The easiest way to save money is to build a smaller home. While not all square footage is created equal, smaller homes and multiple story homes cost less.

Another way to save money is to plan for shared spaces. A guest room that also serves as a den or office will provide useful space and result in less square footage.

It’s important to examine your window selections for utility as well as aesthetics. Many plans can be built with significantly fewer windows while maintaining the same look. Less glass results in savings when it comes to framing labor and materials.