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Barrel-Race7,133791630
YesterdayHouston, TX

Cobbler-Mountain-Hom...29100
MondayAlexandria, VA

Vilano-Beach--Water-...21,232391170
4/5/2014Saint Augustine, FL

HudsonHouse7,042300
4/2/2014Omaha, NE

Tanglewood86,9217862,22242
3/24/2014Colorado Springs, CO

697MarlinAustinArea1,21018910
3/15/2014Austin/McDade, TX

1860s-Texas-rehabnew...43,185441910
3/14/2014Boerne, TX

Bladenkirk552640
3/13/2014White Oak, NC

P-Wade-Crocker441100
3/12/2014Spring, TX

Shana516200
3/11/2014Chaffee, MO

OwensNewHome60,0721033810
2/2/2014Chandler, AZ

Du-Lock-Lane1,322200
2/1/2014Houston, TX

Family-Affair10,630440
1/31/2014Saint Petersburg, FL

TheCastle10,014270
1/23/2014Cheshire, CT

The-Last-Rodeo9,70227100
1/14/2014Angel Fire, NM

TheHoskensProject58,5891504333
12/31/2013Dome-ville, central, FL

NorthPoleHome30,273341330
12/29/2013North Pole, AK

navarre-village-buil...1,200100
12/26/2013Gulf Breeze, FL

Seven-Peaks-Faswall-...34,885483181
11/18/2013Graeagle, CA

The-Dailey-Project1,795100
10/27/2013Pompano Beach, FL

Beaver-Creek-Ranch30,340213210
10/15/2013Hayfork, CA

The-Cortes-Adventure17,710520
10/14/2013Snowflake, AZ

jeff3,894300
8/29/2013Jackson, MO

Miami-FL-country-hom...5,396320
7/30/2013Miami, FL

Brevard-County--Pt-S...2,579100
7/17/2013Rockledge, FL

Dream-Build-Austin-T...4,184300
4/17/2013Austin, TX

Eschete-Dome22,43730530
12/24/2012Lafayette, LA

ChapelHillNCBob5,587110
10/23/2012Chapel Hill, NC

The-Skimino-Bluff7,0093130
10/13/2012Williamsburg, VA

Octagon-in-Glencoe-C...48,854144110
10/8/2012Glencoe , CA

nateshomemtpeakview4,694100
9/29/2012

sherman20,089221560
9/27/2012Downers Grove, IL

Omaha9,217380
9/13/2012Omaha, NE

Holy-Hill-House16,53235530
8/27/2012Richfield, WI

Omega-CEO5,659110
8/13/2012Manassas, VA

JayHouse10,3607190
6/22/2012Sebastopol, CA

30233,43923770
5/20/2012Belfair, WA

SunburnStateHome6,337110
3/6/2012Charlotte County, FL

VICTOR-MONTANA8,134110
2/22/2012Victor, MT

Houston-720125966,818100
1/21/2012Houston, TX

Workshop15,629630
1/8/2012Florissant, CO

Our-simple-home11,849223080
12/5/2011LaPorte, IN

ICF-Construction19,429500
11/11/2011Elkridge, MD

Little-Help-from-my-...12,31211150
11/4/2011Rockwall, TX

YaNYca14,034810
10/29/2011Boston, MA

The-Man-Refuge10,878310
10/19/2011San Antonio, TX

mckernanmc11,181320
10/6/2011Amite, LA

Large-Family-Compoun...7,467200
9/23/2011Covington, GA

Woodchuck-Ridge10,340480
9/12/2011Akron, OH

Forever-Home-Sweet-H...21,00634310
8/24/2011Issaquah, WA

Clarksville-MD9,114200
8/22/2011Eldersburg, MD

steve-n-carolyn16,3604140
8/21/2011Sun City, CA

Old-York8,203200
7/27/2011Bridgewater, NJ

Carriage-House17,12720282
7/24/2011Ft. Collins, CO

DomeSweetDome22,37518291
6/4/2011Suffolk, VA

Goodpasture24,250562880
5/28/2011Westminster, CO

Marks-Log-Cabin13,957392210
5/12/2011Altoona, PA

Bill21,205100
5/4/2011Tucson, AZ

Mueller-Dream-Home8,835100
4/15/2011

Oklahoma-Steel10,785650
4/13/2011Minco, OK

DutchG8,451200
4/5/2011

HiddenInOhio10,3509130
4/1/2011Elyria, OH

MagnoliaHouse8,904100
3/29/2011Houston, TX

