Before and about 15 years ago, looking and searching the web was not the norm. Back then people simply searched the local yellow pages and called an architect under the architect’s listing or where referred to an architect by their friends, family or neighborhoods. For the past 14 years till now, the trend of people is to buy their house plans on the internet or have it custom designed exclusively by an architect they found off the internet search engines.
As a result, the internet has been the starting point for most homeowners to find their house plans of their dreams by visiting the thousands and thousands of home plan sites that sell house plans. In the effect, there are two kinds of companies that sell home plans on the internet. One group is the architects/designers that created their designs and sell them on the web (like our company, a registered architectural firm here in Atlanta, GA and our website http://www.boyehomeplans.com and other architects around the USA). The other group of companies is simply brokers of these architect’s house plans. Both processes of searching for house plans have served the public very well and has supplied the needs of homeowners in the single family real estate marketplace.
So we have it! Hundreds of thousands of house plans to choose from in cyberspace and usually it takes on the average months and months to find plans. People have to re-think how they search and buy house plans. Also, how can people that are starting or have been burned out looking for house plans be helped?
The following are our tips you need to know before or during your searching for your house plans. These tips would enable you to connect your vision/image of your dream home in your mind/heart with finding the perfect house plan of your dreams you love quickly and efficiently without wasting your time. Also, in-decisions can extend your search time.
1. Know how much you want to spend on your house plan.
2. Know the exact size & square footage of house you can afford.
3. Know how many bedrooms, number of baths you need.
4. Know how width and depth of the house that will fit on your lot.
5. Know the style of architecture (is it French country, European or Victorian) you want and exterior finishes (is it siding, brick or stucco with stone accents).
6. Know whether you want your master bed room on the main floor or upstairs.
7. Know whether your lot will allow a basement foundation, crawl space or slab.
8. Know whether you need to incorporate an energy saving measures.
9. Once you have all these above listed program information about your house, you need to know how to navigate these home plan sites efficiently and effectively.
10. Make sure you email or call the home plan company or architect immediately after you have found about 3 to 5 house plan options that match the requirements of your dream home. We recommend in about a month while the vision of your lovely dram home is still hot in your mind!
11. Give the architect or home plan company all your home design criteria listed above. “I typically engage my client’s vision by asking them series of questions from our firm’s “CUSTOM HOME DESIGN-CLIENT QUESTIONNAIRE”
12. Ask the architect or home plan company as many questions as you can because you are actually in a shop (on the web) buying house plans! If you can’t find the exact plan, ask if they can do plan modifications or elevation modifications to fit your style, plan needs, site needs or budget needs. Also, ask how much it will cost to customize one of your plan choices or all of your options.
13. Think of the house plan buying process on the web like you are at a retailer’s shop, a car dealer or at the mall buying a product. Of course you want to know exactly all the specifications of the product before you buy it so you are sure the product meets your needs!
14. At this point, you have now ready to make an informed decision on the house plan of your dreams. You are now ready to choose. Good luck!
For more information and additional Home Design Tips to Know before You Build,Contact Your Luxury Home Design Expert, Architect Boye Akinola, AIA at boyeakinola@
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Since 1993 at 30 years of age, one Atlanta Architect has been in the fore front of this trend and is proud to make a difference in designing luxury homes for the rich and famous in Atlanta and the rest of the Nation. Architect Boye’s name has been synonymous with creative, innovative, profitable and visionary luxury residential, commercial architecture in Atlanta, the national and global real estate market place. Boye and his award-winning Atlanta firm, Boye Architecture, Inc. (formerly bA Design) & http://www.boyehomeplans.com are recognized for their unique brand of visionary commercial and residential design, innovative and technologically superior construction drawings and cost effective project management. Some of Architect Boye’s homes have been featured on national TV on shows like MTV Cribs, popular Bravo’ reality show-Atlanta Real House Wives, Fine Living TV, and on print media in the Home Finder-Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Atlanta Business Chronicle to name a few.