How to Design a House Plan Online

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You can be your own architect online. A variety of websites allow you to plan your house online. SmallBluePrinter.com allows you to plan out each floor of your house, then put it all together to view how the house will look as a whole. The suggestions here are free, but there are other professional, full-service programs that will allow you to design your house plan, print the blueprint and then pass it on to your home builder.

SmallBluePrinter.com

  • Choose between starting a blank plan or working from a predesigned sample plan. If you're not too familiar with blueprints and building plans, select "Sample Plan."

  • Add or delete horizontal or vertical walls to and from your floor plan. Add and delete doors from rooms as you see fit (for example, not too many kitchens are built with doors). Add windows where you see fit. Resize your walls, windows and other elements using the resizing tool.

  • View your plan isometrically, meaning that you will look at it from a side view rather than on top. You can also "walk through" your house plan in 3-D with SmallBluePrinter's tool. Print your plan when you're finished; it will be displayed similar to that of an actual architect's blueprint.

Design Each Room in Your House

  • Visit Better Homes and Garden's Arrange-a-Room tool (see Resources). Click "New Room" and type the measurements of the first room you want to build.

  • Click the "Architecture" tab to start building the structure of the room. You can add doors, closets, walls, windows, radiators and other design options.

  • Navigate to the "Furniture" tab to add tables, chairs, toilets, dressers, cabinets, entertainment centers, washer/dryers and kitchen appliances.

  • Add as many rooms as you need to complete your house plan. Save each room with a different name. When finished, you can print out the plans to show to your architect and building company.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bob Vila has a 3-D home design site at BobVila.com where you can choose paint colors, stains and other design options for your new home.

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