Buffaloader13,774200
1/11/2011Valley Center, KS

SouthernEcoHome27,89220210
1/9/2011Blacksburg, VA

Austrian-Chalet14,199780
1/2/2011Twin Lakes, CO

Vista-Ridge13,21921660
12/21/2010Swanton, OH

OurFarmstead28,510601890
12/10/2010Pennsylvania

AirparkHome-Remodel29,69022460
11/8/2010Hillsboro, OR

Holloway10,909200
11/7/2010Petersburg, VA

Building-Our-Lakefro...9,785110
11/5/2010Piscataway, NJ

SunburyGalena-Build9,053100
11/3/2010Galena, OH

BUILDING-OUR-GREEN-D...9,907800
11/2/2010Pattison, TX

RR-Homestead24,03631740
10/26/2010Janesville, CA

Casa-Paradiso-Vieque...9,866200
10/19/2010Chelsea, MA

Millerbuild11,1335110
10/1/2010Carstairs, AB

Delisledigs11,545300
9/16/2010Jacksonville, FL

h20dave11,375430
9/10/2010Waterloo, AL

Mountain-Idyl11,116900
9/9/2010Asheville, NC

High-over-Lake-Granb...14,60612230
9/8/2010Granbury, TX

Homestead35,99964850
9/8/2010Smithville, MO

philandjan12,978100
9/2/2010

Commons10,201200
8/21/2010Atascocita, TX

Our-First-OB-home10,591300
7/27/2010Gardner, KS

Louisiana-Mediterran...20,146311870
7/21/2010Sunset, LA

Crows-Nest9,877100
7/20/2010

Patterson-Project10,438400
7/16/2010John's Island, SC

Hidden-Meadow-Home12,4832100
7/13/2010Murrieta, CA

New-house-in-Selah-W...10,233140
7/4/2010Belfair, WA

Arnold-CA-Alpine-cha...20,96322100
7/2/2010Arnold, CA

Working-Wilton39,941343010
6/16/2010Wilton, NH

JJ-Residence9,652100
6/7/2010San Antonio, TX

Thompson-Valley-Home10,854330
6/6/2010Monticello, FL

Naperville-Webster-S...26,4172360
5/21/2010Naperville, IL

Gary--Suzi11,092100
5/7/2010

crystal-falls-home28,89020270
5/5/2010Cedar Park, TX

Kapoho-Retirement-Ho...10,925130
5/4/2010Santa Ana, CA

NC--New-Construction10,521100
5/3/2010

Collins-on-Cobblesto...11,52521910
4/30/2010Waynesville, NC

Dwight--Colleen-Hart...11,931130
4/30/2010Vaughn, WA

Riley32,87232950
4/29/2010Cave Creek, AZ

The-New-Ries-Homeste...14,92819980
4/21/2010Polk/Richfield/Erin/Hartford, WI

The-Season9,569130
4/10/2010Mount Airy, NC

The-Naas-Place10,078200
3/30/2010Pittsburg, CA

Phil-and-Lauras-home13,128400
3/20/2010Tulsa, OK

Southport-NC-Home17,587201281
3/18/2010Southport, NC

Loris25,056110
3/11/2010

Seaton-Station10,275140
3/10/2010Siloam Springs, AR

Backwoods-Project14,334390
3/4/2010Jeffersonville, GA

ICF-in-Ann-Arbor26,262293710
1/25/2010Dexter, MI

DancingPines11,019200
1/25/2010Clinton, LA

Log-Cabin10,619150
1/23/2010indianapolis, IN

The-Kinzel-House10,018100
1/21/2010New Orleans, LA

PahrumpProject17,0955390
1/17/2010Spokane, WA

TheBeachHouse14,66813200
1/16/2010Shoreline, WA

Artist-Haven-Home14,989970
1/13/2010Kansas City, MO

SOPHIA--SAMUELDELAWA...17,45411310
12/2/2009Smyrna, DE

Plant-City-Craftsman16,8624100
11/22/2009Plant City, FL

WestermanFarm11,480130
11/10/2009Dickson, TN

Shane22,562600
10/31/2009San Antonio, TX

ADCountryHome12,9031130
10/31/2009Fort Worth, TX

ICF-Keller-Tx51,261321220
10/6/2009Roanoke, TX

digs24,284100
9/30/2009Tracy City, TN

threegables21,440201340
9/29/2009Hartland, WI

LittleLakeCorner72,9931016040
9/29/2009Groveland, FL

Utah-Casa11,627200
9/28/2009Saratoga Springs, UT

