Buying House Plans Online

The Benefits of Buying Complete House Plans Online

By Mark J. Donovan

Buying house plans online has a number of advantages. First and foremost you can save a small fortune in architect costs. Commissioning an architect to develop custom house plans can cost many thousands of dollars. Often an architect charges a price that is a percentage of the entire cost of the home. Don’t be surprised if an architect hits you up for 2-5% of the total cost of building the home for the custom house plans he generates for you.

Another major advantage of buying house plans online is that there are literally thousands of stock house plans to peruse through and choose from.

Define Your House Requirements First

Buying house plans online can be challenging simply because there are so many to choose from. Consequently it is wise to write down your basic house requirements including, house style, total square footage, the number of floors, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Also, if you want to include a garage and/or basement make a note of these requirements too. From this list you can then narrow down your list of house plans to choose from. All online house plan websites have advanced search features that can aid you in finding the right house plans that meet your basic requirements. Make sure to print out summary house plans that you find meet your criteria so that you can compare them side by side.

When analyzing house plans make sure to take note of the sizes of each room in each house. Then compare the sizes of the rooms to the rooms that you have in your existing room or apartment to better visualize the space in each of the rooms of the house plans. Make sure the size of the house plan rooms meet your needs. Similarly make sure the floor plans of each house plan you’re seriously considering has the open space and hallways you desire.

Once you’ve selected what you believe are your preferred house plans use the online house plan cost calculators to estimate the overall building costs for the home(s) for your area.

Compare Online House Plan Services, Prices and Options

Don’t buy a set of house plans from the first website you visit. Make sure to check out a few of them to see what they have to offer in house plans, services, options, and pricing. In many cases online house plan website companies can provide services for customizing a stock house plan to meet your specific needs. The costs for this service will vary with companies.

You can also buy the house plans “as is”. They are detailed enough to pull permits and to allow a builder to build the home per the blueprints.

If you want to have your own architect make modifications to the house plans you can also order reproducible master drawings that allow your architect to easily modify the house plans to your specific requirements.

So take advantage of buying house plans online. House plan websites offer many more advantages over purchasing house plan magazines at book stores. By shopping online you can see more house plans and not have to pay to look at them, unlike buying the house plan magazines.

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In addition, searching for and comparing house plans online is infinitely easier and more comprehensive.

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