New Home Building
If you're ready to buy a new home but haven't found what you're looking for, maybe it's time to build your own. It may sound like a dream, but building your own new home can be a reality.
Of course, many people assume that hiring an architect - an expensive, time-consuming proposition - is the only way to build your own home. While architects may be necessary for highly customized homes, thousands of plans for homes already exist for you to choose from. Once you have a lot selected, simply choose from among thousands of plans in catalogs. Search the Web for house plan publishers, which often provide floor plans and elevation drawings. You can always select a plan you like and modify it. Then, you can simply order the materials as part of a kit, and hire a builder to put it together. There are even programs that enable you to design your own home using computer animation.
Items affecting the cost of new home building include shape (square or rectangular homes are easier and less expensive to build than those with lots of angles) and the lot (flat lots are easier and less expensive to prepare than those requiring grading or clearing). Homeownernet.com is a helpful source for answering many new home building questions.