As a custom home builder, we offer design services where we work from: 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
Other ways of obtaining your plan would include working with an architect or buying a published plan available on line 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 affecting the house price!
In addition to local architects, your ideas and us here at Greystone Homes, below are some home plan sites that we have found to have great plans.