When to Use an Architect or Draftsperson for Your New House Plans

When deciding on the design of your new home, you may not think of working with an architect or draftsperson to create the plans needed, but there are times when it's good to consider using their services. In many cases, this can save you time and also money, and help ensure that you're happy with your home for years to come. Note when it's good to use a drafting service of some sort to create your new house plans and why this can be beneficial for you and for your builder.

When permits have been denied

If you have been denied needed permits from the city or another municipality because of your home's original plans, it can be good to work with a draftsperson to address any needed issues. This can mean adjusting the plans to local requirements while not losing your overall vision for the space. For example, you may want elevated ceilings for an open and airy feeling, but the home designs you submitted to the city may be too large for a particular subdivision or lot. A draftsperson can note how to lower the ceilings but add different windows or knock out certain walls to give you the look and feel you want, while still staying within legal requirements.

When you want unusual or oversized features

It's easy to think that you can just add an extended fireplace or oversized closets and other features in a home, but you may not realize how they would actually fit the floor plan itself. A 3D rendering of the home plan's interior can help you determine if those features would feel comfortable in the home, or make it seem small and crowded. If you want a faux wall, a panic room, and other such unusual features, it can also be good to see how they would fit your home plans and affect the look of the space before you start building.

When surrounded by unusual landscaping features

If the home is being built on a flat suburban plot of land, the surrounding landscaping features probably won't affect its overall design. However, if you're building the home next to a wooded area, into a hill, or around a water feature, you want to know how those features will affect the home's design. A 3D draft of the home can help you see if there will be enough sunlight in the rooms facing the wooded area and if skylights might be added, as an example. You can also note if your plan for the home's size might cause it to back up too closely to the hill or water feature, and then adjust your plans accordingly.