Shingle style cottage house plan with three bedrooms, two baths, two car garage, wide front porch and a stunning curb appeal. At only 1596 square feet, it is an incredible home design. The one-story ranch has an open concept, screen porch and exposed rafter tails for style.

What is so special about Wyatt House Plans?

To begin with, Wyatt creates thorough house plans for new homes and remodels.

Notably, in this introduction, we’ll answer several questions about the Wyatt home design process and describe the role of a home designer. To say the least, it’s more than designing the above home for our family. (Nonetheless, my wife likes the home. So, all is good!)

It’s good to explain what Wyatt plans do. Then, clarify why it’s best to seek detailed house plans, as well as show various ways we can help you plan a home. Along the way, you’ll discover how you can benefit from a home that has been thoroughly and wonderfully designed. Finally, we’ll describe how Wyatt house plans helps you avoid headaches and stress.

Accordingly, you may wonder, what exactly are house plans?

To begin with, the words “house plans” are interchangeable with blueprints. Years ago, the process of making copies of the drawings rendered all of the lines and text, you guessed it… blue. Thus, they became known as “blue” prints. Consequently, the name stuck. However, most plans these days are black ink on white paper.

In general, a house plan (blueprint) is a set of drawings for a project. The plans contain many drawings. Furthermore, each drawing shows details of a residence. Additionally, within each drawing, numerous dimensions and notes add even greater detail to explain the shapes, sizes, and specific details of each room, as well as the exterior.

Needless to say, a plan includes more than a floor plan and the front view of the home.

To see a plan, we have a sample house plan on this website. You can view it anytime. Look in the Menu above for “Sample House Plan”.

An artist’s illustration and a photo of the sample home appears below.

This sample is a two-story home. It has FIVE bedrooms. The initial 3-bedroom plan has 2,205 square feet. To grow the home to four and five bedrooms, some additional work is necessary. For instance, a bonus room is located above the garage. When that room is complete, the square footage increases to 2576. Additionally, once the basement space becomes living space, the grand total grows to a comfortable 3711 square feet. Finishing an unused basement can be an economical gain of space.

Obviously, there’s a point to explaining so much about this home.

Uniquely, this design is a “master plan.” In other words, there are ways to “grow” the home, built into the home design. Rooms that offer future expansion are already in the plan. The pre-planning makes it easier to increase living space later. In a word, only a portion of the available space is finished. A person could finish all of the space from day one if budget allows, or grow into a 5-bedroom home later. Incredibly, there’s plenty of living space from the start to begin as a three-bedroom home.

A master plan is a great way to think ahead and save money, and have space added in the future when needed. Furthermore, with the space already under roof, one will avoid costly excavation and room additions when it’s time to grow.

Looking “long-term”, one only needs a purpose, or intent, to devise a plan.

After that, everything goes more smoothly. That’s because everything is in the plan ahead of time. Thorough plans save time and money.


There’s a saying…

“There are about 33,000 decisions to make when planning a home. The builder only makes a couple dozen of them.”

Obviously, that sounds overwhelming. Yet, Wyatt House Plans is here to help you with your home planning project.

To give you some idea how consistent and accurate we try to be in the process, compare this early art illustration (above) to the photo (below).

Although the drawing is more concept in nature, it’s still a very good representation of the “soon to be house”. As a matter of fact, you could be thinking that someone drew the drawing from the photo. That is not how it came about. In reality, the illustration was created first. The home was built later.

Color photo of two story home with circle drive, lots of landscape flowers and a picket fence, flowering trees, flower boxes at windows and burgundy shutters. Basement windows are above grade. An attractive home with wonderful curb appeal. Home Design by Wyatt House Plans. 3711 total square feet and up to five bedrooms. Double-hung windows. Elliptical window above entry door. Brick foundation. Bonus room above the garage.

The benefit of a thorough Wyatt house plan is hard to overstate.

Let Wyatt House Plans assure you that we can plan every item of your home ahead of time, that is, prior to a building or home remodeling process.

Taking the time to plan every detail just might be the very thing that gives you the most piece of mind during the construction process. Building a home is a big undertaking. Start it with great plans.

The role of a home designer

Designers see more than the basic structure. They look to its intended use. In reality, a home is more than a pile of lumber waiting for assembly.

Everyone has different needs. Personal preferences are varied. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” home. There are important factors to consider in a comprehensive view of a project. For instance, important factors include family size, lifestyle, how often and how many you entertain. All of these are the start of a master plan. A competent designer takes careful note of these.

Making a home attractive involves questioning many things. Key considerations are alignment, balance, and proportion. Wyatt House Plans perfection of these details make Wyatt unique in the home designing industry.

Farm house style, two story home with wide front porch. Cobblestone brick driveway. Design by Wyatt House Plans.
Color illustration of Queen Anne style two story home with two car garage. Design by Wyatt House Plans. Similar to Thomas Kinkade artwork.

The Wyatt House Plans design process – Step 1

What does Wyatt House Plans do first?

