Designing a beautiful house can be a very enjoyable experience for many. Unfortunately, many home buyers do not know where to start when it comes to designing their dream home. They simply take on whatever design they see in a home guide or home improvement magazine without paying attention to details like: What does this design have to do with my lifestyle? or: Does this house plan fit my lifestyle? The answers to these questions are very important when choosing a house plan.
Many people want a beautiful, luxurious, house but they are not willing to put forth the effort to find it. While there are simple house models available that range from one story, two story, cottage, and many other common structures, most people will opt for a more luxurious type of home design. If you are looking for simple plans, you should know that many of the houses sold are not of European descent, and not even fully American. It has been estimated that almost 80% of all Americans now live in a simple house model, which consists of a single storey attached to a large yard.
If you are looking for simple house designs, you should not limit yourself to magazine or newspaper cuttings, but instead, try to find actual plans online. Please note that most beautiful house pictures can only say so much without being able to show actual photographs or accurate computer renderings of the designs. If you have access to the internet, you will be able to easily find many beautiful designs using simple tools. I would suggest using House Beautiful, House Wares, Zereo, and even House Show to find actual home design inspiration.
Once you find actual home design inspiration, you should consider the location of the site where you will build your dream house. While exotic locations are nice, many individuals prefer to build their house within driving distance of their work, so that they can actually go home during the day if they wish to do so. This is often seen as the main advantage of choosing a country design over an urban one, because of the fact that you have the ability to actually go home everyday.
I also recommend reading books or watching cooking shows about interior design and home construction as you search for your dream home design. Many people forget that they should also take into account the surrounding area they plan to build on. A perfect example would be if you’re looking to build a modern swimming pool in a rural setting, you need to ensure that you have adequate lighting for when you go swimming in the pool in the evenings. This way, it won’t be difficult to locate the light switch from a distance, especially in the evening. This same principle applies if you ever decide to add a swimming pool into the main building of your home.
The final point to consider in your design is whether you will build your house plan as one unit, or as part of a series of related designs. This is something that is very common among smaller homes which are made by couples as they are cheaper to build as a result. However, if you want a more elaborate design, then I would recommend building up the various designs one by one, using modern technology like CAD-CAM to create 3D computer-generated designs, rather than trying to fit your life into a small space.