Tips for Successfully Finding the Perfect House Plans

Selecting the right design from a variety of house plans for your future home can be very tricky. You need to weigh the pros and cons of each design you encounter, as well as consider the budget, location, number of rooms, and other amenities that will give you convenience and that will fit your lifestyle.

Aside from that, you must also look to trusted people who will guide you with honesty, who are unbiased and are knowledgeable in the construction industry. Once you do find the right plan and builders, you are more likely to achieve your dream home. To help you, here are tips and advice that will bring you closer to the right house plan choice.

What to Consider when Choosing the Right House Plans?


A newlywed couple and a retired pair are most likely going to have different lifestyle and living needs then an older couple, or a large family. Therefor family makeup driving unique lifestyles which may change over time is a consideration. Lifestyle can affect major decisions such as: how many floors the house would have, room designs, accessibility, etc.

Family needs

Consider the size of your family. How many children do you want to have or already have? Where in a house would you usually gather when you are together? What are the usual things you do when you are at home?

Design for privacy, study, and work purposes

Another thing to consider is your privacy. Do you like to spend some of your private moments in your bedroom or in the study? Also, you have to consider the placements of windows and doors so they won’t become open screens for your neighbor’s viewing.

Area for specific rooms

The total living area of your house is one of the major things to consider when looking for house plans. If you want to maximize your space, see to it that there are no under-utilised rooms in the house like walk-in closets that occupy a lot of space, or extra dining rooms for special occasions.


It is best to know the sizes of your existing furniture, firsthand, before you finalise your design. Consider what other furniture you are planning to place inside the house, too, in order to avoid unnecessary renovations because of furniture height and width miscalculations.

Outdoor living and landscaping

Take into consideration your lot space, geographical location, and the terrain before choosing your house plan. By doing so, you can properly decide whether to build a pool, or landscape a garden, or both. Also, you need to consider the condition of the place when it rains so as not to be caught off guard when it floods.

Overall construction budget

Of course, the budget says it all. You need to choose house plans that don’t exceed your budget. This is to avoid future financial strain, especially during the building process.

Consider future space modifications and cost

Considering the given lot, you can give some space allowances for future renovations and room extensions, especially when your family is growing or when you have an additional member of your family who needs some private space of their own.

Common Mistakes that People Make when Choosing a House Design

The room sizes are not sufficient

When looking for a house plan, you must ask building experts about the accuracy of area estimates in order not to have regrets at the end. Choosing to build rooms in standard sizes with consideration of your lifestyle, is the safest approach.

Extended family visits

Your extended family might come to visit you over the weekend or during Christmas. Unnecessary rooms or a crowded living space can be a distraction to your reunion. Always consider having an open area for family gatherings.

Spending days going to display homes rather than viewing digital platforms

Instead of directly visiting showrooms to find your perfect house plan, why not consider viewing designs on a digital platform for you to save time, money, and effort?

iBuildNew Provides Assistance

Selecting your home designs and plans can really take a lot of effort and time, especially when you drive all your way down to display homes and showrooms. To save yourself the hassle, we here at iBuildNew provide an alternative and easier solution.

iBuildNew provides a wide range of house plans for all build areas in Australia, all free for you to browse.  You can extensively research the right house plans here and you can even use our platform to find lots for sale.

Whether you are looking for a single-storey, dual occupancy, or a display village – we have floor plans and home designs that you can look over. Every floor plan detail is provided for you to make a well-informed decision.


Ben is a passionate home renovator who is forever making improvements around the home and garden


iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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