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Custom House Plan or Stock House Plan?

    You have now decided the style, approximate size, number of rooms, type of kitchen, number of stories, basement or not, type of heating, fireplace design and where to situate your home on the lot. Building a home without Professional House Plans should only be attempted by the most experienced professional ( hint: this person does not exist).

     Now you need to find a house plan!

  • You've looked all over the internet.

  • You've bought all the house plan magazines at the grocery store.

  • You've called your local Architect, 
    only to find out it will cost $20,000 to design a home.


Why not have a Custom Home Designed for a fraction of the cost?

This is the single most important decision when building a home!

  Custom House Plans

    The good points about having a Custom House Plan are that they will meet the foundation requirements for your area, and will have every amenity that your heart wishes So, when the plan is exactly what you want in every way, only then will you move on to construction. This is the most rewarding path, a home designed by you for you. no one else will have a house like yours anywhere in the nation. you can plan for growth, and or plan for a families special needs and wants.

    If an architect's seal is required in your area, We will find someone before you buy the plans, to stamp or review the full drawings. Many states do not allow architects to put their seal on someone else's plans. If you need to have structural information only reviewed, you may find an engineer more easily than an architect to seal the plans. They are accustomed to providing structural information on someone else's drawings.

    Our "House Plans" page has a collection of home plans that will prove to be unlike all the drab plans you normally see on a house plan web-site


Stock House Plans

    The simplest way is to find and buy a set of stock house plans from a magazine, a home center, the internet or some other source. You may have to search many plans to find one that fits your criteria, but this is a very economical option.

    The downside is that they will seldom have the foundation requirements for your area. So, even if the plan is not exactly what you want in every way, it will need to be modified. This is not too difficult, but can end up costing more than the Custom House Plan would have.  Even if the plan does not have a feature you want, you can have the drawing modified to include what ever it is you want added.

Plan Requirements

    All plans should conform to one of the national codes such as UBC or CABO or the new ICC.  You may need to alter your plans to conform to your local code. The vast majority of municipalities have adopted at least one of the national codes. Find out which one. The national codes can be found at your local public library, and the local codes should be available there too

    Of course, you can draw your own plans if they will be acceptable to your municipality. Be aware that if you will be applying for a construction loan, the lender will undoubtedly require complete documents.

    Lenders are reluctant to lend to people that are acting as their own general contractor. You must impress them with your ability by putting together a good set of plans. It will also be helpful if you get your permanent mortgage from the same lender as the construction loan.

    Whichever option you choose, the documents should include all the data required to build your home.

draw out your needs on paper yourself, sit down with your family and dream a little bit, it doesn't have to be a set of construction documents, go to our Ask the Designer section for some help, but you should have some ideas. 

 Another option is to have a Design Firm prepare plans you already own. 
 This option should also be fairly economical.



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