Tornado-Reconstructi...11,071800
9/24/2009Port Neches, TX

toolehouse50,358891450
9/20/2009Reno, NV

Bobs-Blog53,042614140
9/16/2009New Florence, PA

Blessings10,238100
9/11/2009farmville, NC

Schrammelot16,0297900
9/11/2009Pierson, FL

PennsmithLostValleyT...35,916552150
9/9/2009Dripping Springs, TX

River-House10,671220
9/7/2009Clinton, NJ

SantaFe-in-AJ10,422100
8/28/2009Apache Junction, AZ

Dennis-Dream-Home30,120385050
8/27/2009Readington Twp, NJ

Massive-Undertaking11,5771100
8/26/2009Wimauma, FL

Lafayette10,329200
8/11/2009Cramerton, NC

Dream-site-on-the-La...11,114200
8/5/2009La Porte, TX

Williams-New-Home-Si...10,375110
8/2/2009Windsor, NC

Cobblestone-Lane10,454100
7/30/2009Great Falls, MT

PensacolaBeachHouse10,262110
6/22/2009Gulf Breeze, FL

12YEARSINTHEPLANNING10,914120
6/16/2009LADSON, SC

Steinys-Hideaway10,885200
6/9/2009Venice, CA

DreamHome29,531261900
6/7/2009Orlando, FL

CastleHeims20,80121590
6/5/2009Cedar Rapids, IA

Utah-Warehouse10,137220
5/20/2009Fairview, UT

Where-to-start12,476610
5/16/2009Lemoore, CA

Castle-Rock-Lakehous...16,38910840
4/27/2009Necedah, WI

Oleg26,036360
4/22/2009San Diego, CA

MoeCompound10,303340
4/9/2009Camano Island, WA

Huckleberry-Home10,367200
4/8/2009Williamstown, NJ

Vonk24,307100
4/7/2009Zeeland, MI

Small-Timber-Frame14,714110
4/2/2009Central Mass, MA

EatonLoch-Haven11,162110
4/1/2009Roanoke, VA

windowsnsiding10,235110
3/28/2009Long Island, NY

Arkansas-First-Timer25,93439880
3/27/2009Trumann, AR

Back-Home-In-Crisp12,459111510
3/22/2009Ennis, TX

Victor--Susan-0820,377211210
3/17/2009Ruckersville, VA

Rick-and-Tinas-dream...11,691120
3/14/2009Auburndale, FL

Keener-Road13,0904100
3/11/2009Elizabethtown, PA

NC-Newbie10,986100
3/10/2009Boone, NC

MadisonGA11,2051130
2/26/2009Madison, GA

Techbuilt-Scammed12,651100
2/25/2009Rebew, LA

choanne83110,247100
2/9/2009charlotte, NC

WilliamsinVegas34,055301190
1/29/2009Henderson, NV

PhilesBryant12,095260
1/20/2009graham, WA

MortgageSmart10,465100
1/19/2009Cocoa, FL

QuarterlyHouse57,990136990
1/12/2009Orlando, FL

RabbitRun19,815311690
1/11/2009Afton, VA

Sonave-Sunsets10,571120
1/9/2009Yucca, AZ

Heart-of-PA16,1769160
1/6/2009Lewistown, PA

Krusehome11,648200
12/27/2008Lake City, FL

BrunkHouseAlmaKansas15,661260
12/26/2008Garden Grove, CA

Raider-Bills-Tenn-Ho...14,6706320
12/22/2008Largo, FL

Andel-Ranch28,346334020
12/17/2008Rogers, TX

Elijahs-Home11,830460
12/6/2008Vero Beach, FL

ranch-house10,463100
11/25/2008springfield, IL

Howard-Georgia-Retir...16,113670
11/9/2008Harlem, GA

The-Woods-Journal11,338110
11/6/2008Doraville, GA

StansTLH16,0801090
11/1/2008Tehachapi, CA

Kevin--Kerrys-Dream11,610350
10/17/2008Northvale, NJ

Katabatic-Wind12,215470
10/16/2008Huntsville, AL

Elmhurst-Modern13,663120
10/14/2008elmhurst, IL

Accessible-House11,6353100
10/14/2008Munford, TN

Cherry-Valley-Vista10,688120
10/5/2008Duvall, WA

Jon-and-Mollys-House18,317150
9/25/2008Ellicott City, MD

Proctor-ICF11,769110
9/25/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Hawaiian-Bungalo18,105111020
9/23/2008Holualoa, HI

