Once you’ve decided to build your own small house (or have it built for you), you’re going to need plans. Before you even start building, you will need these to cost the project accurately, and if necessary to raise funds for building. You also need plans for your local authority or council, since you will not be allowed to start building until they check and pass your plans.
You probably have some idea of what you are going to build – or at least of what you would like to build – but have you considered which route to take when it comes to choosing new home plans for your small house?
Options for New Home Plans
Broadly speaking, your options range from buying home plans off the shelf to hiring a professional to draw them up from scratch. A middle-of-the-road option is to start with off the shelf plans that appeal to you, and then have them customized or adapted by a professional to meet your needs and the features of your lot.
Whether you opt for customization of plans or for plans that are totally unique and drawn from scratch, you are going to have to employ a professional to do the work for you. Here your options will range from a registered architect to a trained draughtsman or designer. While cost will usually be a consideration, your decision will also be affected by the land you have bought. In some instances you might be forced to use a specialist designer or architect, and possibly an engineer as well.
Off the Shelf Plans
Buying home plans off the shelf seems to be a quick, easy option… and it is to an extent. But it isn’t ever going to be a total solution, because you will also need site plans, drainage details and any other drawings your council calls for.
Before you buy ready-drawn plans, check exactly what your council needs and add the cost of additional plans and drawings to the price of your off the shelf package.
Unless your lot is absolutely flat and level, and you are certain there are no soil problems, you’ll find it lot safer to have customized plans prepared. Of course you can use ready-drawn plans as a starting point, but rather than buying these, a better bet is to work from published sketch plans that you will find in books and specialist magazines.
Apart from anything else, your input is a vital consideration.