What Are The Best House Plan Ideas?

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    Are you considering building a new home or renovating an existing one? If so, you may be wondering what the best house plan ideas are. There are many factors to consider when choosing a house plan, including the size and layout of the home, your budget, and your personal preferences. This blog post will explore some of the best house plan ideas to help you choose the perfect design for your new home. Read on for more information!

    Incorporate Statement Fretwork Into Your Home Design

    To keep materials consistent throughout their energy-efficient home and herald the nearby Black Country and its local artisans, these homeowners chose to include a touch of industrial style with seven fretwork panels made from mild steel that adorn the staircase from top to bottom and the striking pergola entrance porch.

    The delicate design and painted coating add a 'wow' factor to the interior and exterior, turning an entrance and flight of stairs into something far from ordinary.

    Opt For A Courtyard Layout In Your House Design

    A courtyard layout can provide ample scope to connect multiple rooms to the garden and flood the space with light. With single-storey homes, in particular, this home design idea avoids the need for deep floorplans, which can often suffer from a lack of natural light.

    Build A Large, Practical Pantry

    A design idea growing in popularity, the pantry has also grown in room size. As a result, homeowners opt for larger utility-sized spaces instead of a cupboard, freeing up the kitchen for living and entertaining.

    Incorporate Fitness And Wellbeing In Your House Design

    An outdoor swimming pool is part of a better home design idea to make the house a space where we keep healthy and well and a place to relax and entertain. The popularity of home gyms is another case in point.

    Blur The Lines Between Indoor And Outdoor Living

    While 'opening the house to the garden' is not a new design idea for your home, there is now an increased focus on a considered use of materials in both the interior and adjacent outdoor environment.

    There is now a push to create a 'room outdoors' and reduce perceptible boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

    Bedrooms With Balconies

    Recent years have seen self-builders and renovators alike incorporating outdoor spaces leading off from their bedrooms. Whether located on the first floor giving far-reaching views or incorporated as part of an 'upside-down' layout, with bedrooms leading off to terraces, adding a sense of the outdoors to sleeping spaces is a great design feature.

    Use Concrete To Create A Contemporary Look

    Don't dismiss concrete if you're looking to construct your extension in something a little different. The material is no longer covered up but exposed as an architectural finish, known as 'visual concrete', in domestic builds. It's a good material to use externally — it's durable, doesn't require much maintenance and can be left exposed. 

    Recycled Kitchens: Budget And Eco-Friendly House Design Solutions

    While upcycling is nothing new, the number of people recognises how much they can save by buying a second-hand or ex-display kitchen is. The emergence of more and more companies specialising in used kitchens is a testament to the growing popularity of this way of buying a kitchen. Plus, there are often some bargains to be had.

    Choose Pivot Doors For Added Wow-Factor

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    Move aside bifold and sliding doors; the latest glazed patio doors do not fold or slide back but delicately pivot — providing a large expanse of glass coupled with minimal frames as a further benefit.

    Create A Mezzanine To Use Every Inch Of Space In Your House Design

    Using space in the ceiling to provide extra living accommodation makes sense — it ensures every last inch of space within a house is used without new foundations or planning permission.

    From 'floating' sleeping pods to home offices or informal living spaces, mezzanines provide quiet spaces away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home without being cut off from the action. They need not be an expensive addition either — some of the most innovative mezzanines are created from inexpensive materials and are accessed via simple flights of stairs.

    Make A Feature Of Rainwater Goods

    Hidden rainwater goods have become a popular design idea in recent years.

    However, making this building element a feature, with chunky, aesthetically-pleasing gutters, hoppers and downpipes, is another (cheaper and perhaps less complex to achieve) solution.

    Incorporate Pocket Doors

    While open-plan living spaces are still a firm favourite in self-built and renovated houses, we're seeing a shift towards creating spaces that can adapt to intimate everyday living and occasions when family members and friends descend en masse.

    One elegant and discreet way of achieving this is by including pocket doors — this slide back into a cavity in the adjacent walls when not in use (as here) to open up rooms to one another.