Pete--Rhiannon12,771430
9/19/2008Springfield, MO

2008-Cedar-Ln17,61314350
9/19/2008Seaville, NJ

dmaceld20,81614880
9/16/2008Nampa, ID

Help-with-Goulds-and...12,934100
9/16/2008tampa, FL

Consulting10,333100
9/2/2008Orlando, FL

AlaskaICFREMOTEHouse16,77819380
8/17/2008Wasilla, AK

NC-Pond-House11,807320
8/4/2008Wilmington, NC

MargaritaVilla11,420240
8/4/2008Raleigh, NC

Latest-update12,7058100
8/4/2008Sierra Vista, AZ

ANDREA11,310400
8/2/2008Dallas, TX

The-Ridges14,08511130
7/31/2008Logan, UT

Avenida-Del-Sol15,20513520
7/31/2008Peoria, AZ

dream-home-ohio11,364600
7/30/2008Zanesville, OH

Penetang-Craftsman10,993360
7/27/2008Penetanguishene, ON

Tristan--11,447600
7/25/2008Lebanon, NJ

Dreamy-Design-in-Glo...16,749100
7/9/2008Clifton, VA

need-help-Jim11,933110
7/8/2008Bandon, OR

deltona-fl-custom-ho...12,5274140
7/6/2008Deltona Beach, FL

Ingraham-House-Chape...11,777200
6/29/2008Cary, NC

famborgie10,681100
6/26/2008Lockhart, TX

95821-Addition21,9467140
6/24/2008Sacramento, CA

Cajun-Homestead19,09012930
6/22/2008Lafayette, LA

West-Texas-Ranch-Hou...12,883110
6/18/2008Andrews, TX

Quail-Bluff-Pasco12,6949290
6/10/2008Pasco, WA

Spyders-Web10,604100
6/10/2008Norman, OK

mike-and-tori-darnle...13,132510
6/2/2008Rainbow, CA

Lin-Washington10,629100
5/29/2008Fresno, CA

Capernall-House11,473420
5/15/2008Belleville, MI

Hidden-Valley-Texas10,766100
5/7/2008Southlake, TX

cosdreamhome41,441731470
5/5/2008Colorado Springs, CO

Sowle-Family-House13,267590
4/29/2008South Burlington, VT

Cyberdoc-Residence10,980200
4/25/2008San Diego, CA

Fortune-House10,997100
4/17/2008Mooresville, NC

Joeb28,858400
4/15/2008Oakland, FL

Alvin-House11,243200
4/14/2008LaPorte, TX

Thomas-Home--Raintre...21,308271800
4/9/2008Lee's Summit, MO

Greg--Kathys-New-Hou...12,240200
4/3/2008Barryton, MI

Where-is-Waldo28,36144830
4/2/2008Marion, OH

Nimmerrichters-Fores...10,091100
4/2/2008Waldorf, MD

Mayfield-House10,703100
3/31/2008Mayfield, UT

beamanhouse10,769100
3/27/2008Manistique, MI

Kanak-ICF--Virginia15,532900
3/26/2008Fredericksburg, VA

Sheldon-St15,365300
3/21/2008Orlando, FL

Bert-25,990310
3/20/2008Southern, CA

Our-Ohio-ICF-home22,04220270
3/20/2008Mansfield, OH

ericdc11,236310
3/8/2008Uniontown, PA

EurekaHouse-ICF15,1185150
3/6/2008Berkeley, CA

Superstition-Views15,441281600
3/6/2008Mesa, AZ

Blue-Springs-Project12,9288230
2/24/2008Broken Arrow, OK

Our-House10,603100
2/24/2008Miami, FL

httpownerbuilderbook...13,350830
