Naturally the search for free house plans is an inevitable consequence of the internet. It is most likely one of the most common search terms for people embarking on designing their own homes.

As with most things in life there is rarely such thing as a free lunch! If it is you intention to find free plans for your dream home, then I wish you the best of luck.  You might even fare better than people who have forked out a fortune to architects and still have ended up unhappy with their home.

There are a few things you should bear in mind however.

  • Like all freebies on the net, there is often a catch. There will be some cost to be incurred e.g. a watermark on drawing.
  • Building Regulations country to country, state to state and also are updated regularly.
  • House types and architectural styles can vary greatly even within localities. Good architecture will incorporate this.
  • Free house plans rarely allow for even minor customisation. It is important to get “CAD compatible” versions of drawing, though these usually cost extra.
  • As with plans from books, magazines or the internet, remember that the plan is not unique so don’t be shocked when you go for a drive only to discover that other people have the exact same design.
  • Free house plans may not take orientation into account

Of course, if you design your own home from scratch on paper you will be able to do most of the work for free in any case.

Looking up “Free House Plans” can be very beneficial if carried out in the right context as part of an overall process. When starting a home design it is useful to gather and organise information. One useful method is to break the design process into steps or modules and assign a folder to each particular step/module.

You might have a folder for “renewable energy” into which you would collect information, brochures etc on solar panels, pellet boilers and so on. Into another you might collect information on “building materials”.

A Design Folder might have three sub-folders: One for your own sketches, notes and lists, another might have photographs of houses that you like or images from magazines that caught your eye.

Your Free house plans might go into a folder of sample plans/layouts. Use this then as reference material when preparing your drawing.

Carry out your design as one would research. Researchers use both Primary and Secondary information. Primary information is first-hand information obtained by interviews and questionnaires. Secondary information is then obtained from books, magazines and the internet.

When designing your house try and obtain as mush first hand information as possible. You are in effect your own client so make sure you record your own ideas. Talk to other family members, get their ideas. Do this both informally and formally.

With this “primary” information gathered, start to organise the information into lists and then into very rough sketches. This is the most exciting part of designing your own home. Even if you have never designed anything before you will be amazed at your own ability. You won’t have all the answers so only then is it useful to refer to your “secondary” information files. Your free house plans may help fill some gaps in information of help generate some new ideas.

Go online and download free house plans if you must but don’t ignore the free house plans that are waiting to be discovered within each of us