FAQ: What Is The Difference Between Custom vs Stock House Plans?


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Another question that I’m often asked is, “What exactly is a custom house plan?” And custom house plans are just as the name implies.

The house plans are custom drawn to meet your family’s specific needs. You would go in and meet with your local design professional or in some cases a licensed architect in the geographic location close to number one, where you live or number two, where the home would be built.

You then talk to him or her about your specific needs, square footage requirements, design style you’re looking for, exactly where the home is going to be built and a variety of other items.

At that point, you will get a price quote and an estimated timeline, which averages about one to two months to draw off the plans to your specific requirements. From there, there would be a series of meetings and drawing review sessions whereby you would fine-tune your drawings until you got to a point where they were finished and you were happy with the final product.

You would then pay the design professional his or her fee which would typically be from $2000 to $5000 depending on where you live and the level of detail in the plan. Then you could take those plans and build from them.

As a result, the custom design process is normally much more involved and time-consuming than that required for a similar set of stock house plans since your specific requests will need to be integrated into the overall design of the home.

However in some cases, custom house plans may be the only viable option based on your needs, home location, special building conditions, et cetera.

Finally, some of the advantages of custom house plans include the homeowner can get exactly what they want in their home design and secondly, special needs can be addressed in the design.

For example, an extra large garage for the boat, larger than normal master bath, special needs access, et cetera. Some of the disadvantages of custom house plans are that they’re typically much more expensive than stock house plans and secondly, the custom home design process is typically much more time-consuming and requires more time from the homeowner since so many more meetings are required.

Now if you need custom house plans, House Plan Gallery can definitely help you. However we always recommend that you try to find a stock house plan that fits the majority of your needs and then we can easily modify those plans to fit your exact requirements. That’s going to give you the best value for your dollar and get it to you as quickly as possible.

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