Tips for Choosing a House Plan to Fit Your Lot

There are a lot of choices to make when deciding to build a home. One of the very first and very important decisions you will make is finding a plan that is going to fit your lot. You want your home to function at its best on your piece of land. At Harvest Homes Utah, we can help you with that and give you some clear ideas. Here is an article that will give you a few tips:

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Tips for Choosing a Home Plan to Fit Your Lot

1. Start with lot dimensions. Knowing your lot’s basic measurements and allowable building area will allow you to quickly sort through potential house plans. For instance, a skinny, long lot will do best with narrow house plans. Find a plan that can maximize flow and sunlight while maintaining a slender shape.

2. Prioritize important features. Beyond meeting basic lot requirements, a dream home should be comfortable and convenient for the residents. Work together as a family to make a list of “must have” features for your new home. For instance, if you’re planning to retire in this home, it makes sense to consider single story house plans.

3. Make use of topography. Do you have a sloped lot? Use your imagination as to what you could do. One home buyer was able to place a basketball court right under the garage. But you don’t have to go completely custom to capitalize on the unique space opportunities of your lot. For instance, you can locate a daylight basement on the lower story of a home that’s situated on a slope. Think about trees or shrubbery.  How will you home fit around what is already on the lot?

4. Showcase natural features. You may be lucky enough to have a fantastic view. If your dream home will look out over a lake, stream or mountain range, be sure to select a home plan that has living spaces that face toward that special feature. Even small cottage house plans can be designed with walls of windows to take in that amazing view. Look for plenty of windows facing the showcase view.

5. Get inspired. Get creative as you compile ideas for your dream home’s floor plan. The hardest part of the home design process is visualizing what you want and need without any pre-existing image. An idea we have is to start a collage board where you can clip out home features you’d love to have in your own home.

These are a few of the top considerations when selecting a house plan for a specific lot. Think of this as your starting point. Think about the future, too. You will want to think of future expansion if you plan to live in your home for a long time.