Category: Planning

Drawing Your Own House Plans

  • By Householders Guide
  • 8th April, 2011
House Plans

There are many reasons why you might want to know how to go about drawing your own house plans.

One reason is to save money, as architects can be quite expensive. The other reason is that some people feel it is easier to put their own ideas on paper than it would be to convey those ideas to a professional, because the ideas are coming directly from the source itself.

Whilst it might have been more challenging to draw up your own plans in the past, the development of sophisticated software to help draw up house plans makes the process even easier. However, in order to make sure that your plan comes out exactly as expected, it is important that you know how to go about drawing your own house plans. This will save you a lot of headache in the building process.

The first step to drawing a house plan is to come up with a draft. However, before coming up with a draft plan, it is essential that you know exactly what you want to achieve with your house. Therefore, take your time to list everything that you expect your house to contain, such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, how big your kitchen will be, whether you want your dining room and living room to be one single unit or separate rooms, and anything else that comes to mind.

In addition, look through different design magazines to stimulate your creativity. During this process, do not hurry things up; rather take your time and enjoy the moment. See this as a brainstorming process that will help you to truly come out with some great house plans.

Once you have a clear idea, you can then begin putting that together in your draft plan. Keep in mind that your draft does not have to look like anything special. All that matters is that it is clearly written, as you will be using this draft to come up with a master plan when you finally enter it into a decent CAD software. Another thing to keep in mind when looking for one of these programs is that they are easy to learn, as you do not want to spend too much energy on trying to master the software.

Always remember that you are not a professional architect, so it is far better to focus your energy on creating your house plan that trying to learn an extremely complex piece of software that an architect might use. Also, keep in mind that you have to convey your ideas clearly on the plan, as this will ensure that your builders will be able to understand exactly what it is you want.

Once you have completed your house plans, take some extra time to review it, as well as to share it with other professionals in order to get their point of view as to how practical it is. This in turn will ensure that when you finally do build your home, it will be the home of your dreams.

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