After meeting to discuss your needs and desires, we create a rough draft of the floor plan. Incidentally, we plan homes from the the inside first. The exterior comes later.

Likewise, think of it like wrapping gifts at Christmas time. We can wrap a box in any wrapping paper. Above all, it’s the size and shape of the box that needs determined first. The home is really no different. We have to start with the interior. For example, we will scale out rooms with furniture to make sure there is space for everything. After that, we will consider door and window locations.

Main floor plan, rough draft, second draft, and finished plan for two story home design by Wyatt House Plans. 3711 total square feet and up to five bedrooms.

. . .  when does the contractor determine price?   

It’s important to note at this point, a rough draft lacks significant details and dimensions and important features. These are the very things a builder needs to accurately price the home (compare the sample drafts above).

Early drafts show ideas that don’t make it to the final draft. If a builder trys to figure cost from this, they will waste time trying to figure things out. If you want accurate prices, a builder can only be as thorough as the plans. Unfinished plans are open to interpretation. Comprehensive bids come from completed plans.

Exterior Design – Step 2

The exterior is critically important.

No matter how nice the interior appears, if the exterior is unattractive, the value drops significantly.

The exterior comes after the interior, but it is of no less importance.

Don’t worry. Designing the exterior second does not put the cart ahead of the horse. We know that the interior does not necessarily determine the exterior design. When Wyatt house plans does the exterior, the goal is to make every side of the house attractive.

To illustrate the point…. that wrapping the exterior is like wrapping a Christmas gift… check out the next two images. The second image is an alternate exterior for basically the same home. Yet, the floor plan is not exactly identical. There are some minor changes. Even so, this explains how different the exterior can be. Of course, the exterior certainly can be much different than this.

3 bedroom homes with two car garage and wide front porch.
Floor plans and exterior illustrations for two homes. Each has three bedrooms, 1592 and 1697 square feet. Shingle style cottage and brick home. Designs by Wyatt House Plans.

. . . rest assured, the floor plan does not dictate the exterior

Based on the same floor plan, these illustrations (above) show two exterior designs. In the alternative design (bottom image), the house flips end for end. That puts the garage on the opposite end of the house. With the garage doors in a new location, the home will have a side-loading garage, rather than front-loading. Also notice, the front porch is in a new location too. It is no longer at the end of the house. Now it is in the center of the home. To really see it, observe the location of the door and count the windows. Really, to a designer, these changes aren’t significant, but they help the homes appear differently. Even though, they could be much more different!

Continuing a Wyatt House Plans design – Step 3 and beyond

Now that the basic floor plan and exterior make their way to the page. At this phase, drawings of small details and interior features get the attention. In particular, we do drawings for built-in cabinets, bookcases, fireplaces, special ceiling features, plus various exterior specialties. Those may include brackets, special trim, plus, a whole lot of other details.

Everything remains in a state of flux through the process, which is good. Walls do move to make space for standardized pieces. Sometimes that leads to a “domino affect” where one wall moves a little, sometimes an entire room shifts a little. Before you know it, we may change the placement of windows and doors too. In fact, just about every feature of the home is under review many times.

Now this…

this ought to describe home design…

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.”

-Edgar Degas

Common questions people ask Wyatt House Plans:

How long does the whole design process take?

Design time varies from home to home. It is not an overnight process- nor would you want it to be. Your home is too large of an investment to just haphazardly toss the design together without considering your needs, desires, and lifestyle. Of course, there’s no way to predict exactly how long the process will take. Each home is unique and adjusted to client needs. Nonetheless, a great design does not happen by accident but comes from creativity and innovative ideas.

Typically, a custom home will take two to four months to plan. Whereas, high-end homes could take six months to a year. Generally speaking, we create multiple drafts during this time. Many ideas bounce back and forth. Sometime a client will meditate over the design for a few days. Others think it over for weeks. That’s good for everyone. We don’t rush them. They can mull it over. Meanwhile, we work on another project.

What does it cost to design a home from scratch?

Plans for new homes and remodels require different drawings. Work for both proceeds on an hourly basis. For new homes designs, prices are usually well under 7% of the cost of the project.

Prices for home remodels vary greatly due to remodels being so different. Really, no two are alike. Some projects involve a simple room addition. Others might be a whole-house make-over. Sometimes a remodel is nothing more than a face lift to change the front of the home. Needless to say, there is not a set remodel price.

What else do you do?

We offer “face lifts”. The next two photos and sets of drawings show examples of face lifts. To view and compare the before and after versions, simply slide the bar back and forth.

A face lift for REMODELING

A face lift helps people discover how they might change the front of their home to improve the curb appeal. This is ideal if you have an existing home and want to change the front.

A face lift for NEW HOMES…

Face lifts also help those who are in the process of planning a new home. Sometimes they find themselves in a spot where they would like to see an alternate exterior. Wyatt can create attractive design options for your home. Obviously, with new homes in the planning phase, they aren’t built yet. We cannot use photos. However, we can use drawings.

