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Be sure you know the width and length of your lot before you start. Then take away all setbacks, usually five to ten feet for side setbacks, 25′ feet for the front setback, and 15′ feet for the rear setback.

You will have to check with your local building authority to find out for sure. The area left over after taking away all the setbacks is the area you can build in. You might have other considerations that dictate how much house you can put on the ground floor, it is called the Floor Area Ratio ( FAR).

One way to start getting an idea of your spaces and their relationships with each other is to cut out pieces of cardboard to scale in the size of the rooms you want. Use a scale that is easy to manage, like 1/4″ inch equals one foot. Put the pieces together and think of the way they affect the front elevation and the way people move through the house, privacy considerations, and inter relationships with the other rooms.