    Install Hidden Lighting

    While bringing natural light into the home is a recurring theme, it can be easy to forget how important achieving a well-balanced artificial lighting design scheme can be — many treat this design element as an after-thought, placing a few pendants and downlights wherever there's space.

    Consideration of your home's lighting should be planned out well in advance.

    Consider Split Level Layouts

    When you consider how plots are becoming increasingly hard to track down, and some of the most stunning of these plots are located on sloping sites, the increasing prominence of split-level layouts begins to make sense.

    While the split-level layout may often be born out of necessity, it often brings warmth and character to homes. It is because level changes act to define individual areas within open-plan spaces. For example, in large houses, they break up vast spaces to avoid them becoming too clinical, while in small spaces, they break up rooms without the need for walls.

    Make Outside Spaces Suitable For British Weather

    Covered outdoor spaces allow the British summer to be enjoyed whatever the weather, plus provide an opportunity to make a design statement.

    However, we're no longer simply looking to create such spaces on the ground floor, but on the first floor, where covered balconies or loggias leading off the main bedroom are a happy indulgence.

    Modular Bathrooms

    It's not just construction systems that are going modular; our fixtures and fittings are too. New from Roman for 2020 is this basin and vanity unit-linked directly to the shower enclosure. This all-in-one piece fixes together precisely, which means no more butting up basins to glass panels, and no more tricky spots to clean!

    Opt For A Dramatic Ceiling In Your House Design

    We're accustomed to seeing flat ceilings in our homes, but if you are extending or building from scratch, it's a great opportunity to think outside the box when it comes to your ceiling design.

    Vaulted ceilings are a great way to add interest and volume to any space can fit well in both contemporary and traditional home designs.

    Make Use Of Timber Cladding

    Versatile, rustic and lending warmth, timber has become the go-to material for those seeking to bring texture to their projects — both inside and out.

    Whether it's dark-stained pine to add contrast and help the home to blend in with its surroundings, rough-sawn oak left to weather to a silver-grey, birch, western red cedar, larch or plywood lining the walls, ceilings and floors to provide a warm and cosy space, timber cladding is a popular home design idea.

    Bring Glazing Indoors For Added Architectural Interest

    Interior glazing is by no means an architectural innovation — this device has been used for years in commercial spaces and offices.

    However, self-builders are now beginning to see the benefit of interior glazing in new homes: it can allow natural light and views to be 'shared' by adjacent rooms while still offering a degree of soundproofing.

    Allowing light to reach into even the most central sections of the floorplan incorporating internal glazing can offer glimpses of adjacent rooms and create the illusion of space and volume.

    Add A Veranda When Planning Your House Design

    A key staple of traditional architecture, the veranda appears to be making a comeback. From New England-style wrap-around to sheltered timber frame additions – allowing homeowners to enjoy the outdoors even on wintery days – the veranda has proved the perfect accessory to contemporary and classic homes.

    Exposed Ceilings Are Popular

    Exposing characterful timber rafters and trusses as a feature is not an innovation when renovating old homes. Still, this idea was adopted by extenders and self-builders in 2019, with the fabric of new roofs exposed to produce some very interesting results.

    In the project above, designed by design practice NimTim, the geometric structural plywood used for the extension roof brings architectural interest. In addition, the timber designs provide a real warmth to the contemporary interior and increase the perceived head height in this single-storey extension. We look forward to seeing this trend continue throughout the coming year.

    Don't Assume Every Floor Plan Fits Your Lifestyle

    One of the biggest mistakes when choosing the right floor plan is that you forget to picture your family cooking in the kitchen or don't consider how your bad back may not like going up three flights of stairs throughout the day. Assess your lifestyle before choosing a floor plan.

    Do you like a single story or multi-story home? Do you prefer an open floor plan, or are individual rooms with partitions better? Determine what you have become accustomed to in a comfortable home.

