But what if your lot is on the north side? All that living space, all that glass, isn’t going to get any direct sunlight at all. Or worse, your lot faces east, and the afternoon sun pours through that wall of west facing glass like a blast furnace – heating up the house and fading the furniture and carpeting.
The simple answer is yes. A set of plans purchased online will range in cost depending on the elaborateness of the plan, the size of the home and the architect who designed it. Some websites charge by the square foot, others use different formula to determine how much to charge for their house plans. In addition, different websites offer different types of plan sets, but this article will discuss those difference later. For the time being it is reasonable to suggest that you would paying about $1,000.00 for plans for an 1,800 square foot home if you purchased them online. To hire an architect would cost much more.
You could just as soon ask if buying a tailored suit will fit you better than a generic one. Of course hiring an architect will yield a better product which fits your exact needs and wants. An architect’s job is not just to draw pictures of floor plans and houses, but to communicate with their client to create from scratch a realm in which the client can live and grow and fits their needs. Often clients do not have a clear view of what they want and it is the job of an architect to interpret their foggy requests and turn it into a crystal clear vision! This is what separates the good architect from the great. So to answer the initial question, Yes, Hiring an architect will provide you with a better set of plans, which you can be assured is unique and honed to your life.
Several types of private sanitation systems are in use today including the traditional septic tank and leach field, aeration systems, and “mound” systems. They can vary widely in cost, and not all health districts allow all types. The choice of system will also be heavily weighted by the soil type and slope of the lot, and the available area(s) for the system. A typical leach field system will require a large clear area for a primary and second field.
Since we’re talking about sunlight, now’s a good time to bring up the subject of energy consumption. Houses use energy to keep heat in, and to keep heat out. The easiest and least expensive way to keep heat out of the house is with proper orientation of the windows and doors. The easiest way to keep heat in is to reduce the number of windows – so pay close attention to the number and location of windows in your house plan. A properly oriented plan can save you a lot in fuel bills.