The current economic climate is causing many consumers to search for savings opportunities. This article explains how you can obtain affordable home plans by limiting construction and maintenance costs. Regardless of whether the design for your affordable house plan is small, house plans are available to fit your needs.
Square Footage when you look for affordable house plans
Out of this
world construction and energy costs, combined with a development toward
simplicity and eco-friendliness, have increased the popularity of small house
plans. Choosing a comfortable and affordable
house plans over a McMansion makes it more affordable to build and
maintain your custom home. Eco-reward: less square footage equates to a smaller
Rank the Most
Important Features in Your Home
Create a list of
features that your new home must-have, and another list of characteristics that
you’d like, but that isn’t mandatory. For instance, if you’re constructing new
home to make space for a family, having a minimum of three rooms would probably
land on your “must-have” list. However, if you luxuriate in the tub
just on more than one occasion per year, a built-in bathtub might be listed
under “Nice to Have, But Not Necessary.” Prioritizing your needs in
this way will help limit the costs of your home plans. Insisting on
extravagance features, for example, fireplaces and pools will make it harder to
achieve affordable house plans.
Built-Ins to Give the Impression of Larger Square Footage for your affordable
of whether you’re building with a lot of small house plans, your home can feel
spacious. Smart design techniques, for example, open floor plans and built-in
storage, can enable you to maximize the utility and comfort of your new space.
Natural light also has a big influence on how we perceive area, so include a
lot of windows in your home plans to fully capitalize on your square footage.
Attractive Outdoor Space by adding a Deck/Patio
allow homeowners to utilize secured patios for the majority of the year. In
different places, light rain rules during the winter months, but it’s never too
cold to even consider precluding outdoor lounging. If you enjoy relaxing
outside, consider adding a secured outdoor space to broaden the livable area in
your small house plans. A secured patio can also make an excellent setting for
Number of Plumbing Cores
While browsing affordable house plans, you may notice that plumbing fixtures are often aligned over the same vertical space. For instance, you might see that the upstairs bathroom is located directly above the downstairs kitchen sink. Consolidating plumbing cores helps limit costs by decreasing the quantity of pipes, water heaters, and other plumbing parts that must be purchased.
for example, dorm windows are charming but costly. Simple rooflines are
typically included in progressively affordable house plans.
You don’t have
to hire an architect to build a beautiful, comfortable home. By choosing a
stock house plan instead of paying for specially craft services, you can save a
decent deal of money and still achieve the home plans of your dreams. Stock
home plans are available in a plethora of configurations and styles.
Adding a story to increase space in your small house plans will generally incur less costs than adding more ground-level space.
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Housing Prices Are Likely To Grow Depending On The House Design
The future is difficult to
predict, but let’s consider two of the most important factors: the first is
what will grow faster in these eras: real estate prices or rent, the second is
what can happen with interest on loans.
Housing prices are likely to grow
faster than rent, because the demand for house design remains very high, while
the supply is low.
It is quite likely that interest
rates on loans will rise next year. No one knows what interest rate
strategy the Fed will choose, but it must be noted that they have already begun
to creep up slowly. If there is an increase in rates, it will make the
purchase of real estate less affordable next year as compared to rent than it
is now. It is believed that by this time next year the purchase price may
even exceed the rental price in the most expensive cities.
Of course, there are circumstances when a house design may
not be the best solution either.
Suppose you plan to live in your house for three
years and do not use tax credits many homeowners do not do this simply because
In this case, at the national level, even with a
3.5% loan, the purchase will be only 9% cheaper than rent.
Obviously, buying a property is not for everyone
– especially if you live in a more expensive housing market.
In short, the decision to rent or buy depends on
many factors, both economic and personal, and this decision should be made only
With this article, I wanted to
encourage those who are not sure which option is more suitable for their
particular situation – rent or buy – take a pencil and paper and calculate the
pros and cons of home ownership, taking into account low interest on loans,
savings on taxes, rising real estate prices, but also parallel to the rising
cost of rent. I will be happy to help you make this calculation,
considering your situation.
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I always love to see the projects that I have drawn blueprints for after they have been completed and are being used for what they were intended to be used for and so recently Elaine and I decided to go on a drive and visit a projects in Central Washington.
The home was located in Desert Aire, an interesting community on the Columbia River about 22 miles south of the Vantage bridge. A thousand-acre development originally developed for the well-off to build vacation and seasonal homes and enjoy the golf course and marina. A billboard calls it “The Palm Springs of Washington” and indeed it gets only 7 inches of rain compared to Spokane’s 16.5 inches.
I had never been there before our recent trip and had never heard of it before last winter when I got an email from Karen Chiaramonte, of Kirkland, who had been designing a new house on the same software program, Sketchup, that I use and love.
While I love the whole house, my favorite part was that they appreciated my efforts on helping to design their beautiful new home that they recently hired me to draft plans for the airport hanger they are planning to build on the lot next door. That ought to be worth another trip, or atleast a side trip on way to Seattle someday soon.
Change This Plan
PDF FILE: PLAN ON IT
Back in the old days there was no such thing as having a plan on something called a file.
You had your plans on something called paper, big sheets of paper that had to be roll up and bound with a rubber band in order to carry around to subcontractors and suppliers and bankers and everyone else involved in the process of getting quotes and prices and calculations and financing and permitting.
In the old days there was a lot of driving around town passing out and then gathering up the house plans.
Now days the plan is passed around with the touch of a few buttons via email to all those involved.
The Pdf is what you are buying here because it is all that is necessary for now. When the time comes and you need the plans in hand on paper, it is easy to email or hand-deliver the file to a print shop like Kinko’s and get as many copies as you need.
Printed at 100%. the plans are 2′ x 3′ and at 1/4″ scale.
Printed at 50% they are at 1/8″ scale.
SKETCHUP AND LAYOUT FILES AVAILABLE
I am a laborer who learned how to frame and then learned how build and then learned how to draft plans by hand and then by Sketchup.
I did not and never plan to learn CAD. When I had to make the jump from hand drafting to computer drafting, I chose to learn Sketchup because it looked fun and CAD did not.
Sketchup is fun and hugely popular around the world. Each of these designs has a full Sketchup 3d model that can be accessed with Sketchup Free and a Layout file which needs Sketchup Pro to open.
WILL MY PLANS EASILY GET PERMITTED IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?
Conservatively, I would say the answer is to not count on it, but I would add there is at least a 50-50 chance they will.
I can only tell you that they all did in my neck of the woods which is Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. For the most part, our planning departments are fairly easy-going compared to what I have heard of in other parts of the country.
In one of God’s more favored parts of America, where I live, we are not beleaguered by high winds nor shaky ground. If you live in a less tranquil region, my plans will likely require engineering, but that is not a deal breaker.
Even in our area, sometimes my client will want a design with too much glass or too high of walls for the plans to sail through the permitting process without some structural engineering.
Once we have gone through the process of coming up with the perfect design and produced plans that a general contractor can bid and build from, my client then gives the plans to a structural engineer who does their work to it. It is actually a very common step in custom home building.