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Posted by Erik on 3/4/2019 3:55:02 AM

Hello all!   

Ah the floor plan and architect what a fun time.  We basically looked at around a thousand house plans and could never find one that really fit our family and what we wanted perfectly.  The great room was always to small or there were way to many bathrooms and no pantry. So we decided the best way to go was at least find a shape of a house we liked and printed a copy out we got some tracing paper and drew the outline and then started drawing our own floor plan.   We got as far as we could go and then had a meeting with the Architect.  He gave us some good ideas to make things flow better and away we went.   It took us around six months to get the final plans done.  Now that being said it was done my wife’s brother who is an architect so he was working on it in his spare time.  There were a few tweaks along the way moving doors and those kinds of things.  I suggest if your in a hurry to just find a plan on the Internet and purchase it.  If you have time, for sure lay it out yourself. It has been one of the most rewarding parts of this adventure to know that we started from scratch and get to see it all come together.  A couple things I would do different is I would find a way to move some of the second floor walls out on top of the first floor rather than having them somewhat setback from the first floor footprint.  This makes the house look awesome with lots of corners and lines and roof lines but holy cow! The amount of steel and lvls and microlams it takes to hold up the second floor when the walls aren’t stacked on top of each other is crazy.  Our lumber and steel package could have probably been cut by 15-20% without all the additional support beams.  A couple things I will say is it is hard to get a grasp on the size of things from a floor plan on paper.   I wish we would have taken the time to go out to the lot and buy some marking paint and literally paint the floor plan on the ground. We made a few rooms and areas bigger than what we probably needed but to late now lol.  I also wish we would have made some of the windows bigger, not sure a good way to plan that out or get an idea of how big the windows will be but just one thing I wish we could have changed.  

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