How to Design Your Own Modular Home Floor Plan

Building a modular home enables homeowners to take an active part in building a home that will suit their needs.

Designing a home floor plan for your modular home is easy with the help of the right manufacturer.Designing a home floor plan for your modular home is easy with the help of the right manufacturer.
Modular home manufacturers offer standard floor plans that you may choose from. However, if none of the standard floor plans are to your liking, you can design your own custom home floor plan. As with any important project, designing your own modular home floor plan should take a lot of careful research and planning. A customized plan will cost more than a standard plan.
What type of home do you want?

Decide what type of home you would like. The type of home you should build depends on your lifestyle. Do you have a family? Then you will need extra rooms and bathrooms for your children. Do you work at home? Then you will require a room for your office. Considering how you live will help you make a wise decision.

Visit showrooms so you can check out their model homes

Visit model homes. Walk through the showrooms of different modular home manufacturers. Taking time to do this will give you a clearer concept of what you want. It will also give you the chance to talk to manufacturers and determine whether you would entrust them with building your home. Take note of the layout of rooms, the materials they use and their prices.

Set your budget. Building a home is a large investment. Now that you have an idea of how much it would cost to build a modular home, set a realistic budget.

Select your manufacturer

Select a modular home manufacturer. When choosing your manufacturer, it is important to ask how flexible the company is in customizing designs. Most will allow customization such as changing your floor type, windows and exterior materials. Others may also change the number of floors and the placement of walls. Some companies have more flexibility. If you are not satisfied with a manufacturer's ability to customize a design, you may opt to search for a more capable manufacturer.

Map out the desired interior for your home. Although the final blueprint of your home will be made by your manufacturer, you can make an initial floor plan with your preferred locations for rooms and whatever else you require for your home. Some plans for conventional homes are not workable for a modular home. Modular homes are built in a factory, and there are specific limits on sizes and dimensions, since the finished parts will have to be transported.

Position your driveway and garage

Map out the exterior of your home. Decide where you want to position your garage and your driveway. Again, since this is a modular home, asking your manufacturer for advice would be best.

Warning

  • Before building your home, your manufacturer will have you sign an agreement containing all your home specifications and features. Read the agreement carefully before you sign it. If you don't, you could end up getting something you did not bargain for.

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Rossana Coscolluela has been writing since 1997. She was editor of the University of the Philippines’ “UPV Information Manual” and has also been an editorial consultant for various custom publications. She currently enjoys freelance writing. Coscolluela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.