We often get asked for a list of our stock floor plans. While we have a number plans to choose from, most of our clients choose to draw up a plan from scratch. Creating a custom floor plan with an architect and choosing a stock floor plan each have their own set of pros and cons. The decision between the two depends on your specific needs, preferences, budget, and timeline. Here's a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of both options:
Custom Floor Plan with our Architect:
Tailored to Your Needs: A custom floor plan allows you to design a home that perfectly suits your lifestyle, preferences, and specific requirements.
Unique Design: You'll have a one-of-a-kind home that reflects your personality and vision, potentially increasing its resale value.
Optimized Space: An architect can help you maximize space efficiency and flow, ensuring every square foot is used effectively.
Incorporates Future Needs: You can design the house with future changes in mind, such as potential expansions or additions.
High-Quality Design: Architects have expertise in creating functional and aesthetically pleasing designs, enhancing the overall quality of your home.
Cost: Custom designs can be more a little expensive due to the architect's fees, but we've found most stock plans need to be modified to meet the needs of the homeowner which accuses cost anyway.
Takes Time: The design process, including revisions and approvals, can extend the project timeline.
Complexity: Custom designs require careful consideration and decision-making, which can be overwhelming for some homeowners.
Stock Floor Plan:
Cost-Effective: Stock floor plans are generally more budget-friendly, as the design work has already been completed- if structural changes do not need to be made
Quick Start: Choosing a stock plan can expedite the construction process since the design is ready to go.
Proven Design: Stock plans are often based on popular and functional layouts, minimizing the risk of design flaws.
Predictable Costs: With a pre-designed plan, you can better estimate construction costs and avoid unexpected expenses.
Limited Customization: Stock plans may not fully align with your specific needs or preferences, leading to compromises.
Less Unique: Your home may resemble other houses built from the same stock plan, potentially affecting resale value.
Space Constraints: Stock plans may not optimize space as effectively as a custom design, resulting in less efficient layouts.
Functional Limitations: Certain features or room placements may not be available in stock plans.
Less Personalization: You won't have the same level of creative input compared to a custom design.
In summary, choosing between a custom floor plan with our architect and one of our stock floor plan depends on factors such as budget, timeline, desired level of customization, and your willingness to be involved in the design process. Custom designs offer more flexibility and uniqueness, while stock plans provide quicker construction starts. It's essential to weigh these pros and cons against your priorities to make an informed decision. In the end, most of our clients choose to draw up their own plans. The beauty of a custom floor plan is that it’s created to your specifications so you can get EXACTLY what you want. A custom floor plan is drawn FOR you and WITH you.