2/19/2008Clayton, NY

JourneyBackHome10,432100
2/3/2008Oviedo, FL

Collier-Home12,894110
2/1/2008Little Rock, AR

DDs-ICF12,440330
1/27/2008New Smyrna Bch, FL

EurekaMT-Timberframe12,0581430
1/24/2008Augusta, MI

The-Larnerd-House13,5415210
1/21/2008Newport News, VA

Casa-Bella11,382100
1/14/2008Pueblo West, CO

Gordon-Lake-House15,40917510
1/3/2008Oakland, IA

STEPHANIES-DREAM12,57617570
12/30/2007Lower Burrell, PA

Florida-Waterfront-C...14,988310
12/29/2007PB, FL

6158-in-Montgomery-T...11,329410
12/23/2007Conroe, TX

ClearwaterHills13,751260
12/14/2007Paradise Valley, AZ

BobDonna10,020100
12/12/2007Sacramento, CA

AboveTheAppleTree9,993100
12/8/2007La Farge, WI

Casa-Nostra12,261230
12/2/2007Bangor, PA

Building-the-Dream-i...13,801700
11/29/2007Gladstone, OR

Ingram-Fleming-ICF-H...16,410480
11/29/2007Plant City, FL

inniagara9,487100
11/24/2007Niagara Falls, ON

SchnabelEstate10,611240
11/16/2007Avon, IN

WeAreBuildingAgain21,45727560
11/15/2007Orlando, FL

Lake-Pleasant10,574210
11/14/2007Erie, PA

Green-for-Dean10,585100
11/10/2007San Jose, CA

The-Ponderosa12,3608220
11/4/2007Perry, OK

FlagholeRoad10,655260
10/25/2007Franklin, NH

Beckynray11,815300
10/24/2007Powhatan, VA

Spicewood-TX12,300330
10/20/2007Austin, TX

Powderhorn24,214481760
10/4/2007Florida

Luray-VA-1stTimeBuil...14,881730
10/4/2007Luray, VA

kittyfhughesnet10,364250
9/27/2007Noblesville, IN

Scott-Family10,946100
9/25/2007Trinity, AL

Taking-the-Plunge13,4406180
9/18/2007Springfield, OH

RozBuildingAdventure10,817100
9/14/2007San Pablo, CA

Helpful-Tips11,918200
9/13/2007Encinitas, CA

Poplar-Creek-Farm13,8705250
9/10/2007Oakland Park, FL

TheWillemsHome21,5921750
9/10/2007Galloway Township, NJ

ComfortHome11,394200
8/30/2007Dublin, OH

10000-sq-feet36,38122260
8/26/2007La Habra Heights, CA

Bird-house12,5183400
8/22/2007Ithaca, NY

Circle-S_ICF_House35,843462640
8/21/2007Sparta, IL

New-England-Saltbox10,795100
8/16/2007Columbia, SC

RamblewoodatJeterFar...11,6086330
8/10/2007Kansas City, MO

Kraemer-Collinwood-H...11,213200
7/21/2007Delano, MN

BigOakBuilderTX14,832270
7/20/2007Wharton, TX

Johnson-Family-Dream11,057100
7/20/2007Normal, IL

19225-ROBERTSON-ST17,74814250
7/12/2007Orlando, FL

Thattle-Dew-Farm11,004220
7/12/2007Halls Harbour, NS

WindyJ14,98911260
7/2/2007Knoxville, TN

Vistoso-Green-Home12,302310
6/28/2007Tucson, AZ

Lewis-Chapel-House16,518200
6/25/2007Dunlap, TN

father-daughter10,559200
6/25/2007Loveland, CO

davewhite11,538100
