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Floor plan of the Horizon House

Floor plan of the Horizon House, a 380-square foot prefab home by InnoVida™.

Image ©InnoVida Holdings, LLC Floorplan of typical cape cod house, modernized with an attached garage.

1950s floor plan of Cape Cod house called Full Pleasure. Photo © Buyenlarge/Getty Images

The prominent chimney makes this house plan more ranch-style.

1950s floor plan and rendering of house called Modette, with a prominent chimney, characteristic of ranch styles.

Photo © Buyenlarge/Getty Images.

Every new home begins with a plan. Some home buyers hire an architect to create a custom design. Others purchase stock plans from a building plans publisher. Which option is right for you? Begin your search by exploring these five options.

Browse Through Catalogs

You will find thousands of stock building plans in hefty catalogs which include floor plans and elevation drawings. If you see a house you like, you can order complete construction drawings.

Surf The Web

Many house plan publishers have Web sites with powerful search engines to help you find plans for the size and style you seek. Here are some favorites.

Go Back In Time

Do you prefer the old, traditional styles? Why not look at the original building plans used in days gone by? These plans won't have the detailed specifications you need to construct your home, but they are a good starting place for recreating historic designs.

Draw Your Own

Even if you can't draw a straight line, you can use easy online tools to draw floor plans and sketch your dream house ideas. Or, if you are handy on a computer, why not invest in a home design software program?

Get Help From Pros

Most homeowners who purchase stock plans find that they need to make a few alterations. Sometimes, the stock plan is merely a starting point for creating an original design. Who do you hire?


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