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Buying Stock House Plans Online

Stock home plans are of the same quality as a set of custom designed house plans, but are less expensive. This is the primary reason we have seen such a boom in the sales of stock house plans since the mid 1990's. Stock house plans are generally home plan designs the were created for the mass public based on the current trends of the home plan shopper. Building designers gain great knowledge through feedback from builder clients as well as the general public to stay in tune with the market demands. By creating house floor plans that have the essentials of what is required by the public, building designers can continue to make buying house plans affordable to the average working American.

The biggest advantage of stock plans again is the affordability. Unlike custom home designs, stock house plans are a product and not a service. In other words, they are ready for immediate delivery upon ordering. Prices vary among building designers and average around $700.00 for a normal size home plan. The cost is a fraction of what a custom set of house plans would costs which can be several thousand on the low end.

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of websites which offer stock house plans for sale. The choices can be a little overbearing. You have many broker websites offering thousands of plans by many designers and then you have the many designer owned websites with several hundred home designs or less. Most designers offer modification services if you require some changes to the house plans. The cost involved will vary depending on the amount of changes and the method by which the building designer charge for the service. A typical house plan purchase with modification request can be anywhere from $1,200.00 to several thousands of dollars. This depends entirely on the extent of the modifications involved. For those who do not offer modification services, you usually are able to purchase a reproducible set (for minor changes) or the cad electronic files (for more extensive changes) so your local building designer can make those changes for you. In the end, you will have a stock home plan customized to your lifestyle without paying the custom design price. With so many options to maximize buying power of your hard earned money, it seems that stock house plans are here to stay!

In closing, you may consider preparing a list of things you want in your house plans before searching. Examples of the list will include architectural style, square footage, amount of bedrooms, baths, garage stalls, etc. You may also consider adding the builder designer in that list if you like the style of a certain designer. Narrow your search to two or three sites as you will tend to see the same plans on several websites. Do a price comparison for the lowest price. You will usually see lower prices directly from the designers website in most cases. Once this is established you are ready to find your dream home plan. Happy house hunting!

Submitted by:

Kirya Duncan

Kirya Duncan is a Professional Building Besigner and a member of AIBD (American Institute of Building Designers). He specialize in custom home design services and stock house plans. Visit his company website http://www.designevolutions.com to browse his house plan collection and access more house plan related information.


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