How to Draw Your Own House Plans

Updated April 17, 2017

Building your own house is a long but very rewarding process. Though the planning, drawing out of plans, hiring of builders and contractors, selection of land, and so much more can be a long road, you know at the end you will get exactly what you want. Every colour, every flooring, every cabinet will be exactly what you picked, and that can be satisfying. Luckily, technology is lending a hand by offering software programs and websites that help you easily draw up your own house plans.

Make a list of the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you require. Then add a list of amenities such as laundry room, garage and office.

Search design websites and magazines to see what feature you might want in your home. For example, the type of windows you want will influence the size of your rooms. Will you have a breakfast nook, a formal dining room or perhaps both? All of these decisions should be made before you begin designing, although you can always go back and add things later.

Draw an initial plan on your graph paper. This does not have to be professional-looking; it just has to convey the basics of what you want. This will be helpful once you begin using software or a website to do the actual home planning.

Sign up for an account with an online house planner like Floor Planner that is free to use, or install software that you may have purchased for the same purpose.

Draw up your first room, then all other rooms as asked for in the software or website.

Complete your house and save your work. Go back over all details, and make sure you are satisfied with them. Change anything you are not satisfied with, and save your changes. These will become your blueprints that can be used by contractors to build your personal home plan.


If you are not sure about electrical or wiring, a certified electrician will be able to help. You will have to hire one anyway during the construction of the house, so getting advice from an electrician in advance will help make the building of the house go smoother.


Though you can print blueprints based on the plan you drew up, some builders will not accept blueprints unless they are from a professional designer or architect. If you have a specific builder in mind, make sure he will work with you if you don't have professionally drawn blueprints.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Ruler or other straightedge
  • House plan software
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About the Author

Melissa Martinez has been a freelance writer and copy editor since 2003. She specializes in Web content and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle" and is now the section editor for a minor league sports news wire. She attended Seattle University.