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Neighborhood in a Box® | Design | Marketing | Management

Residential Development Solutions for Home Builders


Not Just a Collection of Home Plans - A Total Product Solution

Not only do you get great plans that appeal to today's buyers, but each of the plans include alternate elevations, options and details. In one easy step you have a complete portfolio of plans, designed by building industry professionals, for market appeal and ease of construction.


Everything you need to turn your neighborhood into a profit making machine is here, including marketing materials to help you price and manage your project.


32 Plans Sets Three architectural styles – Traditional, Craftsman, and Country French. Each plan is designed with  3 - 6 elevations.


32 Plans Sets

Each plan set is designed with 3 - 6 elevations.

Dozens of Elevation and numerous Floor Plan Options.

Three architectural styles – Traditional, Craftsman, and Country French.

Home Designs from 1195' up to 3606'


Neighborhood in a Box& #7838; - One common floor plan with multiple options. Neighborhood in a Box& #7838; - One common floor plan with multiple options.

 2 Great Ways to Create Your New Neighborhood!

      • Pre-Selected, Multiple Elevation Comprehensive 'Box' Plan Sets:


      • Pre-Selected, Multiple Elevation Plan Sets:

Available Plan Sets
Collection I
Plan Sets 7801 - 7809
3 50' wide or less
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Collection II
Plan Sets 7810 - 7816
40' wide or less
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Collection III
Plan Sets 7829 - 7836
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Collection IV
Plan Sets 7837 - 7844
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Comprehensive Floor Plans

Each plan in the collection has a variety of floor plan options that can be built on the same basic footprint. Bedrooms can be added and reconfigured. Dining rooms can be used as home offices or guest bedrooms. This satisfies a variety of customer desires and results in cost efficiencies for the builder. The construction drawings are builder friendly and every set includes:


  • Complete construction drawings for all elevations and floor plan options
  • Compliance with code requirements for 7/11 stairs and 2'-8" doors
  • 2x4 or 2x6 wall construction
  • Left and right reading plans
  • Slab, crawl and full basement configurations
  • Detailed sections and structural information
  • Roof framing diagrams
  • Lumber takeoffs on Excel™ spreadsheet
  • Suggested electrical layout
  • Concept drawings for finished basements and deck




Different Styles and Widths for Wide Market Appeal


Each plan is designed with a minimum of three alternate elevations. The same basic house can be built with a different appearance tailored to the buyer’s desires without the cost and inefficiency of starting from scratch each time. Three architectural styles have been chosen – Traditional, Craftsman, and French Country / European.  Exterior details for each style are provided to ensure consistent and authentic design. The styles are compatible so that you can create interesting streetscapes by mixing styles within a neighborhood.


Design 7834 - 2 Cottage elevations, 1 French Country Elevation, and 1 Traditional elevation.



Options & Upgrades


Many buyers want more than the standard selection of components and finishes. We’ve simplified your work by providing pre-designed elements, such as media/fireplace walls, computer nooks, mini libraries, special entry and room openings, super decks, pre-packaged kitchen upgrades, super-sized family rooms and master bedrooms. All of these can create “wow” in the mind of the buyer, and boost the builder's profit. Universal and plan specific options and upgrades are listed on an Excel™ spreadsheet to assist you in managing and pricing client selections.



Marketing System included when 3 or more Plan Sets are purchased together


It isn’t enough to create a great neighborhood. You have to tell people about it. Neighborhood in a Box™ makes it easy for you with pre-designed marketing and management tools. All you have to do is insert your name and logo and take them to a printer. All of the marketing materials are PageMaker™ files supplied to you electronically. The management tools are supplied in MS Publisher PC format files so they can be easily modified. They include:


  • Electronic renderings of each elevation
  • Product flyers
  • Sample community brochures
  • Sample display ads for magazine and newspapers
  • Silent salesmen posters
  • Marketing program for Realtors®
  • How to perform a marketing audit
  • Plus information on what makes good marketing, and how to set yourself apart from your competition

Silent salesmen posters



Management Tools included when 3 or more Plan Sets are purchased together


Neighborhood in a Box™ comes with tools and advice to ensure a healthy profit. Included are Excel™ spreadsheets to help you price and manage your project.


  • Lot premium template
  • Project analysis template
  • How to create and manage a spec house program
  • How to evaluate and manage overhead expenses
  • Managing the pre-construction process
  • Options and upgrades template


Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 11:20 AM

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