If you’re interested in drawing up your own house plans, you should know that it really doesn’t take many resources. All you need is architectural home design software , a computer, and the internet access. On the other hand, if you prefer the traditional method, you’re going to need to get your hands on a drafting table, tools, and large sheets of paper.
While it’s true that there are plenty of free programs you can find online, these will not always include everything you need in order to meet the standards for your local building department in order to review and approve your project.
In addition to the floor plans, a completed set of blueprints will include exterior elevation of the building, grading/foundation plans, cutaways for framing, details/callouts for some of the features of the home, and electrical/plumbing plans.
However, before you worry about what is involved in a set of blueprints for submission to your local building department, you can use free software to help you create the dimensions/floor plans. These can be used later on when you start working with a professional drafter/architect to create your final plans.
Of course, you shouldn’t expect to sit down, choose/download your software, and whip out a house plan within the hour. Depending upon which software you choose, you are going to need to play around with it so that you can better understand exactly how it works. Once you have this mastered, you can either choose a template/sample plan or choose a blank page to start from.
Even if you’re not a professional drafter/architect, it’s still pretty easy to find some great software and come up with a concept on your own. Once you do this, you’ll need to get with a professional to come up with the blueprints to submit to your local building department and anyone else that will need to review/approve your plans.