Three Reasons You Shouldn't Draw Your Own Roof Plans

Everyone thinks they can design their own home, or at least an addition to their existing home. How hard could it be? After all, it's just some rooms with windows and a few doors--and, throw in a kitchen and a couple of baths, right? It's easy to understand why people might think designing a home is easy. Most people live in some type of home most of their lives, and they're familiar with its basic needs.

You probably could design your own home or addition, or at least come up with a workable layout. Although some areas require a little more thought than others, such as how much room to allow for a stairway, or how large a bathroom should be, you could probably make something work. However, unless you really know what you're doing, you should always get an architect or drafting professional to draw the roof plans.

Why You Shouldn't Draw your Own Roof plans

  1. If the first thing that comes to mind when you see the word, "pitch," is baseball, you probably shouldn't design your roof plans. The pitch is the slope of your roof, and an architect can determine what pitch looks best for the style and size of your home. The correct pitch can mean the difference between people saying, "What an attractive home" and, "What's up with that roof?"
  2. An architect can draw your roof plans so the addition blends in with your existing home and doesn't look like an addition. You don't want people saying, "They sure built that chicken coop close to that house."
  3. An architect considers snow loads and wind force when designing roof plans. If you don't take nature into account, your home could end up on the Weather Channel as an example of what can happen after a heavy snow.