How to Modify a House Plan

By Dan Gregory

modified tower plan 479-6

You can personalize a home plan to fit your lifestyle. For example you might purchase this garage/studio 

tower Plan 479-6 by Peter Brachvogel and Stella Carosso, which was inspired by US Forest Service fire lookouts, and then add a breezeway and another wing, as shown at the top of this post.

We can help you with the modification process, which might involve less dramatic changes: for example, enlarging the kitchen, raising ceiling heights, expanding the master bath, increasing the number of windows, widening the porch, or adding a deck. Here's a small studio designed by

architect Cathy Schwabe, Plan 891-1, where the workroom, which is just visible by the green barn door, 

could be modified as a small kitchen with a casual eating peninsula between it and the main living space instead of the wall.

Here are some typical modification scenarios – minor means small changes that do not affect the footprint or size of the house; medium means changes that affect less than 350 sq. ft; major means changes that affect 350 sq. ft. or more.

Minor Modifications affect building components and features such as doors, windows, bathtubs, materials, fireplaces, cabinets and appliances. Minor changes do not affect the footprint or size of the house.

Medium Modifictions include adding, moving, modifying, removing, or replacing a modest portion of the home that affects 350 sf or less. Included are changes made to single rooms and contained areas that alter the size and footprint of the house.

Major modifications include adding, moving, modifying, removing, or replacing a significant portion of the home that affects 350 sf or more. Included are changes made to the entire side of a house, adding and removing rooms, adjustments that affect multiple floors, and changes that significantly alter the size and footprint of the house.

For more Information on Plan Modification see Custom Home Plan Pricing.

Originally Published in Houseplans.com

Thu Jul 18 00:00:00 PDT 2013