By Alicia Kerr on August 09 2018 14:24:33
Building a new home or renovating your current one is one of the biggest financial decisions you will ever make. With so much money on the line, you should take the necessary steps to come up with the perfect house plans. Indeed, it should fit into your current lifestyle, but don’t forget about the future. Designing for your future needs does require a little more effort, but with some forethought, you can ensure that the design not only reflect your existing requirements but also accommodate potential future changes, such as starting a family in a few years’ time.
It is also important to understand that the total square footage of your new home refers to the finished portion of your house plan. Finished living areas are generally described as covered with sheetrock and wallpaper or paint. A heated area is also a good indicator of finished space. Areas like garages, porches and attics are considered unfinished and are not calculated in the total square footage of your home plan.
Another important consideration is how much privacy would you want and need from other occupants and neighbors. If privacy is important to you, consider a house plan with an L or U shape design. These types of house plans can provide you with more privacy when building on an urban or suburban lot.
Note that the terms house plans and floor plans tend to be used interchangeably, both in and out of the building industry. They do have different meanings however, with the latter being a scale drawing of one floor of a building, whilst a new house plan is a full set of construction plans for a building. The latter includes floor plans, elevations, sections, details, and specifications for construction.
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