Home transformations built on classical, timeless details.

A study of historical architecture, Wyatt really shows how the careful use of excellent proportions, finesse, and refinement takes a home to a whole new level. From superb alignment and choice window scaling to dedicating specific attention reducing garage mass. Now the home has its much needed curb appeal and a garage wing that no longer overpowers the home… wonderful details abound in this 9,542 square foot home.

  • Luxury home 9542 square feet 2-story walk-out basement

Here’s Another Wyatt Home Design Example

. . . it shows how a whole new look is possible with minimal floor plan changes

These two examples show how easy it is to achieve an entirely new look. In this case, slight interior adjustments help achieve a desired look. Usually, we only consider extensive floor plan changes to improve the floor plan. On occasion, floor plan changes will help achieve a particular exterior design, but that not typical. In short, if you don’t especially like the exterior of the home design, Wyatt house Plans can offer a large variety of solutions. 

3 bedroom homes with two car garage and wide front porch.
Floor plans and exterior illustration for two Ranch homes with three bedrooms, 1552 and 1657 square feet. Stone landscape wall in foreground. Designs by Wyatt House Plans.

Several modifications gave this home a new appearance. First, I reversed the plan. Next, I pulled the garage forward. The laundry is better. The bathroom is better. The roof is dramatic. The mudroom is new and convenient. The laundry is separate too.

When you meet with Wyatt House Plans, here’s what you can do to prepare.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to know the names of architectural features. However, there are several things you can do in preparation for our meeting. 

Take inventory. 

You should make lists. Separate needs from wants. Go through your entire house, listing what you do and don’t like about each room. Consider size, layout, and how you could make it better. Write down every thought. Walk through your home, consider the rooms and storage needs. Measure the rooms, closets, shelves, and storage.

You should communicate with pictures. 

Magazines and books are a wonderful source of pictures. Pull out clippings of everything you like. For example, photos of built-ins, beamed ceilings, and cabinets are good to explain what you are looking to do. In general, the more you show, the better. However, be sure to write what you like on each clipping. It’s easy to forget later. Really, that heppens!

Locate your site plan. 

A site plan is the same as the survey of the property. It shows the actual dimensions of the property and any existing buildings. Provide one clean copy.

You can pick any house style. 

Whatever your style, Wyatt House Plans is good at creating homes with authentic, era-specific details.

SAMPLE PROJECT: a Craftsman Style Home gets the best compliment: people cannot figure out its age.

That’s a real success. A design with such great scale and proportions that it appears so authentic that people think is was built in 1920 or something. This proof enough for us, real evidence that the home design is so good that people as close as your nearest friend think it is a vintage home.

It will take convincing that the home is anything other than a well-preserved, older home. Yet, others will desperately look for clues to prove it’s a new home. In other words, the design is good. The plans have authentic details and proportions.

Creating homes with timeless qualities happens to be a goal Wyatt house Plans strives for. We want a home that never goes out of style. Homes that have good scale and proportions have a pleasing, timeless beauty that remains attractive for generations.

This home is no exception. Its timeless beauty and appeal transcends multiple generations. Check out the photo below. Many poeple find it hard to believe it is a new home- a Craftsman Style Home. It might appear to be from the 1920’s, but it’s not.

Wide front porch on Craftsman style home with red windows and green siding and two bay windows on second floor.

Wyatt House Plans strives to make every home attractive from every side, regardless of home style. For example, here’s nine common styles: Dutch Colonial, Prairie, Georgian, Shingle, Italian Renaissance, Italianate, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Craftsman, to name a few.

Dutch Colonial, Prairie, Georgian, Shingle, Italian Renaissance, Italianate, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Craftsman home styles.

Details are important. Why?

 (1) The most accurate way to show a builder everything in the home, outside of actually building it for him, is to provide a complete, highly detailed set of plans.

Wyatt plans help you achieve accurate bids and are ideal for discerning home-owners.

(2) Detailed plans make your life easier. You avoid feeling pressure that a crew gets pay to wait for your decisions. You might be wondering if your decisions will look right when everything comes together.

(3) The builder’s and sub-contractor’s jobs are easier. Everything is in the plan. Electrical items are in the plan. Plans guide your builder, and that saves you time and money.

Details…. a few inches really do make a difference…

Wyatt House Plans has been in several magazines…

To read more about Wyatt House Plans, don’t leave without reading through some magazines that featured Wyatt House Plans. You’ll find even more information there! Look for the link “Articles” in the menu above.

Magazines with Wyatt House Plans, included are The Old House, Remodeling, Lakes, and a book titled Prairie Style.

As you ponder some home design details, perhaps you have questions like…

  • What is the best way to plan things?
  • To make things look right… does “A” look better than “B”?
  • Will I want to achieve a certain look but not even realize what I’m getting until it is built?
  • How do I know if my designer knows this stuff?
  • Is a designer going to explain options to me, or offer selections to choose from?

If these or other home design issues concern you, contact Wyatt to see how our experience and creative solutions can help you.

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