Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Small House Floor Plans For Cottage, Ranch Or Vacation Homes


Visitors: 2,902
 1 vote

Choosing a plan and layout for your new home should be invigorating. There are thousands of small house floor plans from which to base your own home. Unfortunately, the sheer magnitude of architectural house plans that are available can make the process confusing. But choosing a plan is as simple as knowing what you want from your home. Whether you prefer a one-story cottage or a 2-story log cabin, you can find house plans that will satisfy your imagination.

Consider Usefulness Over Size

If you're considering using small house plans from which to base your own design, your home will be 1,800 square feet or smaller. There are several things you should consider before looking at plans. First, think about the types of features in your current home or the homes of others that you enjoy. The placement of rooms, fireplaces, patios and windows can have a dramatic effect on how you feel about your house.

Second, consider what you'll do in each room of your home. If you prefer to read in a particular room, you can focus on plans that provide window space for the sun to enter the room. Third, understand how much room you'll need. If you have a young child, consider how your child to roam freely throughout your home. Fourth, consider the energy costs of potential house plans. Some plans allow the use of solar energy to light and heat your home, helping you to save money on your energy bill. Finally, make sure that the house plans you're considering fall within your budget for the materials and labor you'll need to have the house built.

Knowing What You Want

Choosing the right plan for your home is largely about knowing what you want and planning ahead. Plans aren't inherently better than other plans. They are either appropriate for your needs or not. Understand what you want from your new home. Think about the placement of rooms, windows, the fireplace and other elements. Consider how you and your family will adjust to your new home's layout. Think about the cost of materials and your potential energy bills. By knowing ahead of time how you'll use your home, you can choose a house plan with confidence.


To get a guide to architectural house plans , visit our free 3d house design software site.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
Hunting for Garden Collectibles & Antiques for Cottage Style Homes
Rated 1.0 / 5
based on 1 vote

Related Articles:

Garages For Ranch House Floor Plans

by: Alice Lane (August 17, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Storage Garage)

Raised Ranch House Plans - Great Living on a Whole New Level

by: Alice Lane (December 21, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/House Plans)

New Homes in Atlanta - New Home Floor Plans

by: Jayson Gibson (August 17, 2008) 
(Real Estate/Building a Home)

What to Consider While Choosing House Floor Plans

by: Bruce Markey (July 18, 2016) 
(Home Improvement/Flooring)

Manufactured Homes Offer Big Floor Plans and Luxury Options At Affordable Prices

by: Todd Ireland (May 11, 2010) 
(Home Improvement/House Plans)

Three 'Must-Know' Tips For Those New to Small Bathroom Floor Plans

by: Yamini Chowdhury (September 15, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Bath and Shower)

Ranch House Renovation Tips

by: Guy J Morris (October 09, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Remodeling)

How to Update Your Home With Ranch House Renovations

by: Peter I. Wilson (June 17, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Bath and Shower)

Choose a Cattle Ranch For Your Next Vacation Adventure

by: Bruce A. Tucker (August 06, 2008) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Hunting for Garden Collectibles & Antiques for Cottage Style Homes

by: C. Dianne Zweig (March 19, 2008) 
(Home and Family/Gardening)