When building a home, it’s important to work with the home builders to create a house plan that’s both convenient and practical. Whether you’re building in Sydney’s Northern Beaches or Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, there are a range of factors to consider when drawing up a floor plan. During the process, it’s easy to get caught up with superficialities. Too often, people tend to worry about kerb appeal instead of the functionality of your home.
We’re not saying ignore the aesthetics of your property. However, for you to be satisfied with your floor plan, you need to think about the big picture. This includes budget, block size and council regulations.
To help you out, we’ve discussed the key things that you need to consider when creating a house plan.
Plan your Budget
To make the process more efficient and to save you disappointment, it’s essential that you plan your budget. Knowing how much you can spend on your new property will prevent you from drawing up plans that you simply can’t afford. Having a clear budget also helps to narrow down your options, which will help you make timely and confident decisions.
You might find that your budget is actually lower than you originally thought. This could be due to associated costs that you hadn’t initially considered . For example, you might overlook the costs of landscaping, driveway installation, land registration and so on.
Make sure to ask the home builders how much your preferred floor plan will cost you. Some companies offer cost estimating services to give you a good idea of what you can afford.
Check Regulations with your Local Council
Before you do anything else, make sure you have the necessary planning and building permits. Usually building companies will do this for you. All they’ll need is written approval so that they have the authority to act on your behalf.
Depending on the area that you’re in, there might be restrictions on house height and home size. Additionally, there might be restrictions on the floor plans that you’re able to buy. Although the home builders and architects will know about such restrictions, it’s still a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as the homeowner. This will further narrow down your options and make the home planning and building process a tad easier.
It’s also good to know who is authorized to design, draft and finalize the plans. According to Consumer Affairs Victoria, architects, designers and drafts people can help you with planning as well as gathering foundation data and engineering computations. In order to prepare plans and specifications for construction, they will need to be architects registered with Architects Registration Board of Victoria or designers registered with the Victorian Building Authority.
This might be the most mundane part of planning your home, but that doesn’t make it any less important.
Look at your Location
Once the boring stuff is out of the way, it’s time to plan the major aspects of your home. The first thing to look at is your location. If you’re building a property in the outer suburbs, you’ll be able to plan a single storey home with a spacious backyard and a two-car garage. However, if you’re planning to build a home in an inner-city suburban area, you’re likely going to have less space to work with.
The next thing to consider is the actual space that your home will be sitting in. Does it have a slope? If so, how will you be planning your garage and driveway? How big is it? Are there sewage lines that can cause problems with construction? All of these factors must be addressed before getting too hung up on the small details of your home.
Think about your Lifestyle needs
Finally, it’s time to think about your lifestyle needs and preferences. If you have a family, it’s obviously important to consider the needs of your children. You might need to plan for a certain number of bedrooms, a play area, a large dining room, safe access routes and so on.
Due to the pandemic, many people have now taken their business into their homes. When drafting a floor plan, you might need to consider a quiet working space. If your profession has to do with fitness, you might want to plan for a personal gym or a large living room that can accommodate some physical activity.
Of course, your social life is also important. Are you the type to host parties? If so, you’ll have to consider how your kitchen and living room are arranged. Additionally, you might also plan for an outdoor space like a patio or a deck.
Improve on your current House Plan
If you’re struggling to come up with things that you’ll need, take a look at the property that you’re currently living in. Think about what you want to change and the problems that you face everyday. Perhaps the laundry room is too far from the clothes line. Maybe you find the kitchen is a bit too cramped. These are things that you can address in your new house plan.
Oftentimes homeowners get so focused on their dream space that they neglect the problems that are staring right at them.
Planning for a new home is exciting. But if you’re not careful, you can get tripped up during the process. Regulations, practicalities and financial limits are often dream killers. However, if you plan your home with those things in mind, the planning process can actually end up being an enjoyable experience.