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Do you need a Building Plan to Build and if so, why? This is our topic today! Too many times, we see homeowners building without a plan or changing their mind on the design of the building after construction has begun, this should NOT happen to you. So how can you get everything you want?

  1. The first step is simple, make a list of your wants. To assist with some of the questions you should ask yourself read our article: Residential Planning Checklist.


2.  Find a designer! Note, you should always have a list or an idea of the elements you want first, so when you meet the designer the meeting will be fruitful. There are three main options to pick from, Architect, Engineer or Draftsman. So how do you choose? How To Select the best designer to design your dream home.For more information, here is another link: Top Building Designers.


  1. To do any task efficiently you need a plan. For writers, a draft is crucial to ensure the piece captures all the necessary points and elements wanted. It also allows corrections to be made easily before the final product is produced. For mechanics, it is no different, it is a process where they identify what needs to be done, what materials are needed to accomplish the task, the cost of labor and materials, then lastly the look of the final product. Building plans or house plans are the same. It is a guideline of specifications (layouts, dimensions, materials, foundation, electrical and plumbing etc.) needed to create the ideal, cost effective, safe dream design.
  2. A plan also allows you to stay on budget. There are no unforeseen expenditure that will pop out. Unlike building without a plan you and your designer would have; made certain that the land was approved to build on, designed to make the most of your land, gone over your list to ensure the design is what you wanted and calculated the cost of the entire project in stages.
  3. Most homeowners focus on saving money, you want a structure that is ‘Quick and Cheap’ so much so that they build without a plan, which in the long run cost more. Why? Cause there is no plan, no direction. The final design is uncertain. Rather, you should always have a house plan, building plan. Talk to your designer about ways that you can save money now (the design, materials) and later (eco friendly sustainable design). Instead of ‘quick and cheap’ opt for ‘timely and affordable’, take the time to go through different options before construction starts.
  4. Another benefit of a house plan is Building to code. Building safely and within the regulations deemed acceptable for the structure.