Hey, guys. This is my first post here. I couldn't find an introduction forum (or an appropriate place to post this thread), but I thought this forum seemed most fitting.
I'm currently in the process of saving money to build a house. I hope to be able to start construction within the next 12-24 months. I'm teaching myself to use SketchUp and already designed a floor plan. I'm trying to read up as much as I can on this forum so I can do everything right the first time and not have to go back and fix mistakes.
I see a lot of people here posting floor plans for their theaters/houses/etc. Like I said, I designed a floor plan, myself, but it's mostly just a draft. I have no idea how thick walls should be, how much space should go between the basement and first floor, etc. Then I'm confused on design issues such as 2x4's not being exactly 2" x 4"... Wouldn't that minor size difference affect the floor plans as well? These questions don't even scratch the surface on all the confusion I'm having.
So, my question is, how did you guys get started? All this seems so overwhelming, I don't really know where to start. My main goal is to design a house and get everything right the first time so that when I'm ready to add a theater, I'll already have it designed and all the preparations will already be made.