By Meg Escott
There’s a lot of home design plans to choose from: French country, Farmhouse, Country, Colonial, Ranch, Mediterranean to name but a few.
Generally house plans sites give you a little bit of information about a house style. I think there's much more to say so I've included..
Here’s a few tips on selecting the appropriate home design plan...
First of all take a look at your site, or more to the point, the homes
that are around your site (what a great chance to go and say 'HI' to your
neighbors!). In fact you need to get to know the houses in your neighborhood as well as the people. Houses in the surrounding area will probably share a similar style and while you don't want your home to be ordinary you don't want it to be extra-ordinary and stand out for all the wrong reasons either. Neighboring homes will have been built to
obey zoning laws so if you select a similar style you’re less likely to
run into any issues in this area. They’ll also have been built with
materials that are suitable for the area’s climate.
So – when you’re looking round, is there a general home style happening? Note down things about the style of surrounding houses such as:
Have a look at the house styles in these pages and see if
any of them fit in with the home design plans that have been used to build the
existing homes in your area.
Whatever the qualities of the individual buildings, however beautiful or elegant they may be, our first reaction is "They don't fit in." Such buildings are at best curiosities; at worst they simply look silly.
Here's some more house styles for you to look at.