Perfect house plans are hard to come by (that is, unless you are an architect). This is because each of us has a different idea of what perfect means. And if you are looking for a perfect and eco-friendly house plan, you task is twice as hard. However, you should know that many ready-made green house plans are available online for no cost to you. That’s right: you can find a green house plan for absolutely free! All you have to do is find a suitable plan. Here are some tips to help you find your ideal house plan easily.
House plan tip # 1: Know thy self
Before you begin searching for the house of your dreams stop to consider your needs. This step is crucial for narrowing down your options. You do not want to fall in love with a house plan that is out of your price range, or does not answer your needs. Take some time to consider the following:
- How many rooms/bathrooms do you need?
- What is your budget?
- Will your needs change in the next five years (i.e. more children or an elderly parent moving in with you)? If you answered yes, will you need an extra room?
- What kinds of activities do you do in your home? (For example entertaining, cooking, arts and crafts etc.) What will you need to satisfy these needs? (Consider larger kitchen, an extra room, extra storage etc.)
- What green aspects would you like to incorporate into your home? (Recycled building materials, Green appliances etc.)
House plan tip #2: Play by the rules
If you have a lot in mind, research the residential zoning laws in the area by contacting your local authority. Most commonly residential zoning laws include restrictions on home height, style, and property size. Keep the rules in mind when you search for a house plan to prevent issues down the rode.
House plan tip #3: Follow your mouse to no-cost green home plans
It is now time to look for an eco-friendly house plan. Begin your research by visiting the Free Green house plans page for the plan of your dreams. Give yourself plenty of time to research as there are many free plans available to you.
If you find that you like bits and pieces from several house plans, do not worry! You can always collect the pieces you liked and discuss your options with one of the expert architects in Free Green. Good luck!
Liora Engel-Smith is an internet writer, a web designer and a scientist.
Is it just me or is the link bad?
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It’s working now, Jonathan… I got moving a little quickly in my editing… 😛
Thanks! Much obliged!
Are these the same as flat houses? There is a great arch in MN that draws these but they are so expensive.
While it may be great to think about moving to a brand new green home, the reality is that most of us live in existing homes. That’s why I’m excited to see a new not-for-profit renovating an existing home as a model for what people can do. You can read more about the Durham Eco-house at http://www.carbondiet.ca/green-success-stories/durham-eco-house.html
It’s inspiring to see the vision of this organization.
Cool! My neighboor just loves the panels on my roof… Of course, that goes along with the compost pile in the backyard…
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Good guide! Free Green is a good place to start looking for plans. I just graduated with a B.S. in Architecture and would love an opportunity to do the plans for a green home(meaning I will do it very cheap!). If you are interested, send an email to labra (at) labradesigns.com