I found an article by Deborah Gaskil that I thought would be helpful to anyone thinking about building a home - be it a small house plan, a cabin plan or a garage apartment plan.
Deborah's 8 steps are:
1. Make a list of all your priorities.
2. Select three different plans to make your final decision from.
3. Include the possibility of future expansions to your home. Whether it may be adding on to your home or utilizing the attic space above a garage or in the attic space.
4. Make sure your furnishings (either furniture you already own or plan to own) will fit well and you have enough space to move about your rooms easily. Pay special attention to your dining room(s) so that there is enough space for your chairs to be pulled out to sit comfortably down at your table. If there will be a staircase/hallway, make sure that there is adequate space (width and height) to move furniture in and out.
5. Kitchen plans should flow well from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator and have enough counter space to work easily without the traffic ways being cramped. Always plan a nice closet-type pantry area in your kitchen. It saves a bundle on cabinet expense and helps keep things at an easy reach.
6. Bathrooms are more spa-like nowadays. Consider if you would like that over sized shower, a separate tub and even a spot for a television. Walk-in showers are a hit today. Ahhhhhxhilarating!
7. Consider having a laundry room on more than one floor of your home. It only makes sense to not have to carry loads of laundry up and down the stairs.
8. If you like to sew, paint, craft and such it is a great idea to plan your own “play” room. This room should be organized from the start so that you can work without having obstacles preventing your creativeness from flowing.
Okay, did I get your thoughts flowing? Think of all the little things that are important to your everyday life as well as the things that are special to you and your loved ones. If you love to sit on a chaise lounge and read a spicy thriller, make sure you pick your spot (that it will fit) before your build your home. If you love to entertain, make sure you pick a home building plan that will allow your guests the comfort of your hospitality. As you can see, choosing a plan takes thought and time. So don’t rush. You’ll be much better off by taking your time and thinking through all the little stuff.
Deborah and her husband purchased land to build their dream home and in 1997 they moved in. With the astonishment of the Gaskill’s home planning skills and the ease of their building experience, their construction loan officer inspired Deborah to write BuildWisely’s Home Planning Guide and, ultimately, http://www.buildwisely.com/
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