Tailoring an Off-the-Rack Plan
By Bud Dietrich
Make a ready made plan your own by modifying it.
Tailoring an Off-the-Rack
Say you’ve scoured houseplans.com for the perfect plan but
can’t find exactly what it is you want and need. Maybe you’ve found a plan that’s 90% of what
you’re looking for but just not 100%.
Maybe there’s no soaking tub in the master bathroom and you really want
a soaking tub. Or the plan would work
for your site if the land were across the street, where north would be along
the back of the house in lieu of the front.
Or maybe there are other issues that make you throw up your hands and
Well, there’s no need to walk away from a plan that’s 90% of
what you want and a little creative tailoring will get the plan to 100%. Here’s a look at just how easy some straight
forward tailoring can be.
Let’s start with one of the plans available on
Houseplans.com. This is a simple, one
story house with a split floor plan that’s seen throughout Florida. While the Houseplans.com client liked the plan
and overall look and feel of the house, some tailoring was needed to get the
plan just right.
Because of the client’s property characteristics, the client
wanted the floor plan flipped so the garage would be on the left, or west side
of the property. The client also wanted
a fireplace in the large Florida Room and a soaking tub in the master
bathroom. All three of these were easy
to achieve as the plan lent itself to some adaptation.
The next step was to consult with the client to find out if
there were other plan items that needed some adjustment. During the consultation, we learned that the
client had a large SUV and a midsized sedan so wanted some extra garage space
to accommodate these vehicles. We also
learned the client wanted a separate laundry room that would have plenty of
storage. Again, the plan was easily modified
to incorporate these items. The garage
was made larger, and side loaded in lieu of front loaded, and a large laundry
room was added.
So there it is. An
off the rack plan has been tailored to fit a particular family’s needs. And at a fraction of the cost of a custom
plan. It’s the architectural equivalent
of going to Men’s Wearhouse to buy a suit because, let’s face it, not all of us
have the resources to buy our clothes from a Savile Row tailor.