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Barrel-Race6,998771570
TuesdayHouston, TX

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,147391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse6,947300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,2917862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,13518910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,047441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk476640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker348100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana416200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome59,8261033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,259200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,535440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle9,925270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,58427100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,3891504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,124341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,134100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,725483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,741100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,206213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,610520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,816300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,332320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,517100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,104300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,26430530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,512110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff6,9113130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,678144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,632100
9/29/2012

sherman19,953221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,092380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,40535530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,570110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,2807190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,30323770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,250110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,053110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,748100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,535630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,766223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,244500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,22711150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca13,961810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,800310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,109320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,405200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,232480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...20,82634310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,026200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,2714140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,108200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,02220282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,21118291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,037562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,885392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,015100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,751100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,701650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,365200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,2679130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,809100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,665200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,70920210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,086780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,13621660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,336601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,53722460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,823200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,703110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build8,986100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,847800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead23,89731740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,794200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,0625110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,457300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,308430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,048900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,50912230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,85864850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,906100
9/2/2010

Commons10,118200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,521300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,074311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,793100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,359400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4022100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,145140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,86922100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,830343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,569100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,763330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,2752360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,015100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,75520270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,849130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,455100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,44221910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,854130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,73032950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,83819980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,502130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,016200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,059400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,481201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris24,932110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,204140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,261390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,170293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines10,947200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,539150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House9,931100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0235390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,59213200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,916970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,33911310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,7894100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,398130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,454600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,8281130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,156321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,159100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,344201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,7321016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,545200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,004800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,227891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog52,921614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,160100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot15,9467900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,793552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,605220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,346100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home29,993385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5011100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,249200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,037200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,287110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,376100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,192110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,839120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,810200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,450261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,72021590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,059220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,392610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,29610840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg25,905360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,212340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,304200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,177100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,636110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,090110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,152110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,78239880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,389111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,292211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,617120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0154100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,919100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,1491130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,571100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,165100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas33,949301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,021260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,384100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,814136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,711311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,502120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,0869160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,573200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,559260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,5986320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,254334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,764460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,395100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,003670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,265110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH15,9721090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,532350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,143470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,580120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,5573100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,610120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,218150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,688110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,029111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,695430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,51114350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,69614880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,851100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,266100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,66019380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,725320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,327240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,6438100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,230400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges13,99411130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,12113520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,294600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,913360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,380600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,643100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,848110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,4554140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,695200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,604100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,8397140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead18,98912930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,799110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6239290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,514100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,045510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,554100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,408420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,704100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,324731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,197590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,898200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,932100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,724400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,166200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,230271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,159200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,27644830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,033100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,642100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,674100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,447900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,267300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,795310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home21,97520270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,174310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,0345150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,360281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,8418230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,524100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,275830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,372100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,816110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,353330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe11,9901430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,4685210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,299100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,31517510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,51317570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,903310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,255410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,667260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna9,937100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,927100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,190230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,732700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,327480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,417100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,533240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,32227560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,492210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,511100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,2808220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,572260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,747300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,232330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,106481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,803730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,278250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,873100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,3746180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,751100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,843200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,7855250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,4691750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,312200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,28522260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,4383400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,711462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,733100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,5346330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,137200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,740270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream10,982100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,67814250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm10,933220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,90311260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,232310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,437200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,489200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,462100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,451600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,541410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,313240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,902490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,345540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,859100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,644300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,763140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0346110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,175200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,026110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,108300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight11,948330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family11,956100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,576200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,340370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,652120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,860600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,85218150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5104140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,752471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,1657110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam11,987200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,059100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,055241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa11,933200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,620120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0034140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,491110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,667220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True10,938100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...10,950100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,740100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse12,986300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,086100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,338310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,449200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,769100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,737100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,260100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,667200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,890250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,377300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,6971020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,61811640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

eveningshade11,975110
12/25/2006Evening Shade, AR

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Special Report 22: Designer interviews - Electronic Edition
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[This is the Special Report 22 in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Our electronic products download immediately to your computer upon purchase.]

Loaded with practical advice, these interviews provide you with the nuts and bolts of building a better house for less. The men and women included are field-seasoned veterans who steer you around some of the games played in the industry. Eight pages, revised and updated with new reader tips, web links and comments.

Topics include:

  • What designers need from clients
  • Costs and fee schedules
  • Revisions to building codes
  • Is an architect's "seal" ever necessary?
  • Regional differences in design
  • Designer vs. architect
  • DIY design
  • Adapting internet plans by local designer
  • Seismic calculations, energy analysis, soils report
  • Design considerations for your house

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"...Q. What do you want the customer to have when they come in?

A: Firmed up sketch. The more ideas the better.

A: Typically we ask them for some kind of preliminary plan. Sometimes they have worked on ideas for years.

A: Plot plan or lot dimensions, if on a slope, 2-3 is no big deal, but radical slope needs a topographical survey. Any ideas they have. People bring CAD drawings, but those aren't worth diddly. Circle drawings are okay. If they have ideas off of stock designs, bring those. Don't send for those plans, they have to be redrawn anyway.

A: All they need is the property.

A: Depends on how much they want to pay. Thumbnail sketch on back of napkin, or reams of photos, the best is to find a floor plan you partly like, and we can start from there. I prefer to start out small, look at the budget, and then add on. I did remodeling, did architecture school, found my niche, I have estimating skills. Remodeling is always more expensive. I try to give a rough budget, and try to include alternative building material. I use intergrid, steel framing, post and beam, SIP stress-skin panels. I'm headed toward small town planning, developing. Plastic lumber for sill plates. Recycled EPS. I usually throw into my pricing 2-4 hours of design time. I charge more if people don't know what they want.

A: Some idea of what they want. Some have no idea, some bring cardboard box of pictures clipped out of house magazines. If they have a site plan, plot plan, that saves time and money. Picture ideas help a lot..."

Sample Reader Tip Excerpts:

"The building codes nationwide are being revised, because there about five major versions out there, and they are trying to standardize. Uniform Building Code, ICBO, and three major states have a consortium that is standardizing the code. This will help designers like me that try to design for out of state customers. It has been strengthened for earthquakes, hurricanes, and other regional factors. It will cover SIP's, rammed earth, ICF's, steel framing, and other new technologies for which the engineering has become stabilized. International Residential Code is the new book name. I need to get a book and see how I will have to change the notes I have developed that reference parts of the code."
Dale B.
Tucson, AZ

"For our house we found a design teacher who does the drawings for 65 cents a foot. Found her by talking to builders about who they use. We called her up, had a cup of coffee, and arranged a schedule of payments. Arranged to take the preliminary drawings to the respective tradesmen, and be sure they are complete enough before we close the book on the drawings. She agreed. All AutoCAD. The architects were a minimum of $2.50 a foot for the same service. The back and forth iterations are what particularly helped."
Gerry R.
Austin, TX

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