From napkin sketches to blueprints, we work with it all! As a custom home builder, we offer design services where we work with your ideas, a plan that we have, a plan that you’ve seen or a combination of all of these. We use this starting point to get the ideas flowing and start designing.

Where or How do I Get Building Plans

Methods of obtaining your plan could include working with an architect or buying a published plan available online or hardcopy. Most of these plan publishers offer a one use license agreement and will also work with you to modify a plan. Our typical client might come in with just thoughts/ideas, hand drawn sketches, bits and pieces of several published plans that they have literally or electronically cut and pasted together, plans drawn by an architect or a published plan that they desire to modify a little or a lot.

What to Look for in a Plan

When evaluating a plan, give first priority to the floor plan and layout of the home. Give the exterior or façade a lower priority to start with. Once we’re comfortable with the floor plan, we can work to give the design a colonial, craftsman, contemporary, Prairie or other architectural style exterior.
Some additional things to consider when looking for a plan include – being aware of the copyright rules for published plans, plans can have a tendency to “grow” during the design process so start with a plan on the small side if you can, enlarging or modifying a room may not be overly complicated, shrinking or dramatically cutting square footage can be difficult. Finally, it may be obvious but remember that house size is a significant factor of house price!

Plan Resources

In addition to local architects, your ideas and Greystone Homes, here are some home plan sites with great options!

Once you’ve done your research and have an idea of what you would like in your new custom home, meet with the designers that will work with you to build the home of your dreams!

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