HVAC 101 – Basic Information For New Home Owners

During the course of building or purchasing your first home you’ll probably hear the term HVAC thrown around. While it’s probably a term you’re unfamiliar with, choosing the right system for your house is just as important as choosing the lay out, wall color, curtains and all the other details that make the house your own. This article will give you the basic information you need to learn about HVAC systems that provide wildwood cooling and heating solutions, as well as the basic terminology you’ll need to learn in order to choose the right system for your house.

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First things first, the term HVAC refers to Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The term is used by construction companies and service providers when talking about the entire system that is used to manage indoor climate and air quality control. The size, power and complexity of the systems vary from basic to extremely complex, such as those found in sky scrapers and office buildings.

In warmer climates where cold weather isn’t really an issue, such as in south Florida, less focus can be placed on heating and with a high performance heat pump to help remove humidity from the air and cool effectively during the summer. A smaller furnace can be installed as a back up in case of a cold front or extremely cold night. This can help you save money on a more energy efficient cooling system, while helping you avoid spending a lot on a heating system you might not get much use out of.

Being faced with choosing a new unit, or deciding between a few when changing an old one, can be overwhelming. There are many types of units available, and your homes needs will be different depending on the area you live in as well as the space available. One of the best places to start is to ask for suggestions and get a personalized quote from a few companies to give you an idea of the options available, and help you make an informed decision for your situation.

Other than size and space, energy efficiency and cost are very important to consider as well. It’s important that the unit you choose fits into your budget, and will not cost you massive energy bills in the long run. This is one of the benefits of getting several quotes, to get information that you can then research in-order to make sure the unit you choose is the best one for you.

Most new homeowners are unfamiliar with the term ‘HVAC’, but it is important to learn as much as you can in order to choose the right heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for your home. Getting several quotes as well as input from service providers can help you gain a little basic knowledge that you can then research in order to make an informed decision. Although this might take some time, it is an important decision that can affect your quality of life and comfort in your house.

Small House Plan Series: Part 5

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A Dream, A Movement, A Reality!

There’s a movement all across the globe but mainly in western countries where people are choosing less house over the big dream houses that people use to chase. This isn’t the first small house movement that this country has seen. The last movement was after the recession of the 70’s and the new generation saw the folly in working just to pay a mortgage.

Today’s small house/tiny house movement stems out of the recession that we recently clawed our way out of in 2008. People have seen their homes lose too much value and have spent too much of their check to pay for a home that they rarely get to live in. The small house movement isn’t about living in some shack but optimizing and getting the most of small house plans. In this article we will discuss the realities of building a small or tiny home.

Know Your Local Zoning Laws (Mobile Or Stationary)

Before you can even begin to plan a small or tiny home build, you first need to know the laws of the land. In the case of building a home, home building is covered by local zoning laws. Local zoning laws have rules that cover how small or large a home can be. Every state, city and county is different. You can find this information by calling your local zoning office or visiting their website.

One way that people get around local home size laws is by building a tiny home on a trailer and because the house is on a trailer it isn’t under the jurisdiction of the local zoning laws. Although this is mostly true and allows a homeowner to get around size laws, it doesn’t protect them from local subdivision rules that might outlaw having any form of trailer on your property. To satisfy all law that might govern your build you will have to do research and find out what is legal and illegal. Make this your first step.

Accessing The Cost of Building A Small House

Any small house plans worth their salt is going to give you enough information to determine the cost of building your home. To make the dream of building your home come true you will need to work out the money side of things, without enough funds all you have are dreams without a due date. What will follow are some things that your plans will cover that will allow you to figure out how much money you will need. Be mindful that building supplies and home building costs vary from location to location.

Materials: You can’t build a home without having the building blocks of a house. Your plans will come with a list of materials that you can take to your local building supply and price. If you are working with a contractor they can help you determine the cost of materials. A contractor might have discounts on materials but it is wise to create your own price list to compare with their prices.

Foundation: Your house will have to sit on something. Foundations come in many types including slab, pier and if you are using a trailer you have even more options. Slab foundations range in prices but $3000 to $5000 is the going price in this country but your area might be different.

Land Cost: This is an obvious but you will need land to build your small house on or a place to park your tiny house. Land cost varies by location and finding the right lot of land is sometimes the hardest step of the home building process.

Electrical: Depending on how you plan to power your small house, you will need to factor in electrical costs. Your home plans will tell you various options including traditional and even solar use.

Plumbing: There are so many options when it comes to plumbing that you will need to do your own research on top of what is providing in plans. If you just take a look at the small home building videos on youtube you will see all the ideas that people come up with when it comes to plumbing.

Do It Yourself or Hiring Someone?

This is a big issue and one you should figure out early. Are you the DIY type, do you have time and enough knowledge to build a house, do you have the right tools or will you need to hire someone? The implications of this decision will impact your entire project. You must access your skills and the time you have available, and your budget to hire a contractor. Building these small houses might seem easy but they require time and effort.

