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LottaLiving.com • Hi all, Looking for a real source for house plans
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Hi all, Looking for a real source for house plans

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:58 pm
by Ricola

Modern house plans

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:42 pm
by plancentric
Yes more modern house plans are coming online. Disclaimer: I edit www.houseplans.com where we sell a variety of modern plans. Click on Browse in the navigation bar and then click on Architectural Styles or Collections. Or, back in the navigation bar, click on Exclusive Studio Collection. Good luck.

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:43 pm
by scowsa

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:47 pm
by Joe

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:05 pm
by Ricola
Thanks all, I'm new here. I checked with one architect locally. He can recommended by a friend in the trades. His estimate was about a 1/3 of the cost of the project. Ouch! I have a floor plan drawn out and could use a draftsman to help with an accurate blue print and details I guess.

I'll check the links :cheers:

Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:58 pm
by Ricola
I checked the links. There are some interesting elements in several of the plans I viewed and some nice features in the new construction posted in another thread.

I wish I had the money to hire an architect. I think the guy I met with really didn't want the project. I come across as kind of cheap. Maybe I scared him off. But these houses are supposed to be simple, open and elegent, not over done and ornate.

I have a cool three bedroom open floor plan drawn out. Lots of glass, attached garage with a glass wall with a view of the lake as you drive in. But with two kids in collage...

Thanks and keep posting what you have.

How about I post my floor plan here? Could anyone give me an idea what it would cost to get a working set of prints?



Cheers :cheers:

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:38 am
by Stephen

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:57 am
by Joe

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:00 am
by rockland

Modern Plans

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:08 am
by plancentric

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:55 pm
by blinkbeforebeauty

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:24 pm
by cadman
There's also no reason not to pick up some of the classic "home planning" books of the 50's. Oftentimes lumber yards would provide a booklet of house plans with features and artistic renditions of the homes (just as they do today) that not only might have something you like but could provide ideas to tweak your own design. I have a copy of "Homes of Moderate Cost" which covers everything from humble abodes to sprawling ramblers and several contemporary designs with glass and cantilevers (but basic enough that the materials could be sourced locally, no special talent required to construct, AND would still likely meet code today with only minor modifications.)

Or the 1958 book which I believe is entitled "The House of Your Dreams: How to Plan and Get it" which is just chock ful' o' inspiration. -Cory


Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:40 pm
by Joe
the more visuals you can assemble, the better. most people you'll talk to, be it architect or contract, won't have a clue about what you're looking for. books from the '50s with designs from noted architects will be helpful. Also period shelter magazine and trade magazines. The more you know about what you want, the easier the process can go.

Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:47 pm
by Ricola
Great suggestions all.

Yes, We have the property. 4 acres 330 ft of nice frontage on a semi-private bay. Heres the lot. There is a creek running through it.
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We just had a dozer clear off the over growth. Were just doing things as we can afford them for now.

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Here's where we plan to place the house.
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Here will is the view from the house location. Were still clearing the shore line.
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So, were definately going to do this. My wife and I both like the Jet Set Modern style.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:06 am
by luther
Here's a collection of plans posted on Flickr. Maybe you can find something you like.



This is a sample of what you'll find there:

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my 2 cents

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:40 am
by modfan
Seems with the current housing slump it seems like architects esp. residential ones would be having discounts to get business, but then again I'm no authority, I don't even play one.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:22 pm
by Ricola
Luther, Thanks for the links. I really like the sample you posted. I have a couple of restrictions. The house has to be 100' from the high water mark. With the creek running behind the house I have about 40' maximum for depth and about 70' including the attached garage. I'll check some of those stock plans to see if there is a fit.

That's why I'm leaning tword my own floor plan.

Luther, I just went back and flipped through the link. Are those your flicker photos? do you have the original material? If not, anyone know where I can get my hands on a copy of those?

Some of those designed may work on our lot. I'm viewing them on a lap top and can't see the dimensions.

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:41 pm
by egads
I'm also thinking that many home plans may not be right for vacation home use. Or are you in fact going to make this your home?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:14 pm
by Perks
I've found a lot of those older home plan books at my local libraries over the years. eBay's a good source for older material. I have a fairly substantial stack of those old plan books sitting around somewhere in the garage.

The old books from Home Planners, Inc. tend to have the best selection of modern designs in terms of sheer numbers. Many of the ones from the link noted above seem to be from their catalogs. Also I have some old plan books by Hiawatha Estes dating back to the early 1980s that still have some rather unusual modern plans including a few Eichleresque atrium layouts, although I imagine that sort of plan would not be too feasible based on your setback requirements.

Re: the question of vacation home plans, many of the stock plans are designed specifically for vacation use (in fact there are entire books dedicated to it). Though I'm not clear either whether this would be a permanent home or a part-time home. That would certainly have a bearing on the design.

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:18 am
by Stephen

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:03 am
by Ricola

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:35 am
by rockland
And put this on your reading list.
(if you a haven't already)

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Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:35 am
by Ricola
We were thinking of placing a detached garage on the lot first. I drew this schetch of an idea I had. I really don't have to tell you that I can't draw. You can see that for your selves. :P But if I could I would draw a nice version of this. The low windows are actually part of the second floor. The second floor is only part of the actual size of the main level. The second floor would be for guest sleeping or storage. The added height would be for a lift. I'm a car guy. I need a shop but promised the wife I would not work in the attached garage we are planning to have on the house.

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Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:53 am
by rockland
So many good examples available for inspiration.
via DesignMilk 8.13 post

http://design-milk.com/

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http://www.danielrojo.cl

and a favorite haunt of mine,
http://materialicio.us/

Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:53 pm
by Tony
Rockland,

House is a great book! Thanks for mentioning it.

This book really describes the trials and tribulations of building a house, from all sides: the architect, the client, and the builders. Should be a must-read for anyone wanting to build a house.

Tony

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:07 am
by johnnyapollo
This butterfly roof would be amazing on that lot and it looks like it would fir your dimensions:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/midcentarc ... 596375351/

I'd keep the size of any vacation home on the small side to keep down upkeep.

-- John

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:45 am
by Ricola

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:47 pm
by scowsa

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:41 pm
by Ricola

Modern Plans

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:57 am
by plancentric