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faith

02:59PM | 10/17/02
Member Since: 10/16/02
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We are going be be building a home. Any feedback on websites to help us draw up a preliminary floorplan before we take it to an architect or builder. We would like the master bedroom on the first floor and remaining bedrooms upstairs. It's been very difficult to find floorplans to fit our needs. Thanks, Faith

LDoyle

04:45PM | 10/18/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
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Know what you are going through. We did much the same thing only to discover that our 'designer' is a budding artist who wants to design the 'greatest house ever'. His first result was so far from our floor plans that we gave him that we about fired him right then. Have struggled through with him. He is young & eager but had no idea what the accessibility requirements we required (hey, we're retired and plan to age a long time in this house). Anyway, check out the differences in prices from a 'Designer' vs a certified architect. Sometimes you can locate a 'Designer/Builder' who will do it all and the plans come in at a low price. We bought lots of booklets with plans for our main reviews. Found the web sites too hard to look at for long. Here is one such site: http://www.store.homestyles.com/

LDoyle

04:55PM | 10/18/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
PS: Time to start researching EVERYTHING (from building materials to door knobs). You will want to specify what you want rather than allow a builder to put in what ever they want. You tend to end up with 'contractor grade' products (read cheap) if you allow them to select.

rpxlpx

03:46AM | 10/21/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
LDoyle is right. You should select your windows, doors, bricks, paint, wallpaper, carpet, light fixtures, cabinets, apliances, bathtub, plumbing fixtures, heating/cooling system, water heater, .....

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited October 21, 2002).]

LDoyle

07:49AM | 10/29/02
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Hi Again Faith, Just thought I would pass along a recommendation for a good, down-to-earth book you may want to get. It's called "Build It Right" and is available thru http://www.userfriendlyhome.com. I think it was only about $18-$20 and is worth every cent. It's mostly common sense things about which way doors ought to swing, where light switches should be, various layouts, etc. Made us relook at several features in our plans that needed to be changed.

Piffin

04:16PM | 11/07/02
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
You can find Broderbunds 3D Home Architect for under forty bucks as a fairly easy to learn software for residencial design to get started with. It's the junior version of Chief Architect.
I use another program but I've heard good things about this one for the price.

The point about choosing and specifying items is a good one but the criticism of contractors grade items is not universally valid. In my experience, homeowners are more likely to go to Home Depot and choose cheaper garbge than I would put into a home I am building for them.

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