NYT: House Plans Online

NYT: House Plans Online

Aaron Able
Jul 9, 2007

Housing Stock. Friday's New York Times featured an interesting piece outlining the rising popularity of architects selling stock housing plans online: Click Your Way to an Architect-Designed House. Rather than hiring an architect to design a custom home, some owners are opting to purchase stock plans (about a 75% savings over custom-design) and paying an architect an hourly fee to customize the existing plan...

While savings is significant, we wonder how well-suited the various stock plans are for the wide variety of lots and environments. At the same time, we know that the majority of new homes are inexpensive and contribute largely to sprawl. And we wouldn't turn down a craftsman bungalow from Sears Roebuck & Co. We suppose this is a positive trend, right?

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