How to Create Unique House Plans for That Perfect Look
With an industry of $51 billion and over 77,400 employees, the custom home construction sector in Australia is a booming one. This means that if you’re looking to build your dream home, you have a lot of options and opportunities!
However, in order to begin the process of constructing a house, you’re going to need to draw up house plans. Working with professional designers and creating a creative and unique plan is critical to bringing your house to live.
Read on to learn how you can draw up a house plan and start the process of designing your New South Wales home!
What Is the Best Way to Get Ideas
Before beginning, you’re going to need to get ideas for your home. Here’s what you need to do.
Look at images on Pinterest and other similar websites. This will give you a feel for the home layouts that you like the best. It also will allow you to see what room structures you want to include and whether or not there are any add-ons, additional features, or luxury spaces that you want to invest in.
Talk to other people. Friends and family members have ideas on how your home can be laid out that you may not have considered before. This is especially the case if they’ve had custom homes built!
Don’t forget any additional features. Want a deck, patio, outdoor kitchen, backyard pool, or home library? Don’t forget to look into these. Make sure that you check out the various designs and styles that you can get. These fixtures all come in multiple different shapes and sizes, so make sure that you’re vigilant in your decision making.
What Are the Initial Costs?
When you choose Distinct Building Design’s services, you’ll get a free site assessment. You also can freely discuss the ideas you have with your designer. This makes the initial costs nonexistent!
However, you’re likely wondering what you’ll need to pay for help in designing and executing your custom home plans.
Unfortunately, there is no clear and definitive answer to this question. As all sites and home plans are different, the costs for creating and designing your dream home are dependent on what you want. The cost of your project is highly variable based on the size, materials, layout that your home will have as well as the quality and adaptability of the building site.
However, this is actually a blessing in disguise. We’ll talk about this more later when discussing fee proposals, but your house plans can be adapted to fit into any budget. Our professionals will help you come up with a home that is beautiful while still remaining within your budget.
What Are Your Main Plan Options?
Once you have the site you want to build on assessed for your home, it’s time to look into what sort of house plan you want. You have two options here: pre-made house plans and custom-made ones. Read on to learn the benefits of each so that you can be informed when making your decision.
Pre-Made House Plans
Pre-made house plans are exactly what they sound like. Designers already have drawn up the basis for what your home will be, and all you need to do is choose which one you want before designers can adapt it to your site.
This process is incredibly simple and quick. It also is fairly inexpensive since you’ll be buying what is essentially a pre-written house template. If you’re on a budget or have a strict deadline for your project, this may be the right choice for you.
However, you also will have less control over your space than you would with custom plans. While minor tweaking is possible, you won’t have a lot of wiggle room.
Custom-Made House Plans
The other option that you have are custom-made plans, which give you the opportunity to choose the way that every millimeter of your home is constructed.
Though custom house plans take more effort and time to draw up, this is generally worth the work. It’s also worth the slightly higher fees that you may need to invest in your home. You can decide on each feature of your home and make it distinctly yours. This allows you to have more control over your space.
While you may worry that you will design something incorrectly or forget an essential part of your home, there’s truly nothing to fear. Our experts will assist you every step of the way to maximise your satisfaction with your dream house!
What Steps Are Involved in House Plan Approvals?
Now that you’ve done your research and decided whether you want to use pre-made or custom house plans, it’s time to get started. Here, we’re going to discuss how you can work with a Distinct Building Design professional to bring your vision to life. Read on to learn how to create a house plan that’s ready for council approval!
Include Appropriate Information in Your Plan
Before you can submit your house plans for approval, you must ensure that you have all the necessary information included within them. Typically, this means that you must write out:
- Foundation plans, which include details about the structural foundation of your prospective home (beams, columns, slab, concrete foundation, etc.)
- Elevation plans, which illustrate each side of your home with a) exact measurements of walls and b) materials that your home is to be constructed from
- Floor plans, which demonstrate the layout of each room by showing where doors, windows, walls, and built-in fixtures (like cabinets and islands) will be built
- Electrical plans, which show where outlets and built-in light fixtures will be
- Roof plans, which show the angles, elevation, materials, and chimney placement (if applicable) of the roof of your house
There are occasionally other considerations included on a plan, too. Discuss the professional that you’re consulting for your home plan’s specifics as to whether anything else needs to be included when planning to create a custom home in your New South Wales area.
After you and your expert building designer come up with preliminary house plans, an analysis of the site that you want to build on is in order. Here, you’ll work with your designer to see whether or not you can mould your designs to fit in the site that you want to build on. This is a good opportunity to see if you and the professional are a good fit for one another.
Together, you and the designer will analyse whether your preliminary plan can be adapted to the area. This means looking into climate, orientation, potential overshadowing by landforms, geotechnical reports, bushfire risks, and access to services that you need such as water and plumbing.
If the designer deems that, yes, it is feasible to adapt your design to work with the site that you’ve selected, they will create a concept plan and site analysis after their first time going there with you.
Fee Proposal and Design Contract
It’s at this point that you will draw up a design contract with the professional.
We at Distinct Building Design will create a fee proposal for the use of our design services. Since we pride ourselves on having the lowest prices for the highest quality in the New South Wales area, we will be happy to work with you in adapting your plan to fit your budget.
The ultimate result will be something called an ‘opinion of probable cost.’ This will detail the costs that you likely will need to pay to your designers. While this is a fluid contract that can be adapted and re-worked later, it’s important to take it seriously. There are a lot of design variables beyond designer control, but the document is usually pretty accurate.
Once you approve this document and sign a design contract with top-notch experts, it will be time to get started with the fun part: finalisation of your plans!
Finalisation of Plans
Before even signing with the design contractor you’ve chosen, you had a pretty well-thought-through and detailed preliminary house plan. However, now that you have a solid working relationship with a professional, you can finalise your plans and make them more specific.
Our designers will create concept designs to visually convey what they’re thinking of doing for your home. These are basically hand-drawn sketches that show the potential forms of various rooms and structures. When looking at them, you will be able to conceptualise the spacial arrangements for each room in your custom home. There will be multiple sketches, so you can choose the one that you want to be developed.
After you choose the concept design that you like best, design development can begin. This includes the sizes of doors and windows, preliminary room arrangements, and the choice of construction systems for your home. At this point, you will usually see a 3D-rendered image of your home that you can use to make decisions, choose materials, and more.
Council Approval and Certification
Are you satisfied with the final plans, concept design, and layout for your home?
Great! Then it’s time to get started with getting it approved.
There are two possible ways that you may go about doing this. First, if you have simple designs that aren’t subject to specific planning, you can submit them to the council for both planning and construction approval at the same time.
If you have more complicated design plans, though, you may need to submit separate planning approval and construction approval plans. This occurrence is less common than the alternative, but you’ll need to submit separate plans if your proposed structure is out of character with the rest of your neighbourhood or impacts on the amenities or views of those living in the area currently.
Once you have council approval, you can begin the process of building your home!
There are many aspects of building house plans that bring your dream to life. Each of these aspects is crucial in the preliminary steps of the home building process. However, a plan is much easier to come up with when you have professional help.
Contact our expert building designers for help with creating and finalizing plans for your dream home’s design. Since Distinct Building Design has over 30 years of experience in changing home ideas into plans and then changing those plans into reality, our experts are sure to help you come up with the perfect home to suit your needs.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!