There are a lot of decisions to make when you’re thinking about having a home built. Do I want a contemporary or a Mediterranean house plan? Since there are so many exciting – yet tedious – decisions to be made, it can be difficult to know where to start.
The biggest step, of course, is setting a budget and choosing a location. After that, you’ve got to decide on a house plan. Because you’ve probably got certain things in mind that you’d like your new house to have – whether it’s a big, inviting window or a Jacuzzi tub – you might have a hard time deciding whether to opt for a pre-drawn house plan or a custom home plan.
Buying a pre-drawn house plan, for some people, can seem a little anxiety-inducing, but it shouldn’t be. In fact, they have many advantages over custom drawn home plans.
The Comfort of a “Tour”
Perhaps the biggest advantage of a pre-drawn house plan is the fact that you can take a “tour” of the house before it’s built to make sure that you like it. Many pre-drawn home plans may have virtual tours or color photography to assist you in selecting the right home. You can see the way the house is laid out and decide if you’d like to purchase the plan. With a custom-drawn house plan, there’s nothing to look at until it’s already been drawn – and by that point, you’ve already committed.
Because the plans are at-the-ready, your dream home could find you rather than the other way around. You can look through all different types of houses, from quaint cottages layouts to Mediterranean-style house plans, and perhaps take a liking to something that you never knew existed. In the end, when you get to see something before locking it down, you’ll feel more secure in your decision.
Needless to say, the process of drawing up a house plan, especially one that has to meet your standards, is a time-consuming one. In fact, it can take up to ten times longer for the plans to get into your hands. Buying a house plan that’s already been drawn means that you can get to the fun part sooner rather than later: the building! If you’re eager to relocate quickly or sell your current house, while still getting the new home of your dreams, this is much more ideal.
You can purchase a pre-drawn house plan and have it modified to better suit your lifestyle and still have it be significantly less expensive than having a house plan custom-drawn. Custom house plans can end up costing up to 10% of the total construction cost.
A lot of people don’t realize what they’re getting themselves into when having a blueprint drawn from scratch, but on top of being time consuming and cost-effective, it can also be stressful. You’ll have to endure many hours in consultations to ensure that you’re happy with what you’re getting.
Some buyers seem to think that if they buy a pre-drawn house plan, they’ll be living in a carbon-copy home. In truth, there are thousands of pre-drawn plans available and they can all be modified. When buying a pre-drawn home plan, you’ll live in a unique house that meets all your expectations in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of having one drawn up from scratch.