> I have a question regarding home design plans that I need some
> I have found a home design that I would like to have built on my own
> however the builder does not build except in their own development
> NC USA), and is not willing to sell the home plans to me.
> Is it acceptable to take the published and available house floor plans
> architect and have the architect create a set of blueprints for me?
> I would want the architect to modify the plans to fit the
> of the location I plan to build.
> Is this typical/acceptable/ethical in the architect profession?
> Thanks for your help!
First thing is to check your state laws regarding whether the plans will
need to be sealed. For example, in Michigan, any residential building over
3500 s.f. requires a seal. This will determine whether you need a licensed
architect, or if you can use a "designer"
Second, stay away from the "internet designer" types. You need someone
local that is not only familiar with local codes, but familiar with local
building practices, and can check on your contruction when it happens.
Third. Is it acceptable/ethical ? It depends. It happens a lot,
from using existing plans as a basis for a different plan to outright
copyright theft. In between is a big gray area.
After determining what you need WRT #1, talk with 2-4 different
people/firms, and see what their comfort level is WRT what you want and how
much of a copy vs new design it is......as well as their fees......and keep
in mind you usually get what you pay for.