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By Jay in Lynchburg, VA on 3/12/2008


I cannot find exactly what I want in a house plan. I would like to hire an architect or a designer but I do not want to shell out a few thousand for it. So if anybody knows someone who is good and low-priced, please pass it on. I am planning on building with ICF in Appomattox ,VA.
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By Ron in Newburg, MD on 4/4/2008


I'm in the same boat as Jay. Live in MD


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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 4/4/2008


Sometimes you can find special deals for plans if you do your research on what main companies you may use for ICF, SIPs or panelizing.  They usually can recommend draftsmen/designers that they have worked with.  One of the many good reasons we decided to go with Viceroy Homes (out of Canada) is because they offered free custom-home plans through construction drawings and engineering.  You could pick one of their many plans or draw up a sketch on a paper napkin of your ideas and it was all the same to them.  Everywhere else it was going to cost us a minimum of $6,000 to get our plans drafted up.  Most designers we encountered, their average price was $2.25 a square foot on construction drawings.
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By Marty in Boston, MA on 4/6/2008


Pat,

 

After reading your post I did some research on Viceroy Homes.  I found a Viceroy office located about 15 miles from my house.  I’ve since called and set up an appointment to meet with them.  How happy are you with their service?  Any pointers or things I should keep in mind before I meet with them?  The agent told me that they are very flexible.  For example, I only need the framing portion done (no windows or siding).  How much did they do for you?  If you purchased their windows, how do they compare to the Anderson 400 Series?

The good thing is that I’ve already priced out materials and framing labor; so I know the number that Viceroy needs to come in under for me to select them over stick framing on-site.

 

If anyone else has any experience with Viceroy (or similar company) I am also interested in hearing about your experiences as well.

 

Thank you,

 

Marty 


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By Ronald in Grand Ledge, MI on 4/8/2008


Hi, we did our plans with a local architect. At first, we thought the $3,000 price seemed expensive. Then, we thought about it. Your entire home hinges on your plans. We decided this is not the place to be cheap. A local architect knows the local codes and can make sure your plans are acceptable for permits, etc. Plans you buy for a few hundred bucks online may still have to be locally reviewed and stamped by a state-licensed architect. Why risk it? A house is a big investment, we wanted to make sure we got off on the right foot.

One other reason is now we can decide how and who will build the house. We actually looked at Viceroy too and liked them. Have not decided which way we are going. But, our plans are ours so we wont be locked in to anyone.

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