How to Customize a Home Plan

How to Modify a Stock Plan

Often a plan is close to what you want, but you may find you need a bit more space in a room or perhaps the entry should be on another side of the house. Our plans are unique in that you have the right to make copies (for one project) and modify these to your particular needs. You can do this yourself or take your ideas to a local home designer, engineer or architect. 

When your changes involve something simple, like moving non-bearing interior walls or changing the door and window layouts, you can probably do these yourself. Some people finalize such changes when they have the main floor platform built and can lay out the walls and window locations full sized on the platform.

Often you can lay a sheet of tracing paper over a copy of the floor plan and draw in your modifications on the scaled plan. Sometimes lengthening or shortening the plan can be done by snipping two copies of the layout and overlapping to get the right dimensions. Make a copy of your modified new plan to work from.

If your changes are more structural, such as making the house wider, you may need some local help with these modifications. We do not do this customization work and it is best to use someone who knows your local codes and construction techniques. Look under drafting or building designers in the yellow pages or ask for a referral from a local lumber yard as builders need to make plan modifications all the time.

Here is additional information about code and permit issues:

Hope this helps.

John Raabe

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