ARTICLES - Design and Build Affordable House Plans



HOW TO CHOOSE A HOME BUILDER

You'll certainly want to avoid potential pitfalls and prevent your dream home from becoming a disaster. It is very important to spend time thoroughly researching your options. Here's a breakdown of the process...


Home Construction – 15 Reasons Why Being Your Own General Contractor is a Bad Idea

The idea of saving money by being your own general contractor is a myth. Here's why...



Aging-in-Place House Plans – Structural Features for a New Home

An age-in-place house plan (a home in which you live independently for the rest of your life), in order to be successful, requires a design that accommodates the inevitable physical changes which occur when the human body ages. Our homes need to provide better support for those physical and sensory changes that older adults encounter as they age. Whether you are planning a home for an aging parent or you are a member of the baby boomer generation looking ahead, start by considering various design features for your aging-in-place house plan. Read more...


Aging-in-Place House Plans – Custom Details to Consider

For individuals building a home in which they plan to retire and live for the rest of their lives (age in place), the appropriate structural features are not complete without customized specifications and details. To successfully achieve a safe and comfortable environment (a universal design) for your retirement home consider customizing these finish details and products to truly enhance the quality of life. Read more...


Choosing Affordable House Plans on the Internet

House plans on the internet can be very affordable. However, when choosing these affordable house plans, do you know what you really want? As simple as this question may be many people don't really spend enough time on this process. Having a clear sense of your ultimate living requirements can greatly speed up the selection process and narrow down the field of choices from the overwhelming amount of stock plans available on the internet. Read more...


Small Is Great – Choosing Small Home Floor Plans

For future homeowners faced with rising construction material and labor costs along with shrinking budgets, it is now more important than ever to keep building costs down. In addition, LEED for Homes and the National Green Building Standard encourages homes of less than 2,500 square feet. By simplifying lifestyles and striving for more sustainability today the savvy homeowners planning to build a new home are choosing small home floor plans for both economical and practical reasons. Read more...



Cost-Saving Affordable House Plans

Building your dream home yet remaining within a realistic budget can be one of the most challenging aspects of home building. If you build the dream home you really want but can't afford you either don't build or surpass your budget and probably lose your home in the process. At the other spectrum, you may be able to build an inexpensive house but it may not please you at all, thus making you feel as though you just threw away a whole lot of money. Read more...



Site Considerations When Choosing Affordable House Plans

Site conditions play an important role in determining the type of house plan used when building a new home, and ultimately the total costs. Conditions such as topography, vegetation, climate, privacy and views all impact both the floor plan layout and structural levels of the proposed residence. Not paying attention to these features can significantly increase the overall construction budget or, at the very least, result in missed opportunities. Read more...



House Plans in 3D – The Easy Way to Choose

In your search for house plans for your future home, perhaps you've spend many hours over long periods of time staring at countless squiggly lines, back and forth, back and forth, from one plan to another. And after all is said and done, and you think you've found the ideal floor plan, do you really know what it's going to look like when it's finally built? Can you make the transition from the printed floor plan to a picture in your mind of the shapes and forms? Are you able to see the 2-dimensional floor plan in 3D? Read more...



The Economy of Wood – Cost Saving Construction

During the heyday of past building booms, of easy credit and plentiful jobs, being thrifty wasn't so important. Times have certainly changed resulting in the need to revisit efficient and economical construction methods and materials. Our affordable house plans utilize the cost-effective grid system layout for all of our construction drawings. This allows the cost-conscious homeowner to achieve significant savings during their building project, thus making our affordable house plans truly easy on the pocket. Read more...


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