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Modifications & Customization of House Plans
The House Designers are a group of leading architects and designers, who have had several hundred thousand homes built from their plans. A good number of these plans were custom homes built from the very same stock plan designs shown on this website. One thing about all these plans is that almost everyone made changes to the plan while building their home.
The following is intended to walk you through that process of making changes or customizing the home design to suit your specific needs and requirements, whether that be issues about your lot, special requirements of your locality or just personal preferences.
If you want to build the design in reverse – that’s no problem! Mirror prints, where the plan is printed in reverse are available from every architect and designer of The House Designers. Some firms provide fully reversed plans, where even the lettering reads directly, but in most cases the lettering will be reversed so you still need to order basic sets of the plans where the lettering is easier to read. For further information check the Plan Packages information by selecting the View Pricing Options button on the page for the particular plan you are interested in.
Red-lining is by far the most common way to make changes to blueprints. It is also the simplest and least expensive. Although our industry uses the word "blueprints" this is a holdover from days past. All the plans used today for construction are printed on white paper with black or blue line lettering. Because of this fact notations are easily made on these prints. They can be made by pen, pencil or a red line pencil, which stands out clearly, — hence the term "red-lining".
Red-lining is not suitable for major changes, but is suited for the vast majority of changes, such as:
If you plan on making major changes than you’ll want to consider purchasing a reproducible. All members of The House Designers provide these; again please see the View Prices link on the page for the specific plan you are considering. The reproducible allows an experienced local draftsperson to add, erase or draw involved changes to any plan. Reproducibles are also extremely helpful where local engineering or code modifications are required. Changes that may be made with our reproducibles are as follows:
Some of our architects and designers also make available CAD files for use in modifying plans. These are the electronic files that contain all the information on your blueprints. See the View Prices link on the particular plan. Special restrictions may apply to the use of CAD files so check with the specific firm. Direct 800 phone numbers for each firm can be found on the Contact Us page.
If you prefer you may be able to use the original architect or designer, of the home you have chosen to build, to make changes to customize the plan for you. A number of firms do offer customization of their plans. Even if the designer of the plan you are interested in does not offer to provide customized plans, do not hesitate to call them (see Contact Us), as they may have a plan in their extensive collection that already includes the changes you are considering. Remember each of the architects and designers in The House Designers are committed to helping you obtain your dream home and will steer you in the right direction to help you achieve that dream.