Archive for the 'Planning' Category

Avoid Common Home Building Mistakes

Friday, May 19th, 2006

If you are planning to build a new home, you should review the following list of items that are considered to be mistakes made by other first time home builders. Taking a few moments out of the day to read this information may save your heartache in the future.

Not enough time is spent in the planning process:

Any one who has built, or even bought a home, will tell you the importance of making a shopping list for your new home. You need to consider not just the large issues such as room count and how the fasade will fit in with the neighborhood, but also the smaller details associated with every day life.

Watch your family carefully to find out the patterns of their day. If you discover that your kids are coming in the front door and dropping their coats on the floor, you should consider the added-value of a front hallway closet. If your football playing son is leaving his shoulder pads in the kitchen, it might be a clue that you are lacking storage space. If your laundry room is overcrowded by bulk laundry products and multiple hampers, it might signify a need to an organizational system built into the laundry area in a new home.

Take plenty of time to analyze your needs, as well as your wants. Not too many people NEED 3 sinks in their kitchen. However, it may be what you want. Make your list, and take your time!


How to Read a Blueprint

Friday, May 19th, 2006

This is a very useful article from the BHG magazine about how to understand what are the symbols on the blueprint mean.

Blueprint symbols are the universal language of builders and contractors. Once you’ve learned the language, you, too, will be in the know.

The codes shown here are in general use in the building industry but may vary slightly from architect to architect. Consult with your contractor if you don’t understand a symbol on your blueprints.

Additional notes:

  • In the kitchen, appliance and door swings are noted on blueprints, which will help you visualize the flow of the space and anticipate any potentially awkward problems.
  • A circled number with a triangle means there is additional information elsewhere in the set of plans, or it indicates a revision.


A Beginner’s Guide to Buying House Plans

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Learn How to Select a House Plan That Will Result in The Home of Your Dreams

Building a home for most people is one of the most adventurous and time consuming projects a family can invest in during a lifetime. Because of that, it is important that care be taken when buying, selecting and implementing a house plan.

Before buying a house plan, you should first ensure you know what you are getting into.