House Plans Online
Find these house plans online (with porches too) and so much more.
(And with Porches Too!)
Mary and I found these house building plans that we know you'll enjoy whether looking for design ideas or you are in need
of high quality expertly drawn and detailed plans from which to build your dream home.
We've found fantastic plans for dream homes with everything from expansive porches to wonderful utility sheds (most with idyllic porches too) -
You can get access to images, layouts, actual drawings, and CAD drawings along with assistance
in modifying the plan to meet your specific requirements.
Perfect For Porch Sitting too!
Probably the major advantage of ordering house plans online is cost. Online home plans can be a fraction of the cost
of plans created by a local architect or home building contractor. Even when you purchase stock homes (already built),
the cost of the plan to build the home is included in the overall cost of the home.
Another fun advantage is you can begin immediately to visualize your new home and start making modifications
to the example drawings. Move a wall here, add a door there, or move kitchen cabinets to create your perfect
Cape Cod Home Layout
Mary and I love large country style homes with large wrap-around front porches like the one below. This one has
everything you need on the first floor along with an open great room/kitchen combination.
Check Out This Front Porch!
This beautiful Craftsman-style home has cedar siding and large wraparound front porch for the kids to play on.
With a living area of 3558 square feet (4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms), your family will have plenty of space
Note the splendid gables and stone fireplace chimney.
We would opt to change the kitchen to ensure the sink overlooks the breakfast nook and large windows.
Or better yet, move the nookto the small porch area and create a huge country kitchen! What would
Not all online house plan companies offer the same level of customer service, plan modification assistance, or even a comprehensive set of house plans.
Therefore, it is best to understand what you need and know what to look for.
Considerations for Online House Building Plans
You wouldn't think twice about ordering a pair of socks online; however, investing in a set of house building plans online should
make you want to do your "due diligence".
We recommend you have a thorough knowledge of 'what you need' and 'what you can expect to receive'
when ordering house plans online to avoid any surprises.
What Do You Need
Here's a short list of general items you may need. Check with your local codes department to see if there are other
requirements as well.
- As a minimum you need a comprehensive set of blueprints and schematics
created and drawn by licensed architects (check to see if they need to be signed by an architect from your
- Your drawings should adhere to
one of the nationally recognized building
code standards such as the Uniform Building Code, Standard Building Code, International Residential Code,
or Basic Building Code.
- The required number of documents (plans) to satisfy your local codes department.
- Specific plans for various construction components, e.g., truss layout, roof framing, 2nd story framing, beams,
What You May Typically Receive
Ordinarily, house building plans online provide (but not limited to) the following items:
- Exterior Elevations: Elevation drawings normally show the front,
the rear and the sides of the home and can include exterior
materials like siding or brick along with specific details and measurements.
- Foundation Plans: Obviously foundations vary depending on your specific desires and
geographical area. Check to see if your online company allows you, as does Family Home Plans, to dictate the foundation type. Regardless,
the required dimensions and notes should be included on the plan.
- Interior Layout: This would included details like cabinets, fireplaces, etc.
You may need to contact a local
cabinet and fireplace distributor for specific sizes and styles to suit your needs.
- Schematic Electrical Layouts: This diagram shows locations for your electrical outlets, switches,
- Detailed Floor Plans: This delineates the location of all interior walls,
doors, windows, stairs, closets, etc., along with appropriate dimensions.
What You Need to Find Out
Are Heating and Plumbing Diagrams Included
Normally, heating and cooling details are omitted from online house plan designs. There are just too many variables,
from local codes, availability of desired heating and plumbing materials, preferred methods of installation, and
venting issues to the specific type of system that is used.
If not included in the plan, your builder or contractor can normally provide the specifics for your home.
Do Plans Meet Earthquake Seismic / Wind/Hurricane Code Requirements
Some, but not all, states require plans that meet both seismic and wind code requirements. If you live in such a state, you
may want to inquire if your house plan online fulfills those requirements. If not, check to see if your local
contractor would be able to modify the plan to meet regional requirements.
Do Plans Meet All Local Code Requirements
Some plans ordered online may have to be modified to meet your specific local building codes. Check with your local codes
department or contractor.
