would allow that. Be sure to speak with your subdivision officials and your building contractor before planning to do this, but it can be the perfect option for a small budget and big dreams. This is an especially good idea for a rural lot where you have plenty of room, and no restrictions. The home builder may be surprised by the idea but it’s really very sensible, and will save on utilities and interest costs until you need and can afford a larger home. In the past, before subdivisions became so popular, adding on was a very common practice.
The more square a home is the more cost effective it is to build, and to heat and cool. Homes with odd extensions and odd shapes are much harder to heat, and an excessively long narrow home can also be more costly. Inversely roof spans of more than 32 feet cost more, because of the length of lumber used in the trusses. In general, a home’s eves should be no wider than 32 feet, and 24 is a minimum for width of the main section of the house.
Especially when considering foundations and roofs you must consider your climate. A steep roof is important in the north, where snow may accumulate on the roof. Even in warm climates heavy rainfall requires at least a 3 or 4 inch rise for every foot of linear width, to insure against leaks, and trapped water on the roof. For alternative materials this may not be important. An insulated concrete roof will not leak, and it would probably bear up under the heaviest snow, but still, some slope seems sensible in a snowy or rainy climate.
Home design has a lot to do with home price, and overall durability as well. Selecting a simple and sensible plan will save you money over a more complicated plan of the same square footage. When considering home building plans and prices be sure to consider the apparent cost of construction. It’s possible that the plan could change the cost per square foot considerably.