By Joe Szabo, Scottsdale Real Estate Team
Selecting the house plan to build your new home can be an exciting process. Finally you have the opportunity to create the home of your dreams that matches your family’s lifestyle. Besides square footage, the number of bedrooms and an inspiring design, there are some additional items you should consider when selecting the plans to build your new home. Here you will get some insight from a builder’s perspective on what makes a great set of house plans.
Energy Efficiency: If you’re thinking of building a more energy efficient home to save on your utility bills and help the environment, you might want to consider a plan that has been designed with this in mind. The folks here at The House Designers have a large collection of green house plans that are designed to the Energy Star standard. Because this energy efficient standard requires special building procedures and products, it will save you time and money to include them in the initial house plan set.
Foundation Type: Your house plan foundation will be affected by the lot that you ultimately choose. You probably won’t want to build a slab foundation if your lot is low due to the additional costs to raise the building pad. As far as basements go, you probably won’t want a basement if your lot has rock at, or just below, the surface as this can be expensive to remove. So, you may want to consider ordering your house plans after finalizing your lot selection.
Plan Handing: Many of the house plans offered by The House Designers can be reversed…which means the layout can be changed to the opposite of what is shown. So, if you choose to reverse a plan with a garage, the driveway and garage will flip to the opposite side of the home. This is sometimes required if you are building on a corner lot as many municipalities won’t let you place a driveway near an intersection.
You may also want to consider views when deciding the orientation of your home. You may want to reverse your house plan so the large grouping of windows frames that gorgeous ocean or mountain view.
Please note that this Scottsdale Real Estate Blog is for informational purposes and not intended to take the place of a licensed Scottsdale Real Estate Agent. The Szabo Group offers first class real estate services to clients in the Scottsdale Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area in the buying and selling of Luxury homes in Arizona. Award winning Realtors and Re/MAX top producers and best real estate agent for Luxury Homes in Scottsdale, The Szabo group delivers experience, knowledge, dedication and proven results. Contact Joe Szabo at 480.688.2020, info@ScottsdaleRealEstateTeam.com or visit www.scottsdalerealestateteam.com to find out more about Scottsdale Homes for Sale and Estates for Sale in Scottsdale and to search the Scottsdale MLS for Scottsdale Home Listings.
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