FULLY CUSTOM HOUSE PLANS

DESIGN YOUR HOME IN AS LITTLE AS 2 WEEKS

Building your own home can be a daunting task full of confusion and uncertainty. Sometimes it seems like you only have two options: look through thousands of house plans online that aren't quite right or contract an expensive architect for custom drawings. 

Well, what if we told you there was a third option. A sweet spot. We are here to partner with you through the process to make it as painless as possible. Dare we say, maybe even fun?

How it Works:

Free 15-30 minute Introductory Phone Call:

We'll connect for a free phone call where you can share where you are at in the process and exactly what you are looking for. If you choose to proceed we will forward a contract and invoice for the 50% down payment.

This is the time to share any of your inspiration or desires:

Hand Sketches, Example Plans, Real Estate Listings, Pinterest Boards, etc. 

Session 1: Concept Plan

We will get started immediately. It typically takes us about 5 working days (depending on how large / complex the house is) to put together a first draft which we will share with you via e-mail. Subsequent drafts are returned within 2 working days. Once you've reviewed, we will have a live screen share session to make real-time edits based on your feedback.

Session 2: 50% Design

After the first session we will deliver you a 50% design set to review before session 2 which is all about refining the design. During session 2 we will show you your home live in 3D as we compare different design options for your to visualize. 

Session 3: 90% Design

After session 2, we will deliver the 90% drawing set to make final comments on before we wrap up the design process. This session is primarily focused on materials and visuals. You get to watch the live render of the house as we swap between different materials.

If you aren't ready to sign off on the home design then don't worry! We can always accommodate extra design sessions for $500/ea.

Deliverables: Final Drawings & Visuals

After you've signed off on the 90% design we will complete the construction drawings and visualizations within 2 working days.  (Note: we release the final deliverables upon final 50% payment).

CUSTOM HOME DESIGN F.A.Q.

What does a session consist of?

It's a schedule 60 minute screen-share. (we can also take feedback via e-mail or phone call if preferred)

You should come prepared with feedback (specific or general) that you want to work through. It's your hour so you can direct how you want to spend it.

Our designer will be ready with the 3D model of your home and will actively make some changes live on screen so you can compare and contrast options. (Some changes may be too time consuming so we will take note of them and complete them afterwards). Feel free to ask questions anytime. Our designer can use their experience to help improve your ideas and ensure that they're all code compatible, affordable and easily constructable!

Some examples of feedback & edits:

- Room layouts

- Ceiling heights

- Stair layouts

- Roof pitches, eaves, and layouts

- Move / flip doors & windows

- Exterior materials

- Furniture fit/layout

- Lighting layout

- Porches & patios

- Exterior design details

How soon can I schedule the review sessions?

Once you've received the first draft, we'll contact you with a calendar invite to choose what times work best for you and your family. It can be as soon as the next day or whenever you have availability.

We operate 7am-9pm (EST) Monday-Saturday so there's plenty of choice and flexibility to suit your schedule.

How far apart are the sessions scheduled?

It's up to you! Some people schedule them each the next day and have their plans done in less than 2 weeks, while others like to digest their ideas more and schedule them months apart. It really depends on your pace and when you're looking to build.

We recommend a nice balanced weekly schedule so you have your custom house plans in a month but get enough time to think through your feedback between each session.

What happens if I want to make edits after the process is complete?

No problem! This occasionally happens for a few reason:

1. Land zoning / building permit review requires site specific adjustments

2. Forgot something or thought about changing something after the fact

3. Bids come in too far over budget and need to simplify the design.

Additional edit sessions can be scheduled for $500/each. In these cases, we should be able to take care of all of your edits in a single session.

What Code & Engineering is Included?

Note that plans will be delivered conforming prescriptively to the current year International Residential Code (IRC) which is the most widely adopted building code nationwide.

Roof Framing: Stick Framing (sized per IRC) (can be superseded by manufactured truss drawings, where applicable)

Floor Framing: Plywood Web I-Joists (per specific manufacturer)

Window/Door Headers: Nominal lumber (sized per IRC)

Ceilings joists /rafter ties: Nominal Lumber (sized per IRC)

Foundation footing sizes (Sized per IRC)

Note:

-We do not size beams.

-We do not create framing plans.

-We do not create brace wall diagrams.

In many cases these are not required but if your jurisdiction or lumber yard will require any of these. Then you may need to budget for a structural engineer. We are happy to provide resources on finding one affordably and will collaborate with them to get their beam sizing added to the plans where necessary.

How does shipping work?

Our plans are all digital files, delivered electronically within 2 working days of our final design session.

If necessary we can help arrange to have plan sets printed at your local FedEx print shop for pickup or mail delivery. (Usually costs about $50/set)

Do you accept returns?

All of our custom plans offer a minimum of 3 iterative design sessions for you to provide any feedback to get exactly what you want.

For this reason we cannot offer returns or credit for our custom home design services. All custom plan sales are final even if you decide not to build.

When will my card be charged?

We require 50% upfront and the final 50% before delivery of the final construction documents.

What's Not Included?

1.) Anything not shown on the construction documents is not part of the scope of any of the packages.

For example: We will show some things in the model for the purpose of visualization (furniture, landscaping, topography, interior finishes, trim profiles, etc.) but we do not change these because they are not part of the construction documents.

2.) Site plans. We don't design site plans but we can point you in the direction of a few options that are very affordable.

3.) Engineering. Due to the site specific nature of engineering, we design our custom plans to the International Residential Code (IRC) but your location or design may need addition engineering by a locally licensed structural engineer. We are happy to provide resources for finding and hiring an engineer (if needed) and will coordinate with them by sharing CAD or 3D models as needed.

4.) Architectural stamps. If your location requires an Architect's stamp we are happy to provide resources for finding and hiring an one to affordably provide the final review and stamp.

Does it matter how large or small the house is?

No! All our packages are priced as a fixed price whether you are designing a 500sf cabin or a 15,000sf mansion.

Can I get the 3D model of the house plan?

Yes! We work in Autodesk Revit but will not release the 3D Revit file because our format is proprietary. But we are happy to export the model to any compatible format (3D DWG, Sketchup, IFC, etc.)

I have a Barndominium Project

We can help layout the interiors of your barndominium and help you visualize the extire project with our more affordable Barndominium Layout Service.

I have additional questions.

Please contact us anytime at Hello@BoutiqueHomePlans.com or call us at 800.577.0345 (call or text).

You will be put directly in contact with our designer.

  • Flexible Scheduling

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    We're ready to start as soon as you are! All plan revisions delivered within 2 working days. Get what you need faster than the competition.

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