Hi, I'm selling in California, and moving elsewhere. I want to build, and
I'm looking for sources of home plans.
I have the Garlinghouse book, Garlinghouse website, and HSH website I've
Can anyone recommend any others where interesting, attractive designs are
the norm? ( sometimes I hate Google and the zillions of hits they yield )
Thanks very much
(no like spam? remove it to contact me)
Find a designer in the area you're moving to and get it designed for
you. Most stock plans are just plain bad. Many plans have never been
built. Most plans are designed for a generic person on a generic lot in
a generic climate.
I have no idea how anybody can pick a plan before they pick their lot.
The lot, orientation, etc. all have a tremendous impact on the design.
If you want to to save energy, you'll need a house that is adapted to
your very particular site. You will not find this in stock plans.
Do yourself a favor--hire an architect (and yes, this was brought to you
by someone looking out for the architects).
I was designing house plans for fun around the age of 10 and was considered
a top home floorplan designer.
Had I been more entrepreneurially-inspired, I might have even sold them
under a similar plug:
"I feature house floor plans and garages, and am one of the nation's top
home floor plan designers. Find that dream home plan!"
It's what they know, Paul, it's what they know.
Where "etc." shall include the choreography.
Although I'm a designer by trade, I swear by the things...
Using thumb and index finger, just pick them up gently by their heads, hover
them over what needs to be done, squeeze a little without popping them, and
watch them squirt their magic.
...Although the painted application of a Garlinghouse floorplan to a floor
might be worth a design consideration, if only for a kids' hopscotch.
I'd have to concur. Although I did end up going with a development-builder
(currently driving the poeple nuts - "oh, can you please change this, and
that, and..." and they're actually being good about it), I had looked at
more online plans and more plan books than Doan's has pills. In the end,
found a mass-builder here with a place that was better than any of the book
plans I saw.
If you're going to go through the process (and expense!) of getting a nice
piece of property, then I'd say, don't go all cheapo-scrimpo on the house
plan. Do some research, not only into local designers, but more
importantly, so as to educate your own design sense.
The biggest mistake people make, IMO, is to take the attitude that design
is supposed to be some sort of "magical" thing that just comes along and
hits one on the head.
Nope. If you want to have (1) a well-built house (2) a well-designed house
and (3) a house you'll be happy with, you have to put thought into it, and
to do that, you have to put some time into some self-education re: design
AND building, because shoddy, sloppy construction will ruin even the best
plan. I lived in a sloppily-constructed new house and it was a waste of
money, a waste of time (because I had to caulk and do other things I should
not have had to do in a new house), and a great big *annoyance*. If you
want to be annoyed and do a lot of work, buy an old place and plan on
fixing it up! That's not what anyone should have to go through with a new
And again, if you are going to go through having a custom place built, then
for petesakes, make it CUSTOM. What that means is, find a good designer
who will help you look at *your* tastes, *your* lifestyle, *your* needs.
No pre-packaged plan can be truely *yours*.
I assume you're going to consider other approaches beyond simply looking for
sources of home plans?
"The House You Build" by Duo Dickinson-- apparently a #1 bestseller at the
American Institute of Architects-- lends some insight, beyond what you might
think, toward getting a better home.
"Until now, homeowners have had to choose between the twin worlds of
budget-friendly mediocrity and unaffordable fantasy. Responding to this
dilemma... Duo Dickinson demonstrates that a custom house doesn't have to
have a fabulous price tag. In The House You Build, he describes a third
way -- building grounded in the realities of time and money, but focusing on
your fondest hopes and dreams -- and offers 20 architect-designed homes
executed on real-world budgets to support his ideas."
I think the budgets are still a little high for many, but then again,
they're fairly big homes, and custom to an extent, and there are other
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