Create or Buy Plans

By Jamie Roche

Building from a ready-made plan lets you jumpstart the process -- modifying is easier than starting from scratch.

Getting the House You Want

Now that you know your wish-list, budget and zoning requirements it’s time to design! If you have the resources it is a great idea to hire a qualified local architect who is trained and talented in mapping your needs to the unique realities of your site. Site-specific views, wind, sun orientation, grade changes and landscape features can be so important that they define the building. In almost every case, site characteristics influence the layout of rooms, windows and more.

When the budget does not allow for a talented architect to create a plan just for you, starting with an existing plan is a great option. When you start with an existing plan – like Plan 888-8 shown above — your additional design dollars are applied to tailoring the plan to your unique needs and desires and the requirements of your site.


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Fri Jul 12 00:00:00 PDT 2013