The field of drawing custom house plans is a crowded and competitive one. There are many architectural and design firms out there vying for a “piece of the pie.” However, if you look closely at examples of their finished product, you will find huge differences among them. The better ones offer quality designs and highly detailed plans.
Drawing a good set of custom home plans involves integrating many different concepts and ideas into a solid and usable working plan. Many designers are able to come up with a unique or interesting preliminary design, but fail to deliver when its time to detail the house structure. They draw a pretty picture but have little or no understanding of how to translate that nice design into a working plan which the builder can understand.
Having been in the business for more than 30 years, we have seen a large number of house plans which looked good at first glance. However, upon closer examination, many of these plans were found to be lacking large amounts of needed information. If a house plan is not easy to navigate or is not thoroughly detailed, then the builder is left to guess at the designer’s intentions. This often means that he will “pad” his bid to make sure that he covers any unknown construction costs that may arise.
One item to look for when evaluating a house plans’ quality level is the number of structural sections which are shown on the plan. Highly detailed sets of plans will always cut lots of sectional views through the house to show every different roof framing situation. This might mean that 10 or 12 (or even more) sections need to be drawn for a large house plan. And even a small house plan should include 3 or 4 sections minimum. However, many home plans available today (especially plans purchased through inexpensive plan directories) cut corners in this department and only show one or two house section views. This means that the builder will have to guess at the rest of the house framing.
Another item which is often missing or lacking in a set of house plans is comprehensive and accurate dimensions. We have always strived to provide more than the minimum amount of house dimensions so that it is easy for the owner and builder to layout a home on its building site. We will even calculate point to point dimensions (using trigonometry) for homes which have lots of odd angles to them (as opposed to a simple rectangle layout). Not all architects or designers will go this “extra mile,” so it pays to check these things out beforehand.
If you don’t want the look of a manufactured home, then you might be interested in custom home building options. These custom home plans are designed for individuals so that they can have unique homes. Designing a custom one is not usually very hard, and they are fairly cheap for what you get. However, if you want you home floor plans to be designed properly, then it is important to have a good architect to work with you.
Custom home building does not have to be hard. Designing custom house is quite simple with the right tools and people helping. The first part of designing a custom one is to get a good architect to work with. That person should be knowledgeable about home plans and how to make custom houses. The main things to consider when designing your own place is how to design everything you need so that it fits in with your budget.
It costs more to build a custom one, but it can be really worth the extra money in the end. There are many different styles of house plans that can be created. Victorian house plans, Mediterranean house plans, plans for a Cape Cod house, and many more can all be created.
However, the outside does not matter as much as the inside. Consider what you will be doing in your house and decide the best way to arrange the rooms to fit with those activities. If you like to craft a lot, then add a room that you can keep craft supplies in all of the time.
The cost of building a custom one will vary depending on what kind of design you come up with. The more expensive things you add, the more the house will be. However, there are some basic materials that all houses use that can be included to make up a rough estimate. A lot will cost somewhere around $20,000 or more. To lay a foundation will cost about $5,000-$7,000. A roof will run somewhere between $15,000 and more for larger and steeper roofs.
Windows can cost $15,000 and more, and bricks can cost $15,000 or more as well. All of these expenses are added on top of the regular building expenses. Usually, it will take over $100,000 to build a custom one. However, you will know exactly what went into that house and how long it is supposed to last. A lot of times custom homes and home plans last longer than manufactured homes. The new home plans that you choose will determine the cost of your new one.
Every set of custom house plans includes several items which need to be blown up and detailed for further clarification. If a set of plans does not provide additional close-up drawings (for things such as beam connections, deck railings, stairway construction, etc.), then it is not a complete set. It is very easy to cut corners during the planning process. But the end result will be higher costs for the home owner – and lots of frustration for the building contractor.
There are some architects and designers who seem to think that its the responsibility of the building department to check and catch any omissions. But the best of the breed takes it as a matter of pride to produce the very best plan and design they can. It is the only way to build up a loyal clientele and to get referrals for future work. And that vote of confidence from former clients makes all the difference in the world.