6/24/2007Nanaimo, BC

NutmegWedgefieldOrla...12,523600
6/22/2007Orlando, FL

4600SF-Dream-Home-in...14,615410
6/19/2007Mooresville, NC

Coeur-dAlene-Idaho-H...12,391240
6/13/2007Coeur d Alene, ID

Tampa-Bay13,972490
6/10/2007Ruskin, FL

Dream-In-Progress14,416540
6/7/2007Shawnee, KS

todd-in-tullahoma10,924100
6/4/2007tullahoma, TN

TheOwens11,709300
6/1/2007Dickson, TN

Country-Cleaver11,835140
5/29/2007Springfield, IL

South-Dakota-Lake-Ho...12,0956110
5/23/2007Sioux Falls, SD

Gods-Home11,243200
5/18/2007Eustis, FL

hammock11,104110
5/14/2007Martinez, GA

Grove-St-Rocklin11,184300
5/13/2007Orangevale, CA

Gardeners-Delight12,011330
5/13/2007Norristown, PA

Newman-Family12,028100
4/26/2007oralndo, FL

do-over-house12,692200
4/25/2007Roseville, CA

Mountain-Building11,412370
4/21/2007Hiawassee, GA

Alaskan-Log-Home12,736120
4/15/2007Tok, AK

Warner-Dream12,932600
4/11/2007Astatula, FL

RehmannSchreiner13,92618150
4/2/2007Maple Grove, MN

outspokenbikeguy13,5694140
3/29/2007Sanford, FL

SmelltheForest35,860471480
3/23/2007Colorado Springs, CO

PolkCityProject15,2237110
3/21/2007Norcross, GA

DwaynePam12,072200
3/21/2007Normal, IL

cypressknoll11,132100
3/20/2007Palm Coast, FL

candlepower19,158241550
3/20/2007Lansing, IA

Team-Rosa12,002200
3/19/2007Springfield, VA

GLOUCESTER11,682120
3/17/2007Newport News, VA

Ohiodreamhome12,0634140
3/16/2007Reynoldsburg, OH

Gypsy-Love12,554110
3/12/2007Highland, NY

Forrest-Towne11,746220
3/10/2007Brinnon, WA

Dreams-Come-True11,009100
3/8/2007Glen St Mary, FL

Almost-A-Country-Gir...11,025100
3/7/2007Addison Township, MI

BrandonBuildingBlog11,801100
3/4/2007Layton, UT

SafecreteHouse13,063300
3/4/2007Raleigh, NC

newbie-12,182100
2/21/2007North Plains, OR

BuzzardsNest14,411310
2/14/2007Saint Lucie, FL

woodfamilyhome12,518200
2/10/2007Keno, OR

vegascastle11,841100
2/3/2007Henderson, NV

newsteel17,811100
1/28/2007Florence, SC

Dream-Home-200712,356100
1/27/2007Gwynn Oak, MD

DelgadosAdobeAbode12,744200
1/18/2007San Diego, CA

bobindeltona14,977250
1/14/2007Deltona, FL

Highland6412,459300
1/8/2007New Orleans, LA

SmallProjectSilverSp...17,8191020
1/7/2007Silver Springs, NV

BeehlerHome22,73511640
1/3/2007Kalamazoo, MI

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Special Report 22: Designer interviews - Electronic Edition
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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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