Designing a House with an Architect
It doesn't cost a lot of money for us to design you a home. While we can design ,000,000 homes (and have done so on many occasions) most of our clients Have Small Simple House Plans and are just the average everyday person, fairly simple and straight forward.
An Architect will take your wants and needs and design a house that will give you the house of your dreams no matter what the house size. Whether you start will a plan on the website, or something you've drawn up on a scrap piece of paper, we can give you a great house at minimal costs.
We can design the cabinets in your house, along with the electrical, lighting, and roof plans, and site plans.
The Costs of House Plans Construction Drawings is based on the amount of drawing time, which is related to the number of drawings you need, and the Square Footage of the House. In most areas, to get a Building Permit, you need Floor Plans, Foundation or Basement Plans, 4 Elevations, a Wall Section and a Site Plan. As an Example of Costs For a Simple "Rectangular " single floor 2000 square foot House, on a crawl space foundation, the costs may be as low as
5 First Floor Plan
5 Crawl Space / Foundation Plan
5 for 4 Elevations
The cost for other types of drawings not needed for Building Permits, include
Custom Cabinet Drawings (per cabinet)
Light Plan (per floor)
Electric Plan (per floor)
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6 Bedroom 1 Level Houses
The Largest of the French Country single floor homes, this house has 6 bedrooms when including the Apartment above the 4 car garage, with 10,0000 overall square feet when including the basement, large covered porch in the rear, and a Motor Court around the garage.
6 Bedroom 2 Level Houses
A huge 2 story luxury house plan, which can have over 11,000 square feet if you include the basement plan. This has a 4 bedroom, 5 bedroom and 6 bedroom versions. This home has a very large Main Floor Master Bedroom Suite, 3 Staircases, a 2 Story Great Room-Kitchen-Breakfast area, Butlers Pantry, 2 Story Terrace in Rear. There are a pair of 2 car garages (4 car spaces), a Motor Court, Elevator, and an In-Law Suite for an Elderly family member who want separation in the house
4 Bedroom 2 Level Houses
A Tudor Style Four BR house with a large 1st floor Master Suite, and 2 story Great Room, Den, large Kitchen and Laundry Areas, with Lockers in the Mud Room. Each Bedroom has a walk-in closet and it's own private bathroom. The basement also has a Forced Well, which allows sliding glass door in the basement below the deck, even though the basement is below grade. That allows a lot of light in what normally would be a dark space.
This is a large colonial 4 Bedroom home with a huge master suite, circular stairs and rotunda at the entrance, and a 4 car garage. There is a 5 bedroom version of the home.
3 Bedroom 2 Level Houses
Interior Photos of the House A small Split Level House that lives big. The Great Room-Kitchen- Dining Room has 14 foot peak cathedral ceilings that overlook into the 14 tall Master Bedroom. A 12 foot and 8 foot sliding glass door creates an open feel to the Screen Porch, which is extended Living Space not counted on the overall Square Footage. You can put a lot of people in the small house.
Interior Photos of the House A small Split Level House Lives that lives large. has The 14 foot cathedral ceiling Great Room-Dining-Kitchen is 38 ft x 28 with a 12 foot sliding glass door opening on to a 28 foot by 18 foot covered deck. 1 Bedroom on the Main Level and 2 Bedrooms on the Lower Level with a 22 foot by 38 foot Rec Room.
At over 100 feet wide this Mid size Split Level House Prairie Style home looks huge from the street. It has 3 Bedrooms on the Main Level and 2 Bedrooms on the Lower Level along with an Office on the Lower Level. The large Great Room connects to a 400 sq ft Screen Porch.
A very long Prairie style house plans with a garage wing, screen porch wing, Great Room wing, and Bedroom wing. The sprawling nature of the house makes it look much larger than it's moderate size. With the addition of the Lower Level, There is a lot of space in this house.
A small Split Level Prairie Style with an open concept Great Room, 2 Sliding Glass doors onto 2 separate decks. The Main Level is 7 feet above Grade, while the lower level is 2 feet below grade, which allow for full size windows in the lower level.
A Mid size Split Level House has 3 Bedrooms on the Main Level and 2 Bedrooms on the Lower Level along with an Office on the Lower Level. The large Great Room connects to a Screen Porch. This is a medium size house that lives very large.
A Medium Size Split Level House, which was designed for a corner lot. There are 2 Main "Faces" of the house. The screen porch sits on top of the garage, and gives a view of the neighborhood.
A Mid size Split Level Open Floor Plan House has 3 Bedrooms on the Main Level and 2 Bedrooms on the Lower Level. There is a Multi Story Den near the Entry. The tall cathedral ceilings and open plan along with the 16 foot sliding glass door open to the covered porch makes this house seem so huge for the moderate size.
A Large Victorian Gothic 3 Bedroom house with lots of goodies. A large circular stair takes you up to the Second Floor, which entirely overlooks the 1st floor. The Basement houses 3 large Recreation Rooms, a Theater, a Bar, and 2 more Bedrooms. An elegant way to live.
3 Bedroom 1 Level Houses
This French Country three bedroom Home plan has a pergola entrance, 16 foot tall ceiling in the central core (Great Room –Kitchen-Dining) that is 17 feet wide and 50 feet long. This home also has a huge Master Suite (15 feet by 35 feet). The garage is in the basement. An elegant single floor home.
