Under any economic conditions, buying a home is a huge investment which you hope will serve you well for many years to come. In today’s market, it’s become difficult to justify the prices in a market that’s in a state of flux. It’s hard to know if the home’s value will rise or fall, so many people are waiting it out, until the market stabilizes. That lovely four bedroom with the gourmet kitchen, a fireplace and a pool is so attractive. You know you’d love living there, but your pocketbook might also take a big hit a couple of years from now. One alternate solution that’s growing in popularity is buying land and building your own home.

Prairie Spruce Commons is Regina’s first co-housing collective. Its residents purposefully designed their home with community in mind.


When you think about it, it’s rare to find a home that perfectly matches your lifestyle. So it now becomes natural to start thinking outside the box. There are inexpensive software packages that allow you to design your own unique house plans, right on your PC. This type of software is lots of fun. Just think of the possibilities. Every person and family has their own unique lifestyle. With an existing home, perhaps you love the gourmet kitchen feature, but don’t really need all of the particular featured bells and whistles on offer. Maybe you’d like to have an Italian brick oven and can forego the pastry center. The existing home has a giant island, but you don’t really need that much space and would rather use some of that space for a kitchen desk station. Designing your unique house plans lets you have what you want.


Let’s say you’re older, and the kids have left home, so you no longer need all the space. All you really need is one bedroom and one bath. It’s very difficult to find such a home in the existing home market. However, you can have a truly modern, unique house plan that fills the bill. Design it yourself. Maybe you’ve always wanted a library room, but raising a family requires bedroom space that makes it impossible to indulge yourself that way. Now you can. You can design your library adjacent to your bedroom or living room, with French doors which may be open or closed to the adjacent living space. Build an atrium off the bathroom with a tropical garden and spa getaway.

Unique house plans let you plan your rooms to suit just the way you live. You can design a two way fireplace which opens onto the living room on one side and your bedroom on the other. Nothing’s off the table! Design your kitchen so that it opens on to a sunroof with solar panels for entertaining and relaxing.

Many house design software packages will generate a materials list, which can help you stick to your building budget. Tweak your design until it’s perfect. Take your unique house plan to an architect, draw up the plans and off you go!