How to Make Open Plan House Floor Plans

What You'll Need
Floor plan software

You can make open plan house floor plans on your own through the use of purchased or free software. This software can provide you with the tools necessary to complete architectural plans that may be sufficient to be filed with the building inspector’s office in the community in which you live.

When deciding to use software to create open plan house floor plans and not the services of a professional home builder or architect, it is advisable to become educated about the building codes and standards that are specific to your community. The reason why you hire a professional is to ensure that local building standards are met with regard to your house. If you choose to do this on your own to save money, understand that you may potentially need to file multiple amendments before the plan is acceptable.

Step 1: Obtain Floor Plan Software

You can purchase floor plan software for architectural designs at a software store or online. Find software that has all of the features that you need to create plans that will be approved by your local building inspector. The software should also be easy to use and not require that you go to architecture and design school to understand and utilize it. It may take a while before you are comfortable using the software so take some time to orientate yourself to how the program works and practice before attempting your own open plan house floor design.

Step 2: Get Ideas for Open Plan Design

Open plan design eliminates walls and opens the space up, giving the homeowner plenty of options with respect to how the space can be used and planned. This is a type of sustainable building or contemporary design that should be easy to layout and plan.

Use home building and architecture design magazines to obtain ideas for your open plan design. The more ideas that you have, the easier it will be for you to conceptualize the floor plan.

Step 3: Design the Open Plan Floor Design

Place the software on the computer and follow the prompts for creating your design. You will need to research the building codes for your respective community to determine where certain items need to be placed into the design such as electrical and plumbing runs. These inserts need to be placed in the plan and need to conform to your community standards, if you want to get approval for the plans in order to build your open plan floor plan home.

Step 4: Print and Seek Plan Approval

When you complete the open plan floor design and are satisfied that you have met the requirements necessary to receive approval, save and print your plan. Look over your dimensions and scales and make sure that the home measures up to what will actually be constructed when built.

Take the plans to your building inspector’s office for approval. Any changes or modifications that need to be made will be noted during this process and you will be given the opportunity to amend your plans before final approval. The more practice and proficiency that you develop using the software will reduce the number of trips that you need to make to the building inspector’s office.