Stock or Custom Plans
How much research do you do on the house plan you have selected before you commit to the building process that’s
going to cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars? With stock plans from the internet, you can’t even see the whole project you are purchasing until you have bought it. Then it is non-refundable. Typically there is no technical support from the designer. This can leave you confused, unsure and perplexed. If you have a question, there is no one to help guide you and give you the critical answer that you need. This could unexpectedly cost you thousands of dollars to have an engineer solve the issue!
You would not buy a vehicle by looking at just a picture, would you? Absolutely not! You would check Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, or Consumer Reports to understand reliability and pricing. Then you would test-drive the vehicle to see how it handles and performs. Mainly to find out if it matches your expectations.
The problem is that buying a house plan isn’t like buying a vehicle; because you can’t test drive the plan (house) until after it’s built (then it’s too late)….or can you?
It is difficult for most people to read the technical drawings, and visualize how the house will look and feel once it
before it’s ever built. We can take you on a test-drive of your home & plan. With our state of the art 3d computer software, videos and 3d models allow you to explore the home with us and on your own. This way can you to live in your virtual house before you live in your home. We take you through tours of your home during the design process. You will understand what you are getting in your new home and have our support answering questions throughout the building process.
The internet plan companies boast how much money you can save buying pre-drawn plans.
Best Value or Lowest price?
Are you looking for the best value or the lowest price? They are far from the same. See the examples below.
Typical fees associated with home construction.
It is not unusual for a realty company to charge a 5% -6% commission fee.
That would be $15000.00 for a $300,000.00 home. Most people do not know precisely what they do but still, pay their commission.
Loan origination fees. They are typically 1-2% of the loan amount just to loan you the money.
That is $4500.00 at 1-1/2% of a $300,000.00 loan or $9000.00 on a $600,000.00 loan.
Our custom home design is typically 2% to 5% of the construction cost. Compared to the fees listed above it’s a small price to pay to get what you want in a home with the peace of mind in knowing it is done correctly. We believe that is value.
You may be able to buy an online plan or plans by a draftsman at bargain-basement pricing, Just add in a few thousand dollars to bring it up to code and the engineer’s fee. Then the home still may not be exactly what you were expecting. Is that value or just the cheapest price?
Look at the entire picture. Do you think the building plans that are the most essential part of building a house is worth less than the other associated fees? Remember the working drawings are the instructions of how to build your dream home.