Building a home is an inherently complicated process. There’s no way to wave a magic wand and make a brand-new home appear, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, equipped with the correct information, building your new home could be one of the most exciting and rewarding projects you’ll ever undertake. That’s the goal of Pinoy House Plans. With helpful advice on everything from selecting a home plan to your final walk-through, you’ll turn to this guide throughout the building process. We’ve kept an eye on the topics that home-builders have told us are important to them—including ways to make your new home more affordable, and how to find professionals you trust. They all combine to work towards the same goal: giving you the home of your dreams.
FIND THE RIGHT PLAN
For most of us, building a home is a once-in-a-lifetime endeavor. Consequently, finding the right home plan is crucial. You probably have some notions of the type of design you want to build. Plenty of major options await—two-story versus one-story, traditional rather than contemporary, an outdoor porch or maybe a sun-room. However, putting those ideas together and considering the hundreds of other details that will make your home perfect can be daunting.
One way to help define what you would like to have in your new home is to list the pluses and minuses of homes you’ve lived in before. You already know what you liked about those houses, so put it down on paper to help sort out your criteria and come to some conclusions. We’ve developed a short questionnaire on the following pages that will help you begin, or build upon your initial thoughts.
Remember that the facade, shown in the rendering of the home plan, may be flexible. Today’s siding materials often make it possible to choose a home plan showing horizontal wood siding that can be built with brick siding.
Selecting a roof type is a major decision, and one that will go hand-in-hand with the style of home you choose. While flat roofs are fine in warm, mild climates, they simply won’t hold up in snow country. In many areas, there are specific roofing codes to accommodate snow loads and high winds. If you suspect this may be the case in your building area, familiarize yourself with the code before you choose a plan.
You also will face decisions about foundation choices. Some plans are designed with a specific foundation (basement, crawlspace, slab, or pier) but may be converted by a qualified professional to suit your needs.
Finally, get acquainted with some basics on reading floor plans so you can understand the home completely. It may even be a good idea to buy a set of study plans (a single set of the full working drawings) for a design you are considering, so that you can check out the home in greater detail. The floor plans show all levels for the home, including a finished basement if it is part of the design. Rooms should be clearly defined as bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas, utility areas, and bonus spaces. Closets, cabinets and other built-ins, windows and doors (interior and exterior), stairways, and other pertinent features should be distinctly marked. The plan’s overall width and depth (at its widest and deepest points) should be indicated somewhere near the floor plans.