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-Style of home (Colonial, Ranch, Mediterranean, Cape Cod, etc.) -Square footage -Number of bedrooms -Number of bathrooms -Garage -Type of foundation
While it is unlikely that a plan will be just what you were looking for (though you never know), you may find one that is generally suitable if some modifications can be made to match your specific requirements. For an additional fee, company will allow you to present written alterations to existing plan. These changes will then be presented to a staff architect who will incorporate modifications as requested.
Common modifications include:
-Changing foundation -Adding or enlarging a garage -Reconfiguring a bathroom or kitchen -Adding to or reducing size of rooms
Typically, you can make changes right on house plan. Written explanations are requested along with design to insure accuracy. The altered plans are then submitted and an estimate is prepared by design firm and returned to customer. Once satisfied, customer will receive a complete set of blueprints to forward to builder.
While you may not be able to claim that you personally designed your own home, you will have satisfaction of knowing that finished product has your personal touch. And you will be able to afford a few more amenities with money you saved on an expensive architect.
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