Finding the perfect new home building plans for your new home should be a labor of love. Explore websites and magazines for just the right house plan. Start by considering exactly what you want, and then compare your desires with the plans you find. Collect home plans for a few months before deciding on just the right design. When selecting a home plan it is important to know what costs extra. Here are a few items that take more materials, more labor or both. You may choose to incorporate a few of the more costly elements, for the sake of style, but at least you will know what is adding to your costs.
New Home Building Plans: Shape
Extra Corners, gables and exterior walls cost extra. Curves such as towers and turrets are usually a lot more expensive. Now with the new insulated concrete panels, towers and curves are more economically feasible, but they still cost extra. The least expensive homes are either square or rectangular, with a gable on each end. This look isn’t all that creative but it is practical. The more extensions from the main rectangle, the more the home costs. Squares and dense rectangles are also less expensive to heat. Making long narrow wings off the center makes the home cost more to build, and more to heat, and the extra roof valleys not only cost more, they can lead to roof leaks, much easier than a straight run.
The only two types of rooms that are intrinsically different from the others are the kitchen and bath. This is because of plumbing. Because of plumbing it is cheaper and more sensible to place the bathroom and kitchen on one wall, and as near each other as possible, however the bath room should never open into the kitchen or dining area. Long hallways are also costly and waste space. Hallways must be heated and cooled, but are not useful space. Use common spaces such as living rooms, and kitchens to connect rooms as much as possible. If you must have a hallway, widen it a bit and place built in cabinetry or bookshelves along either side, and perhaps create a tiny nook for a desk. That way the hallway becomes a functional room.
Bay windows are beautiful, but they can also be very costly. The added cost is usually substantial, but not as expensive as adding one later, so if you want one, now is the time. If you are not interested in bay windows, or don’t think they are worth the extra cost, don’t select a floor plan that features one, or ask the builder if he can omit it.
If a floor plan calls for two baths and you only need one now, consider using the space as a closet until it is needed, as your family grows. This will save on initial construction costs. Alternatively, consider a half bath, if you don’t need another tub or shower. Bathroom and kitchen plumbing and fixtures are among the most costly elements of the interior of your home. If you leave the space, you can always add the plumbing later, at a lower cost.
Some seemingly random choices, which do not increase the value of your home, can cost extra. In addition sometimes added style and better fixtures costs more, and that may be worth it to you, but it is important to be able to consider what makes a home cost more, before you commit to a house plan. It costs very little more to draw an expensive home, than a cheaper one of the same square footage, but the building costs can vary by tens of thousands. For more information on new home building plans, download our 98 page free book, and read the many other articles on this site.