If you were to go to Google and type in “House Plans” in the search browser you would receive over 156,000,000 hits in under a second. Even if a small fraction of these are relevant to what you are looking for, this still leaves a plethora of websites which have fully designed house plans available for purchase. The majority of these sites are large collections of house plans designed by various architects who have sold the plans to these websites for the resale to the general public. The architect in turn receives a small commission on each set of plans that is sold. The idea is simple: draw a set once, but get paid for it multiple times. Sounds good in principle, but let us see if it holds up under scrutiny.
1. Does it pay to hire an architect?
You could just as soon ask if buying a tailored suit will fit you better than a generic one. Of course hiring an architect will yield a better product which fits your exact needs and wants. An architect’s job is not just to draw pictures of floor plans and houses, but to communicate with their client to create from scratch a realm in which the client can live and grow and fits their needs. Often clients do not have a clear view of what they want and it is the job of an architect to interpret their foggy requests and turn it into a crystal clear vision! This is what separates the good architect from the great. barn conversion essex So to answer the initial question, Yes, Hiring an architect will provide you with a better set of plans, which you can be assured is unique and honed to your life.
2. But it is still cheaper to buy plans online, right?
The simple answer is yes. A set of plans purchased online will range in cost depending on the elaborateness of the plan, the size of the home and the architect who designed it. Some websites charge by the square foot, others use different formula to determine how much to charge for their house plans. In addition, different websites offer different types of plan sets, but this article will discuss those difference later. For the time being it is reasonable to suggest that you would paying about $1,000.00 for plans for an 1,800 square foot home if you purchased them online. To hire an architect would cost much more.
3. What additional costs might I incur after buying a set of plans online?
The most common cost is when the owner decides that they want to make a few small changes to the plans which they have purchased. Many would-be “Do-it-yourselfers” will attempt to make these changes themselves, after all, how hard can it be to add a closet and change the pitch of the roof? They’re just lines on paper. Well, after you take into consideration that altering any part of a building, however small also means altering the foundation and framing plans and possibly the exterior look of the house, most will come to the conclusion, several frustrating hours later, that they are in over their head. At which time it is time to hire an architect to make the changes for them. So we’ve come full circle… In addition there are other possible changes that might be required to be made before the house is “buildable” on your lot.