    When Touring A Model Home – Take Away The Upgrades In Your Mind

    If you're shopping around for homes, one of the best ways to experience the floor plan before buying it is to walk through the developer's model homes beforehand. Unfortunately, one of the easiest mistakes is to get sold on the upgrades that a home stager and contractors have upsold the model on!

    So instead, try and strip away the gorgeous finishes, the upgraded carpet, colour-coordinated wallpaper and drapery and focus on the layout and flow of the rooms. It will help you make an informed decision when choosing a floor plan.

    Don't assume you are crazy for not understanding floor plan drawings.

    If you recently started looking or designing your next home, you will need to review architectural or floor plan drawings. While for many design professionals, it is second nature, for many homeowners, the symbols and terminology can be difficult to understand.

    Don't assume you are supposed to know what every door swing, window, stair, and multi-story space looks like on a floor plan. Don't make the mistake of assuming –ask!

    Ensure Architectural Features Won't Cost You More In The Future

    There is nothing like getting excited about architectural features that look beautiful on a 2D floor plan and feel even nicer when standing inside the finished home. However, details like expansive floor to ceiling windows, skylights and other architectural features could impact heating and cooling your home when your energy bill arrives.

    So while it may not be a concern now, think of green cost savings on your floor plan's architectural features for future living.

    Don't Assume The Sizes Of Rooms On A Floor Plan Are Adequate

    How many times have you read the dimensions of a room on a floor plan and then realised your existing furniture doesn't fit as you thought into the finished room? Measure your existing furniture before deciding on the final sizes for a home.

    If you're not sure how much room you need, measure your existing furniture, tables and walking area to determine how much space you need in your next floor plan. Add on the additional area if you're trying to add space to your next home.

    Imagine Your Entertaining Spaces Fully Occupied When Deciding On A Floor Plan

    Most homeowners dream of their ideal floor plan; they consider how nice it will be to have a few people over for drinks on the patio. However, the thought of entertaining the in-laws for a month each summer or having all your co-workers over throughout the holidays may not cross your mind.

    Depending on your lifestyle, if you love to entertain, consider your home fully occupied when planning kitchen, dining room and living room areas. It will ensure you plan room for mingling, eating, dancing, serving and, of course, walking through your home!

    Consider Safety For Little Ones When Choosing A Floor Plan

    Have you ever fallen in love with a sports car just to be brought back to the reality that you have a full family that will not fit in the car?

    The same mistake can be said when looking for the ideal home for your family.

    Safety should come first, and many floor plan amenities such as balconies, stairs that don't have railings, expansive glass shower enclosures and other features may look great for adults. Still, they may need to be modified for families with small children.

    Choose A Floor Plan That Works With Your Budget Now

    Homebuyers often make one mistake when looking at floor plans: overspending for the future rather than planning for the present.

    You can always upgrade your home from finishes and innovative additions to possibly adding areas and amenities. Don't get oversold from a home selling agent or a developer's representative – only you know your budget.

    Plan for your budget now to feel comfortable living in your home and not feel "financially strained" each month to make payments on your home.

    Bring Your Family Along With You When Choosing A Floor Plan

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    Don't make the mistake of keeping your floor plan decision making to yourself. If you can walk through physical models of homes before deciding on a floor plan, consider bringing your family along for the decision. It may help you see the reaction of your roommates, kids, significant others or others who will share the home with you.

    Being the "sole decision-maker" can sometimes backfire on you – instead, have your family weigh in on the important decision of choosing the ideal floor plan for you all!


    Essentially the key attributes of a great home include liveability, functionality, convenience, comfort and style. The layout and the way the space functions are key to a comfortable home.

    A home with a simple and concise layout is the cheapest type of house to build. Ranch homes are typically single-story structures with attached garages. They're easy to find construction plans for and highly customisable, so you can find a home that fits your needs and budget.

    A house plan is a set of construction or working drawings (sometimes called blueprints) that define a residential house's construction specifications, such as the dimensions, materials, layouts, installation methods, and techniques.

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