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We are so thankful for all the fine homes we’ve been a part of over the years.

We’ve designed many wonderful homes for many wonderful clients. Thank you everyone for allowing Wyatt to be a part of your life and plan your projects.

If this is your first time visiting the site and learning about Wyatt, we certainly hope you will be among the next to join our list of pleased clients.

Six-hundred projects and counting.

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.

About Wyatt House Plans

Wyatt creates wonderfully designed plans for new homes and remodels with great proportions and timeless aesthetics. Detailed plans are important. They are simply the best way to avoid headaches and stress and attain a beautiful home that offers long-term benefits.

Yet, you’re probably wanting to know about the design process and exactly what the role of the designer is.

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. The floor plan example, shown above, was designed for our family. What works for someone else might be entirely different.

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.

What exactly are house plans?

House Plans, also known as blueprints, are a set of drawings that show various parts of a building. Additionally, within each drawing, numerous dimensions and notes explain the parts in great detail. Read through the frequently asked questions FAQ for more information.

Needless to say, a plan includes more than a general floor plan and front view – that’s because it’s really the details that explain what is going on. You can use this link to view a SAMPLE HOUSE PLAN .

STEP 1 – The Wyatt House Plans design process

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 computes costs from this, it wastes their time. And early drafts are not complete, which means the builder has to guess about things. 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.

STEP 2 – Exterior Design

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!

STEP 3 – Continuing a Wyatt House Plans design, step 3 and beyond

Now the basic floor plan and exterior are roughed-in. In this next phase, the attention moves to designing small details and interior features. In particular, drawings for built-in cabinets, bookcases, fireplaces, special ceiling features, plus various exterior specialties are being done. 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 one wall moves a little, sometimes an entire rooms are shifted 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 reviewed multiple 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

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

Not only is it good to plan every item of your home ahead of time, that is, prior to a building or home remodeling process, but 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. So start it with great plans.

Common questions:

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. However, 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. Every remodel id different and costs vary.

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. Modifications give the home 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

Artist Illustration vs. Photo

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

Although the drawing is conceptual, it’s still an excellent representation of the “soon to be house”. As a matter of fact, you could be thinking that someone created 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.

Incidentally, the home above is designed to grow (in the future) from THREE-bedrooms to FIVE without additional plans and WITHOUT ROOM ADDITIONS. That’s pretty special. For more information, check out the GROW HOME.

Floor Plan and Exterior Changes

Here’s how a whole new look is created 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.

Wyatt is not set on any particular style, but recognized for diverse home designs and proficiency in a variety of architectural styles.

Glancing through the GALLERY, you might have noticed that Wyatt home designs come in many different styles. It’s good evidence of the wide range of diversity offered.

Regardless of the home style you choose, Wyatt strives to make every home attractive, not just from the front, but from every side. By design, each side of the home needs windows to bring in daylight and create opportunities for ventilation.

Wyatt is good at creating homes with authentic, era-specific details and styling. There are many different home styles. The following illustrations show just nine home styles. You might like one of these, but any style is possible. The styles shown here are: Dutch Colonial, Prairie, Georgian, Shingle, Italian Renaissance, Italianate, Greek Revival, Queen Anne, and Craftsman, to name a few.

One goal is to create designs that capture vintage style, timeless beauty, and charming proportions. Here is an example of a NEW CRAFTSMAN HOME that is true to the Craftsman style.

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

Next Steps.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to know the names of every home style or architectural feature. Yet, there are several things you can do to prepare to meet. 

Simply project your ideas with notes and photos

You should make a list, separating needs from wants. You could go through your existing house to discover your future home. Make notes of what you do and don’t like about each room. Consider size, layout, and how the rooms can be better, possibly brighter and sunnier. Walk through your home, consider the rooms and storage needs. Write down all your thoughts. It’s very helpful to measure the rooms, closets, shelves, and storage.

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.

Pick a house style, and give us a call. It’s simple. 

Summary….

Details are important.

 (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.

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.

For more information…

Check out the frequently asked questions FAQ for more information.

Also check out a few magazines Wyatt has been in.

Contact us today to plan your new home 574- 267- 6643.

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

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