Choose a style for your dream house from the following styles
available: Tuscan, Bali, Traditional, Thatch Roof, Modern, Contemporary, and more...
Determine the size you can afford.
All the house plans on inhouseplans are presented
in square meter floor area. As a guideline, calculate
building cost as presented. (Refer to the section
on Building Costs). The floor area as indicated
on the individual plans includes all covered areas.
For instance, the floor area of a covered patio
is included in the floor area. Any roof overhang
less than 1,0 meter is not included in the floor
Check the size of your stand and ensure that
the plan of the house you want to buy will fit
onto the stand. The overall dimensions of the
house is indicated on the plan presented on the
The slope of your stand plays an important role
in deciding what to build. The house plans
on the inhouseplans.com website are
mainly designed for a relatively flat site.
The slope can be accommodated to a certain
extend by cutting away on the one side and
filling on the opposite side. However, it
is not advisable to fill more than 1,0 meter
on your foundation walls at the lowest point.
If you suspect that the slope on your site
is more than that, appoint a land surveyor
to do a contour plan. (Refer to the section
on Surveyors in your area).
It is important that your house is north facing,
in order to optimize the effect of the movement
of the sun in the different seasons. The plans
on the inhouseplans.com website all clearly
indicate the preferred position of the north point.
Do not deviate from this position by more than
10 degrees to the east or west of north.
Street access is also important. Most of the
houses have been designed to accommodate an entry
from any direction. Do not choose a house with
a west entry, when the access to your stand is
from the eastern side. In some instances if your
stand is large enough to accommodate the access
road from the opposite side, around your house
to the garages and front door, any access can
Check the positioning of the adjacent houses,
their living areas, swimming pools etc. All of
this will have an impact on your privacy and living
Consider the value and position of any existing
trees on your stand. An existing tree can be an
asset to your property provided that the root
system is not a danger to your foundations or
sewer line and it does not block the winter sun
from your living rooms. Beware of messy and foreign
trees, especially near your swimming pool.
The position of service connections i.e. sewage,
water and electricity is also important to take
into account in order to minimize your connection
costs. Although it is not worthwhile to compromise
on the design of your dream house to accommodate
the relatively low costs of the service connections.