Managing home building costs is an important aspect of the do-it-yourself home building process, especially in light of affordable housing concerns in today’s market. The ability to save money and build instant equity is one of the primary concerns of most owner builders. This is very doable – first by eliminating the general contractor fees, and also by using careful money management practices. [Read more…]
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.