When you begin the process of building a new home, it can be difficult to understand every step along the way. This guide helps streamline and organize the pre-building process.
Things to Consider
Your Current Home | Checklist
Take some time to think through the good and bad of your current and past homes. We created a checklist you can use to walk through your home and highlight each area you would like to carry over or improve in your new home.
Your Stage in Life
Growing family | Empty Nesters | Age In Place | Downsize | Upgrade
Your Building Lot
Know answers to these questions early to prevent issues and help guide your house plan selection.
Your Budget | Cost Estimates
Knowing the costs associated with building a new home will help you make the necessary budgetary decisions. This article by, Home Advisor, does an excellent job detailing the factors to consider when building and the average cost range per square foot. You can even gather building cost estimates for your zip code.
Your Timeframe | Wait Times to Start a Project
Understanding the market will help you set realistic expectations for how long building a new home will take, and when you should plan to take specific steps.
This article by Houzz is a great place to start. If building in 2019, wait times are shorter than they were in 2018.
Find the Right House Plan
Know the Terms | Architectural Styles & Elements
Taking time to understand common terms and styles used in residential architecture, you will be armed with the knowledge needed to clearly articulate your goals and wishes.
Architectural Styles | Learn More
Select Your Home Plan | SketchPad House Plans
Now that you have a comprehensive list of requirements and wants, its time to find the perfect house plan. Our house plans focus on improving the way you live. Years of experience as architects designing custom residential homes has led to our expertise in custom quality home plan development.
Herring Plan: 2,679 sqft | 3 bed | 2.5 bath | 1 floor | 2 car garage
Discover Your Style | Havenly Quiz | Home Polish Quiz
Start the building process by understanding your interior design style preferences. Havenly and Home Polish are excellent sources for interior design services. Both quizzes will kickstart your project. If you are looking for help in selecting finishes for your new home, they would be great resources later in your project.
Gathering quality inspiration and guidance for your new custom home can be difficult. We put together this section to highlight our recommendations for where and who to look at for inspiration. Enjoy!
Instagram | @sketchpadhouseplans
Instagram is an excellent place to find stunning design inspiration. Architects, interior designers, residential builders, and homeowners post and share photos and video. Our favorite aspect is the ability to search by hashtag. You can dial in what you are wanting to see and find accounts that specialize in a specific style.
Find some accounts you like, look at their followers, and continue down the design rabbit hole. You may discover an interior designer or residential home builder you would like to work with!
Accounts to follow:
Pinterest | SketchPad House Plans
Pinterest has long been the go-to place to find inspiration, unique resources, and advice. You can begin your search using specific terms or hashtags.
Houzz | SketchPad House Plans
Houzz provides design inspiration and advice specifically for residential home projects.
Steps you should take:
1. Create ideabooks (exterior, interiors, floors, tile, layout, colors, etc)
2. Take notes on photos to communicate what you like
3. Follow interior designers, residential builders, and material suppliers
Zillow | Explore Homes
Open houses are a great place to gather inspiration. Zillow is the "online open house." Explore homes in your area and around the nation.
1. Browse homes in your area and your favorite locations to vacation or visit
2. Save links to homes you like and note what you like (exterior, layout, interior design)
Looking for more context behind a design or links to specific pieces within it? Design blogs are a great resource for understanding the motivation behind a design.
Source: Muskoka Living
Source: Emily Henderson Interior Design
Source: Amber Interiors
Source: Coco Kelley
Source: Wit + Delight
Source: Old Brand New
Source: Lark & Linen
Before You Break Ground
Select a Residential Builder | Find a Builder
Selecting the right team to build your home is not a decision to be taken lightly. Do your research, ask questions, and talk with previous clients to understand their experience. Houzz is a great resource for accessing residential builders in your local area. You can read reviews, see completed project photos, understand their average project cost, and contact them for more information.
Meet with a Local Structural Engineer
When you purchase a stock home plan it is recommended to have a local structural engineer review them and supply any supplemental information specific to your local code and ordinances, as well as site soil conditions. When stock home plans are offered for sale they cannot be specified to every geographical area as every municipal code varies around the country.
Stay One Step Ahead
Work with your contractor and communicate changes early. Every change will change the timeline and increase cost. Throughout the build, you will have countless decisions to make. By thinking ahead a few steps, you can be instrumental in keeping things on time and within budget.
Unsure what materials to select? An interior designer is an excellent asset to have by your side. Although an added expense, interior designers are experts in keeping projects on time and to budget not to mention making sure your home turns out perfectly.
We hope this guide has been helpful and has you excited to begin the process. Explore our house plans to get the ball rolling. If you have any questions we are happy to provide advice, point you in the right direction, and connect you with experts in the field.