Small House Plans – Create A House Plan
The scale of a house and the merging parts are important to the whole design. Developing a home design is more than just arranging rooms and creating elevations at whatever ceiling height we desire. It is a marriage of art and science that demands a focus on beauty and harmony. It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, the beholder of those eyes should understand and value the importance of correct proportions and scale in a house plan.
Put ’em all together At this point you’ve probably begun to guess that all of the four critical site selection factors above can affect the same site. You’re right. A heavily-wooded, steeply-sloping property on the north side of the street with loose, sandy soil will require a very particular house plan indeed.
Let’s take a set of plans to use as an example. To the average person looking at the floor plan, a room size of 10 feet by 12 feet with a 14 foot ceiling seems fine. However, take that person in a room with those exact measurements and it will become apparent at how disproportionate the height is relative to the width and depth of the space. On the other hand, a room with measurements of 12 feet by 16 feet with a ceiling height of 10 to 12 feet would exude a feeling of balance and comfort.
Soil It’s amazing, every time a backhoe starts a new house foundation, how different soils can be from one building site to another. From loose sand to solid rock and everything in between, and sometimes on the same site!
Will you be able to find that house plan on a website? Maybe – but perhaps just as important to you should be the desire to avoid purchasing a plan that won’t work on the property.
Looks for plans designed for sloped lots – they’re usually multi-level plans and are usually listed as “sloped lot plans” on house plan websites.
So how does this relate to the scale of house plans? This philosophy dictates the way homes are planned, designed, and constructed. A house plan concept that is designed with no rhyme or reason lack a sense of harmony. You can find plenty of homes today that look odd or appear to look as if something is just not right about it. The rooms may feel small or cramped, too wide, too narrow, or too long. Perhaps the elevation or front of the home seems a bit weird, yet you can’t single out the problem. Well, chances are the scale and the proportions are out of whack creating an incomplete or undesired feeling about the structure.
A Little History
Soils drain and retain water differently, and soils have vastly differently capacities to bear structural loads. In most areas, you’ll have to show the building department that your foundation is designed for the local soils conditions.
You can buy “sloped lot” designs from some house plan sites, and these are a step in the right direction – if you know what to look for.
I’ll get to the part about house plans in a minute, but first…
The homes we created used technology and inventive design to give them form – we designed solar homes, earth-sheltered homes, thermal-mass homes, and other types in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They collected heat from the sun and the ground and held it inside as long as possible. They blocked excessive solar radiation with deep overhangs and shading devices, and they were very carefully oriented to the angle of the sun and prevailing winds.