How To Get Started (Make A Plan With A Time Limit)

Up to this point we have hit on the fundamental things that you need to research before building a small home based on plans. It is now that you really need to make a decision on if you are going to do it or not. Dreams are cheap, they don’t take much investment but building a home will take a lot of work. If you are serious about this then you will create a plan with a time limit on how long it will take you to go from step to step. You can use the basic outline of this article and build a research schedule around learning the information that you need to get started.

Once you get into the physical aspect of building a home you also need a schedule and a detailed plan so that things will go smoothly and on an efficient time table. It is our hope that you will do your homework, save your money, create a solid plan and build the small home according to these plans. We need more doers than dreamers in this movement to show the rest of the world what a man or woman can do with enough desire and action.

Small House Plan Series: Part 4

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Many people are choosing to build homes rather than buy an existing house. By building a home, you can create a space that fits the needs of you and your family.

The house design does not have to be large. Many people are choosing to build smaller houses and make the most of their space. The main benefit for many is that a small house is less expensive to build.

When choosing a new small house plan, consider your current and future needs. Many home plans can be extended or expanded in the future. If you have a growing family, this is something you should consider.

The house plan you choose should focus on the needs of the family within the next five years. Think of how you’ll use the spaces available? Do you need a living room and family room? Do you need a formal dining room? Do you want the laundry room upstairs or downstairs?

These are all questions you should ask yourself while looking for the perfect house plan for your project. If you find a plan that closely suits your needs, you can hire an architect to make some of the necessary changes.

After you’ve found the plan you want to use, you can begin searching for a contractor, to complete the project. While you can work as your contractor, this is a job that it time and labor intensive. An experienced contractor has a team that can ensure your home is built to specifications as quickly as possible.

If you need to make any changes to the house plans you need to do it before construction begins. After the contractor starts building, changes can cost money and time. That’s why it’s important to choose the right plans, get any customization completed early and know what you want in your new house.

If you take the time to select the small house plans that fit your family’s needs, you can build a house that will become a home for your growing family.

Small House Plan Series: Part 3

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Why are you going to pay to move into a home that has already been moved into? Instead of buying property that was previously inhabited by other people it is a good idea to take into account how much it could cost you to make repairs and to remodel the home to your liking. Rather than having to worry about any of that it is important to just move into your home and start enjoying yourself. In order to do that it is a good idea to invest into small house plans that will help you get the most out of your home.

All of the small house plans are available for people who have always been interested in building a home, but who have never actually dedicated the time to getting that task done. It’s a good idea to invest time and money into house plans and contractors to build your home so you know exactly what you are walking into from the start. All it takes is proper coordination on your part and before you know it you will have house plans available to put to use. Give yourself the time and energy to build your own home and the final product can be one to feel proud about.

Just because the small house plans you purchase will be a design already in place that does not mean you cannot alter it. What’s great about the any type of house or construction plans is there is always room for expansion and growth. You can choose to expand upward, or go ahead and build on the current lot size of the home. If you have a big lot you may as well take advantage of all it has to offer by expanding outward on top of the plans you receive.

With the plans to build a new home in hand it is wise to get started on the building process as soon as possible. With the right team in place your home can be built in as little as a few months. All it takes on your behalf is time and dedication to the construction of a new home. A lot of people have had new homes built through financing and saved thousands upon thousands of dollars by building their home rather than buying another. Build the home of your dreams and start with plans you can appreciate to make it a reality.

Small House Plan Series: Part 2

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Various factors are affecting the current housing market, and the trend seems to be toward smaller homes. During the past housing bubble, most people either bought or built the largest home they could afford. While these homes are certainly beautiful and impressive, the cost of maintaining and heating them can be considerable.

A downturn in the economy combined with an increase in fuel costs is making small house plans seem more attractive. Not only is a small home less expensive to buy, but it costs less to live in one. This makes home ownership possible for more people than ever before.

Living in a small home does not need to feel cramped if the home is planned to make the most of the available space. The open floor plan is very popular, and allows multiple use of the rooms that are used most. The formal living room gives way to a family room that is open to both the dining room and kitchen.

While the owners suite is still popular, the square footage of the space may be smaller but used more efficiently. Outdoor space such as a deck or patio area makes the home more livable without adding to the utility bill in cold weather.

Small House Plan Series: Part 1

Small house floor plans are becoming more and more popular every year. The reason for this popularity is because of the high cost of property values and government taxes. A small house plan is therefore very economical for the average homeowner.

There are many places to purchase small house plans that focus on the efficient use of space. A small house plan does not necessarily mean that the room will feel tiny. When you utilize your space efficiently you can turn a small area into a perceivable larger area. Also, small homes are definitely a lot more affordable.

House Plans Expo First Post

Thank you for visiting my site. I have been in the real estate industry for over a decade now and I love teaching people about house plans. I thought I would start with a beginner video for people who are just thinking about getting a small house plan to build. I’m actually going to be writting a series on small house plans to launch the blog, so stay tuned! Enjoy!