How To Build Your Vacation Home
When it comes to building your own custom home, the more individuality you seek, the more time, attention, and money your home will require. You will probably need to enlist the professional help of an architect.
However, some budgets may determine economy over individuality. There are alternatives to hiring an architect. There are thousands of excellent stock plans that designed by skilled architects that are available to you. These stock plans are printed in large quantities, and inexpensive plans are available everywhere. If none are quite perfect, but close, modifications with the help of your builder can be easily made.
One option many people are choosing today, to save time and money, is purchasing a manufactured home. Manufactured homes come in an endless variety of architectural styles and production techniques. These homes can also be modified to suit your families needs. Some manufacture offer so many options you can practically custom design your home.
Have a decent idea of your families needs in a home, and also what kind of architectural style you're looking for. With this knowledge in hand, you can easily work along with a cooperative builder, with experience, and build your dream vacation home.
You'll need an architect or at least an architectural draftsman to draw up the final plans for submission to local building authorities.
No matter how you choose to design your house, the main thing is to have to have the right special features for your needs. When it comes to the outside of your vacation home, most people request a deck or patio for outdoor dining and entertaining. Depending on your climate, your deck can suit you in different ways. Should you use it in summer, it should be built open to the breeze, but shielded from the scorching sun. In insect infected areas, you'll want to invest in some sort of screening.
How you plan on using your vacation home is an essential part to designing it. Is it going to be used as a getaway for two or are you using it for large parties?
There are many different styles to choose from when building your vacation home. Over the years certain building styles and materials have been becoming more popular in particular kinds of locations. Some of these styles include the chalets and A-frame homes of Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. In the USA, adobe mud brick hoses are common in southwestern deserts. White stucco walls with tiled roofs have become super popular in Florida.
If you find yourself with a tight budget, consider designing rooms that will serve more than one purpose. A living room of at least 11 by 14 feet is necessary for more than 2 people. A practical dining room is 10 by 10 feet which can accommodate a table and chair for six people, but little else.
The bedroom can be as small as 8 by 9 feet, but 9 by 12, or 56 square feet minimum will serve you a decent amount of space. A minimum bathroom needs 35 square feet, or 5 by 7 feet.
When it comes to building your vacation home, the more compact house is planned, the lower the cost per square foot A base rectangle shaped home will cost less for the same amount of space than a house will with an irregular plan.
Two story homes cost less per square foot mainly because less roof area is required to cover an equal amount of space.
About the Author: Published by Joe and Colleen Lane, Realtors®. The Lane Real Estate Team services Tri City Wa Real Estate, Kennewick Wa Real Estate, Pasco Wa Real Estate, Richland Wa Real Estate, and surrounding Southeastern Washington Communities.