Reorder and Exchange Policies
additional sets of plans,
Copyright and Trademark Information (use and copies,etc.)
Home Plans Online - Modifications
More often than naught, any changes you make to a plan will cost you additional money adding even more costs to
your home. Not necessarily so by ordering online.
It is rare; however, that someone builds a home from a stock house plan and therefore it important
to have the option to modify the plan to suit your own requirements.
Have you ever found the perfect home plan and asked, "if only we could change...?"
Maybe the front porch needs more depth, you'd prefer a side-entrance garage, or even a larger kitchen
for gourmet cooking.
Family Home Plans has experts who will
help you make changes to your selected plan to ensure you build exactly what you want. Probably not all online house
plan companies have that same capability.
Mary and I know from experience that most home plan changes either won't even be considered by builders or
are cost prohibitive.
However, we know that FamilyHomePlans.com can make almost any modification and usually at no cost to you!
That can be a huge savings to you.
Range of Home Plans Selection
Online home plans offer a myriad of home designs ranging from small or simple house plans to southern living house plans and
all types in between.
Below are a few examples of plans that Mary and I thought you'd enjoy seeing.
Small House Plan Floorplan
Before settling on a home plan, contemplate how it complements your lifestyle, stage of life, and of course, your budget.
Mary and I have gone through the biding process twice and know that a "dream" home begins with a detailed plan.
We also know that unless you have unlimited wealth, you will ned to compromise
on something. So it is very important to distinguish must haves from would-like-to-haves during your selection process.
Our current home was built from a wrap around porch house plan, one of two features we really wanted. (The other
was a window over the kitchen sink)!
We appreciate Family Home Plans allowing us to feature their house plans with porches and know you can find
your dream home too.
House Plans with Porches Gallery
We thought we'd feature some of the most popular home plans that have porches - we know you'll soon discover why
they are popular!
For your convenience, we've linked to the actual plans so you can obtain more detailed information or for ordering if
you so desire.
Beautiful Home with Post and Beam Appeal
Actual Home Built from Plan Above
Country and Farmhouse Plans
Welcoming Family Home
If you are looking to build a home, we have a new section on house plans online that you can browse. Did you know that 1800 - 2200 square foot homes are very popular? And that you can save a lot by purchasing a house plan online? Check out the front porch designs we found among different style homes.
Beautiful Farmhouse Country Porch Plan
Turn this plan:
Into This Beautiful Home - with front porch of course!
Who doesn't like a large wrap around country style front porch? This home has one plus dormers which adds lot of curb appeal.
Hang a swing or two and enjoy relaxing on this inviting porch.
Go all out with this beautiful country farmhouse home and porch plan.
Ranch House Plans with Porches
We've been asked several times about ranch homes with aesthetically pleasing porches.
Often times a ranch home's roof
slope is low making it more difficult to attach a porch blends with the architecture of the home.
We found these exciting ranch home plans that have fun and appealing front porches.
Although small in size, this ranch cottage (photo below) is full of appeal. At only 576 square feet it is perfect as a starter home (nice and cozy) or possibly modify
this plan to add additional square footage. We love the little front porch.
This is a nice 9 foot ceiling ranch home with an inviting front porch. Depending on your lot, you could opt to have this
remain an open porch (no railings as shown) or with railings if required by local building codes. Either way, it would
be a great family porch.
Really nice ranch style home design and the arches between the porch columns are a nice touch along with the
heavier column pedestals all of which adds a bit of
sophistication to this home.
These are a few of the many more ranch home designs with porches you should see. What's nice about
is they have the capability and desire to work with you to design the home with features you want or need.
Baby Boomer House Plans with Porches
If thinking of downsizing, whether you are retiring or not, check out these neat homes we discovered that have
ideal front porches.
This house plan offers 1420 square feet and a most appealing front porch with a gable roof design over the front
door. This plan can also be modified to suit your specific needs.
Arched openings between porch columns and a home plan with interesting roof lines combine to make this
a real charmer.
Luxury House Plans with Porches
Many luxury homes do not have front porches. However, we did find a rather good selection such as the one shown below
along with a photo of an actual home built from the plan.
If you are interested in seeing more options for house plans with porches then visit Family Home Plans
They have an extensive collection of plans to suit your needs.
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