Stock house plans are of the same quality as a set of custom home designs, but are less expensive. This is the primary reason why the selling of stock plans is here to stay. These plans are generally home plan designs the were created for the mass public based on current trends in the housing market. Building designers obtain a great deal of knowledge through feedback from home 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, designers can continue to make buying house plans affordable to the average working American.
The biggest advantage of stock plans again is that they are reasonability priced for many people to afford. 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 home plan construction package (5 sets minimum). The price is a fraction of what the actual home plan design fees would be for using the profesional design services of a residential architect or building designer. Custom home design fees can range from several thousand on the low end and quickly go up from there to tens of thousands on larger homes. Building designers and residential architects can charge anywhere from $1.50 per square foot to a 10 or 15 precent fee of construction cost for custom design work. This ultimately depends on the type of services you are asking for.
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 (i.e. the average houseplans price of $700 with $500 in modification fees) 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!
Before you buy home plans, 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 building designer in that list if you like the designer's style. Narrow your search to two or three sites as you will tend to see the same plans on across 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!