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Find Your Dream Home Floor Plans Online

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Practicing as a professional interior designer for 30+ years, I do design & build projects & offer tips on how to do simple design tasks.

People have divergent views of what their dream house and dream to build their own homes. After all, putting money into building a residential structure is one of the greatest investments most of us aim to achieve.

But how do you find affordable ways to obtain building plans without requiring the expensive services of architects? We all know architectural fees don’t come cheap.

Today, things are different and we all have a choice. With thousands of stock plans produced by top architects and made available to buy online, you can save thousands of dollars and put the money you save to good use elsewhere in your construction budget.

Not only can you obtain building plans at very affordable prices online, you also get very detailed cost estimates as well, an aspect that doesn’t come cheap either. So, you not only save on design costs, you save on estimations too, cutting out the pricey services of a quantity surveyor.

Narrow Lot Home Design
Narrow Lot Home Design | Source

From blueprints of container homes, beach homes and mother-in-law apartments to ranch-style houses, country homes, homes for narrow lots, Mediterranean style houses, cabin homes, A-frame and ultra-modern structures, the choice is unimaginable. You will find that all plans and blueprints are categorised for ease of search, based on architectural styles, periods and designs.

Which Architectural Designs are Most Sought After?

People have diverse tastes when it comes to architectural styles of residential buildings. While many love traditional classic homes, most, however, are more interested in interior layouts with open floor plans, split levels, outdoor living areas, and en-suite bedrooms with plenty of storage and luxury features.

One thing they may all have in common though – they want smaller houses. People are more interested in the interior design and are willing to forego some of the 20th-century's most popular rooms in order to accommodate changing their lifestyles.

Because many more people now work from home, people want designs that incorporate an office in the home, a studio/music room (for musicians), study, and/or a craft room. Some want guest room suites built over their garages with a private entrance.

Dream Home Design
Dream Home Design

Customised Homes Plans

If you find something you like but feel there is still something missing you’ll want to have added, the stock plans retailers will do that for you, mostly at no extra cost.

And if you find a design that you think is fantastic but too large for the size of your plot, it can be customised to fit your available space. What this means is that anything you choose can be tailored to suit your personal needs and lifestyle.

Their on-site home design experts will modify and make almost any adjustments if need be. And if you can’t find what you like, which is highly unlikely, a fresh set of blueprints can be produced from scratch, just for you.

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Architectural Home Design Style of Caretaker's Lodge
Architectural Home Design Style of Caretaker's Lodge

Can't Decide Which Home Design to Choose?

Let's say for instance, you have a hard time deciding between a few plans that strikes your fancy, or, you want to know what it will cost to build the few you like (you'll want to know before investing in the purchase of a set of full construction blueprints), then you can opt to buy a planning set for a small fee.

This fee is refundable when you finally make a purchase (within a stipulated period of time).

Building Cost Estimation

Before buying a set of floor plans, it is good to get a precise estimate of what it will cost to build your home.

Some online home plan retailers have taken cost estimating to the next level by offering their buyers a cost estimator tool that is great for either basic or rough cost estimations. You can also get this tool to buy online if you need to build a house and need a good idea of what it will cost.

The cost estimation tool will not only work with your choice of material wherever your specific locality may be, it will also calculate whatever builders/labour costs you will incur and work in the units and format you want without you having to struggle with complicated math – feet and inches, fraction, decimal or metric.

Acquiring house building blueprints online will be the only way in the not too distant future because as the cost of professional architectural services continues to skyrocket, many more people will begin to appreciate the fact that getting building plans online is the only way to get the opportunity of choosing from thousands of unique house plans.

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      viryabo 13 months ago

      Thank you for visiting Rachel :)

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      Rachel 13 months ago from Adelaide

      Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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      Colinsmith0000 5 years ago

      Good post thanks for sharing post

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      viryabo 6 years ago

      Thank you for the kind compliments ANW, and thank you for visiting.

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      Architects North Wales 6 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub, very informative but also free flowing and an easy read.

      You are clearly passionate on the subject and know what you are talking about. I find it refreshing to see someone taking an active interest. Keep up the good work!

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Thanks habee for being my 1st visitor and for your nice comments.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      This is wonderful information!