I encourage “not-so-big” home design principles as a minimum consideration, focusing on smaller homes with quality amenities. I also focus on affordability and the trade offs to consider when designing your own house. Although I am not a proponent of “off the shelf” plans, they are often a good starting place and, with appropriate modifications to meet your needs and building lot, offer an affordable alternative to complete custom design.
I have gathered many sources for great home building plans as well as a few good designers that will reasonably modify existing plans or collaborate on a custom design. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs and sources for a plan that is appropriate for you.