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02/01/05

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Home Plan Checklist


Here are key considerations when designing your dream house.

Finding Your Dream Plan

Browsing through home plan magazines or online collections is a wonderful exercise in dreaming. But once you wake up to the reality of building a home, it's vital to step back and analyze what you expect from a house, and whether the plans you are selecting will really meet your needs.

That's where our checklist comes in handy. We've assembled some of the key considerations you should keep in mind when deciding on a plan. In fact, you can use this same checklist even if you are considering remodeling or building onto an existing home.

Exterior Monologues

These questions relate primarily to the outside of a house and its environment. Most of us start the plan selection process here, although most architects would argue that it's better to build "from the inside out." We'll address those issues later.

Have you settled on a design style you like?
design styleTake a drive around the area you are considering building in. Make note of the styles that appeal to you. If you don't know a colonial from a contemporary, you can still take a photo or two, and perhaps some notes about elements you like, such as wraparound porches or dormers, bay windows or cupolas. Bear in mind that the most attractive houses have a consistent style and relate in some way to the surrounding homes.

Do you have some favorite materials?
Cedar-shake roofs appeal to some, while inexpensive fiberglass shingles are fine with others. Maybe you have your heart set on brick, but have you considered what color brick and which texture you like? Once again, the best way to refine your choices is to look for houses you like, and note all of the materials they use and the way the materials are combined.

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