Welcome to Floor Plans 101. This is the first day of the rest of your new construction life… Yep this is most important step. So let me help you not mess this up.
Just so you know I may have exaggerated that first part just a little. You see in construction you can almost always fix everything. That being said it will cost you, not just in dollars, but in time. So the more organized and knowledgeable you are up front the better. This step is where you start all of that thoughtful organization and question asking. I usually tell my clients well in advance to start gathering ideas. I used to to tell them to cut out magazine pictures of home features that they liked and would like to include in their home. Now they have things like Pinterest and Houzz. You can create digital boards to keep your ideas. The reason this is so important is you will refer to these idea boards throughout your entire building process. It is so much easier to show someone what your vision is than to try and explain it. It will save a ton of miscommunication. Ready… Set… Go! Start gathering and talking endlessly about what your dream house vision is!
Okay, now that you have begun I want you to start thinking about blue prints. You can handle them in three different ways.
- Buy plans that someone else created without you in mind. There are pros and cons here. Pros are that they are quick and they are fairly inexpensive. Cons are they may not completely address every detail of your dream home. Also know that your builder probably has his own library of plans that he has acquired over the years. Not to mention said builder has had the advantage of building them and working out some of the kinks. Do not be afraid to explore your builders library of plans.
- If time is an issue you can still buy these plans that someone else has created then take them to a drafts person and have them enhanced. Now here are some things you should know if you are choosing this path. You will notice I said “drafts person” not architect. Drafts people are less expensive than an architect, but not always easy to find. Sometimes they are employed by an architect and you can ask if their services are available for a less expensive rate. If you have an architect that you know, like and trust by all means use them. They will be able to add some of the dream features that the original floor plans may have lacked.
- If you have the time, and you have budgeted to have your floor plans created by an architect or a drafts person, then option three is your best choice. You can create an original home to meet all of your specific needs. In all likely hood you will be selling it someday so keep that in mind. Resale matters. If you put your master bedroom in the basement because you like things cool and dark that could effect your resale. Not everyone will appreciate your genius. You can also ratchet it up the price quickly by adding huge windows or a lot of foundation corners or creating an engineering nightmare by vaulting a ceiling over your deck at a 45 degree angle while making sure it slides back at the push of a button so that you can view the stars twice a year. Seriously, I have seen some pretty crazy things.
There are a million ways to spend your money while building your home. Pace your self. Create a list of priorities so that you can check yourself and not go crazy like a kid in a candy shop.
TREASURE CHEST: I will leave you with these words of advice. If it looks expensive it probably is. If it is round it will cost more money. And last but not least, the more corners in your foundation the more it will cost.
I am Erica, and I help you buy the house you can afford and make it a home you love. Finding a home you can afford can be one of the most important financial decisions you make. Making it the home you love can be one of the most rewarding things you do.
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