Scroll to the bottom of page first, and let the page load, (takes 4 or 5 seconds) then come to the top again
If you want to compare .....open up duplicate websites...ie buildyourownhomeyourself.com (twice)
As is fairly obvious,...... We designed (with enormous help from my wife) the house and landscaping (shown on this website), and drew up the plans myself, although it may become clear that some changes were made as we progressed, so the final project may differ slightly from the plans shown here or other places.....maybe, more than slightly in some areas (but follow the photos for accuracy)
If you are in doubt, simply follow the photographs of the continuing project and all will become clear to you.....or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org (i may be able to help you, if I havent forgotten ....ha!!)
On this website, particularly on this page, you will find the basic plans that we will use, to help complete the project, and give you an idea of the project you will be invoved in, but you will also find these same and other plans dispersed throughout the website also, (and in more detail)..........in fact.....the 'plans used' page will provide all the plans you will need for this project
As i have just mentioned.....If in doubt, you can also present these plans and the discrepancies in the photos to a draughtsman (or a person who can draw up your altered plans), and present again, the amended plans (like i did, to the building inspectors)....this is not expensive......(or even have a go at drawing them up yourself, like i did)......simply find out what local building regulations are, concerning your alteration, and comply in the revamped plans.....its not that hard !! ......Below are the amended plans to just give you an idea of the completed project ....i altered the plans as i went along........so we will be working off original plans and altered plans
Drawing up plans is simple.....find some architects plans of a house somewhere and simply copy the way they dids things...and learn and use the language that they have put on the plans.(thats all i did below)......our own design, but copied the way a professional drew the plans........use and find out the symbles professionals use on their plans.......copy the way they did it....and put them on your plans at the relevant places....simple..
You may want to do different landscaping, but never-the-less instructions how to build the identical landscaping (as shown) will be found in the landscaping section
I would also remind you here, It took me 5 years...3 years for the house...2 years landscaping ....full time........(you may find that you will do it far quicker) .........well,..... anyway it took 5 years for me.... to complete the project, and it turned out to be, like a never ending story......because your creative and learning juices never stop
but 'oh' .....how satifying to see something you built with your own hands materialize, and realising that you actually were also making up to $150,000 a year building it, (escalated value of the finished project) including money saved by doing it yourself, equats up to $150,000 a year. What other job do you know of, where you are litterally putting ( savings) $150,000 in the bank annually.
It cost me ( to build the house, including the land) $220,000. Two years after we finished it was worth 1.2 million, and there is also, the added advantage of setting you up (in the building industry) for life......how good is that!
It would be a good idea, to print out all the relevant plans on this website (duplicate copies) and keep a folder of plans on site, and another set in the shed....( 'save' into your files... then print...from your files ).......if the house plan is reduced to 15.8mm long,(the house that is) and 14.8mm wide (when you print them)....then they will be at 1-100 scale (occasional others maybe at 1-200 scale)
Also, some of the plans (below) have been split in two, for easier viewing........you will need to use the zoom function to magnify the split plans by using the feature at the top off your computer. You will see three vertical dots (top right)...click on them,.....click on zoom several times (be persistant).....and enlarge for easier viewing.....
The plans on this website ( as far as construction goes) are just a guide for you......visualisation (by progressive photos on this site) will give you a much better understanding of the project. There are well over 300 photos on this website of the construction stages of this project. I will guide you as much as i can, but often you will have to find out through Local Council, or Federal Government Depts or someone like 'Masterbuilders' to comply with your local regulations
These plans below.....are a rough guide to the project, and are the amended ones (3rd plan down), but you will also be able to download the originals ( to print out as well.....on 'plans used' page)..... for better viewing and greater understanding of the project and its amendments
You will notice that the 3m garage extension, is an add on, as are other little bits and pieces (as you go along)...refer to the photos for accuracy
Immediately below is the original plans (2 plans.....upper and lower) that we presented to council, but made quite significant changes as we went along with the project, that you will see in the following amended plans.......
We initialy followed the original plans,. but eventually began using the amended plans further down the project.....unfortunately, thats the way it will be presented to you as well, but of course you have the great advantage of just following the photos.......to easy!!