How to make your own house plan

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How to make your own house plan
Making one's own house plan will involve attention to details. (house plan 5 image by Christopher Hall from

Making your own house plans can be a fun challenge. While the simpler parts of sketching out a floor plan are fairly easy, that is only the beginning of a total house plan design. Drawing in interior features like entrances and room layout require some planning and forethought. Electrical wiring, plumbing and heating and air conditioning vents must be allowed for. Unless you are a licensed electrician, plumber and climate control specialist, you are going to need to consult with them to construct a workable house plan. Follow some steps to logically create your house plans.

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    Visit the building lot and walk it over. Review the local building codes and standards. Knowing the lot size and shape will help you design the house appropriate for the lot. Note its proximity to the street(s). Think logically where the house should be located. Consider driveway expense and layout.

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    Mark off the dimensions of the house you want to build to fit the lot in accordance with the building codes and your wishes. Use a 100-foot tape, wooden stakes and the help of a couple of friends to roughly locate the house on the lot. Go by rough, tentative dimensions since you have not drawn out the house plan yet. Keep the yard layout in mind as you situate the house.

    How to make your own house plan
    Building codes and standards dictate what is allowed to be built. (houses from above image by Robert Kelly from
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    Use common sense about day-to-day living to anticipate and accommodate life’s necessities. Plan the house size according to how many people will live there. Include sufficient room for comfort and privacy throughout the house.

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    Draw in common use areas, like kitchens and great rooms, as large as the budget will allow. Arrange food preparation areas for convenience. Think logically through the meal preparation process and locate essential appliances like sinks, refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers conveniently.

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    Add in porches, patios and decks to create enjoyable outdoor living spaces. Restrict these common, outside living areas to the main entrances and locate them away from private bedrooms and bathrooms.

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    Take your completed house plan drawing to electricians, heating and air conditioning technicians and plumbers to get their input. Visit the building inspector’s office to bring your house plan into compliance for the issuance of the building permits.

Tips and warnings

  • Anticipate making changes to your house plan as the different parts of it come together.
  • You will need to have an architect draw final blueprints once you have your plan like you want it.

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