2 Bedroom 1 Level Houses
A Very large (3000 Square Foot) Prairie Style House Plan with an Open two Bedroom Floor Plan around the Great Room. It has a Large Master Bedroom Suite, 3 Car Garage, and Terraces off all Major Areas of the House. With 2 Bedrooms in the Basement, this has nearly 6000 square Feet of Space, 4 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. Not too bad for a 2 bedroom house.
A two Bedroom one Story Rustic Craftsman Bungalow style house, this house has a large front porch, 10 foot tall ceilings, large Kitchen, and a Sun Room on the rear of the house. There are 3 Bathrooms, a Locker Area in the Mud Room, and a 3 Car Garage.
A very small Split Level home with an open concept Great Room-Kitchen-Dining encompass the entire 1st Floor. A 12 foot Sliding Glass Opens onto a large screened in porch which sits on top of the garage. This creates a large open feel for such a small house. The bedrooms are in the lower level, 2 feet below grade which allows for full size windows. A large amount of living space for such a small footprint.
Article: How to Design a Home to Look Larger than Your Neighbor for Minimal Expense
As an Architect in designing homes for new clients, when they first come to me they have standard tastes you would see from any house you would see in any neighborhood. What I try to do is to expand their architectural vocabulary and be bold in what their trying to do, without spending a lot more money. Part of that is to make their house look bigger from the street and live bigger inside. You can get a lot of “wow” factor if try some simple things in your home design
1. Make your house longer, not square--Most people want to make their houses more square in design, in the preconceived notion of saving costs. While this may be overall true, it also makes your house very small looking (and boring). For a 2500 square foot house instead of designing it 50 foot by 50 foot, make your house longer like 75 foot long by 33 wide. To see an example You’d be surprised how much more elegant and more expensive it looks for not that much more money. It also gives you a bonus of giving windows into almost every room in your home, giving light and visual space to them
2. Use lots of repetitive windows. By using the same window size over and over in a long pattern, it’ll make the house seem longer. And these don’t need to be operable windows. Fixed windows are less expensive the operable windows. Hopefully this will help you in your house design
3. Use the Split level home concept. he split level home was more prevalent in the 1960’s than it is today, but it has a lot of advantages it you modernize it. First, in most areas of the northern part of the country, you need at least a 30” or deeper footing to get below the local frost line. Well, let that be the staring point of your basement (or as I like to call it, the Lower Level). That means the Lower Level is 2 feet below grade, which means you can have full size windows. The Lower Level foundation wall is 30” tall, the rest of the wall height can be wood (whether 8’ or 9’ tall) if you want to see an example If you use 8’ tall lower level (to reduce costs) there is a design I like to use to eliminate bulkheads for HVAC, incorporate them in a floor truss system. I love to use 16’’ high floor trusses, 24” on center, and keeping the trusses in the same orientation throughout the house. It give plenty of space for the HVAC ducts. If you need space for the HVAC to “step over” each other, do that in the mechanical room.4. With the split level home, The 2nd Floor is the “Main Level"” it anywhere from 8 to 9 feet above grade, not only giving it a commanding view of the property all around, it also looks like a 2 story building, for a 1 story price. You can leave windows open at night because they are 10 feet above grade. You have a lot of visual privacy because people on the street don’t have a direct view into the house from the street. To See an example of this When you sit down They can’t see you, even with tons of windows. On the Main Level I love to use vaulted roof trusses to give more visual height in the rooms.
5. Use wide overhangs. Wide overhangs were more prevalent during the Prairie House period This may seem strange, but wide overhangs (like 4’ wide) make you house look bigger both inside and outside. I stated above, I love vaulted roof trusses. I start with an 8’ tall wall (rather than 9’). With a 4 foot overhang and vaulted roof trusses, the wall height on the inside is now 10’, with the ceiling peak at 15’. This is because the roof started going up further away from the exterior wall. I’m getting 10 to 15 foot ceilings for an 8 foot tall wall price. The wide overhangs also help in summer, by shielding the windows in shade, keeping direct sunlight outside.
6. Incorporate decks and screen porches into the design.
Don’t make decks and screen porches an afterthought, but incorporate them into the design, that is, put brick or siding on them, put a roof over them, and make the openings look like windows, but don’t put in the glass. And consider putting them on the front of the house, not the rear. I designed a house for my parents which was 1300 square feet on the Main Level but added the screen porch on the front of the house. The house was 72 feet long in the front (24’ screen porch, 16’ Great Room, 8’ Entry, 24’ Garage) and it looks huge., The Screen Porch is finished in moisture resistant drywall, so it feels like any other room in the house, (it has vaulted ceilings) but it’s not heated or cooled. It is the most lived in space of the home. Having the screen porch or deck on the front of the home gives more community with your neighbors, while it can give you more privacy. On my home, the deck has a solid wall from grade to 42” above the floor. This gives visual privacy when sitting down but I can converse with then neighbors when standing up (42” is also leaning height for your elbows). As a bonus, with the split level home, the space below the deck (since it has siding and the floor 7’ above grade) I have a 18 wide 28 foot long shed below the deck for lawn mowers, bikes, tools, which I don’t have to keep in the garage.
7. Downplay the garage. There’s nothing visually pleasing about a garage. The most important rooms of the home (Great Room, Dining Room, maybe the Screen Porch) should have the most visual presence on your home. Having a monster 24 foot by 36 foot garage sticking out the front of you house is not visually pleasing. Set it back from the front of the home, and if you can, put toward the rear of the house. Use a side entry on the garage doors if you can. And put lots of normal windows like the rest of the house. Try to make it look like any other room from the street. By down playing the garage and making look like another room on your home, it’ll make your house seem bigger when it really isn’t.