Finding a suitable set of house plans can be a long and expensive process. First of all, the selection of the architect can be enough to frustrate a new home owner from the get go.

Creating house plans that incorporate a variety of different factors including the actual land restrictions, the homeowners living considerations and individual style, the cost of the construction materials and work needed, can be a nightmare.

There are a number of different steps a person can take to make home building a much smoother and more enjoyable process.

How many entertaining rooms will you need?

Households often place extra emphasis on the number of family rooms required as a lot of time is spent in these areas. A separate entertaining room can be handy for both young children and teenagers or as a formal lounge for adults. The location and style of these rooms in relation to the rest of the house is important for families, couples and individuals alike.

How many bedrooms will you need?

Regarding the purpose of your new house planning, additional bedrooms may be useful for family members or guests. Depending on the style of home you plan on building, consideration will also need to be given to where the bedrooms will be placed, for instance you may design a two story home with all the bedrooms upstairs or perhaps just the master bedroom.

Do you need an office room?

A common feature in many new house plans includes an office room. This is a great inclusion for those people who work from home, or whom prefer a separate room for their computer, desk and filing cabinets etc.

How many bathrooms do you need?

Have you considered how many bathrooms your new house plans will need to allow for? Do you want to have a separate toilet and basin for guests to access? If you have a big family or guests that stay often, having an en-suite off the master bedroom or guestroom can be useful in freeing up another bathroom for the rest of the household to use.

How many garage compartments will you need?

If your household has many vehicles then a two plus garage may be necessary. Do you have other vehicles such as boats and bikes that will benefit from garage storage? Is it important for you to have internal access from the garage?

Having answers to these questions will help you find or create an online house plan yourself or with an architectural design firm who can accommodate all your requirements.

Online Resources for House planning:

House Extension Inspiration

If you are planning on extending your home to make more space. Read our article House Extension Inspiration and Planning Guides for exact guidlines on how to go about your house extension planning. See also, a wide range of inspirational galleries and posts on house extensions.

With a free registration you can start to create a 3D and a 2D plan for your house.

Free web based 3D house creator. You create the image in 2D and then send the 3D image to your email address

Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you place your furniture on a house 2D plan, with a 3D preview. Has to be download but work either in Windows and Mac OS.