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Information for new home buyers and builder about choosing a home plan and building a new home. Information for new home buyers and builder about choosing a home plan and building a new home.


Home Plan Book StoreHome Plan Book Store


Choose from a variety of home plan books featuring our home plans in 'collections'.


Design Basics newest plan book called 'PREMIER COLLECTION' presents hundreds of home plans along with our newest issue of Her Home Magazine packed with more home buyer tips and advice plus the “back-stories” on how many of today’s hottest new design amenities came to be. $12.95 includes ground shipping.


See all the plan books in our Book Store.







What's News at Design BasicsWhat's News at Design Basics


Find out 'What's New' at DesignBasics.com - New home designs, new home plan books, home plan and service discounts, newsletters, home plan makeovers, articles, and videos.


What's News at Design Basics


Hybrid Home PlansHybrid Home Plans


Have you found the almost perfect house plan, but it's not quite your dream home plan? Our experienced designers will work closely with you, gathering detailed instructions by phone, email, and fax and verifying information with sketches. We have thousands of satisfied trade professionals and home owners across the country. As with all of our plans and plan alterations, technical support is freely provided throughout your construction process.


Hybrid Home Plans and Alterations


Find A New Home Builder Near YouFind A New Home Builder Near You


Many of our Home Builder clients are accessible via the web. We have hundreds of links to new home builders in most states/provinces in the United States and Ca nada.


Find a Builder near you.

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Livability at a Glance®

Livability at a Glance™


Rather than starting with the elevation when looking at home plans, women often begin by looking at floor plans.  This begged the question, “How do women look at home plans?” As we delved into this topic, we learned women look at a plan to determine “how the home lives.” 


Further research helped us realize there were four primary filters through which women evaluate designs: how the home entertains; how the home helps her de-stress; the flexibility of the home’s design; and the home’s ability to address her storage needs.


More about Livability At a Glance


More about Livability at a Glance Plan Search


More about Livability at a Glance Quiz


Alternative Construction Techniques and Adapted Home Designs

Alternative Construction Technologies and Adapted Home Designs


Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs); Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs); Engineered Wood Components; Panel Construction.


Learn about these products and alternatives to traditional dimensional framing. We've adapted over 200 home designs to help you take advantage of these building systems.


More about Alternative Construction Technologies


New Home Design Trends, Articles and Other ResourcesHER Home Design Trends, Articles and Other Resources


Learn more about what's hot in designing, building and product selections for your home. Whether your interest is lighting, kitchen or bathroom design, building green, designing for live-in relatives, home office spaces, we have a resource for you. New articles, topics and resources are added added and updated regularly.


See All the Articles - HER Home Design Trends


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Frequently Asked Questions


These are the questions people ask our staff most often. Have a question not addressed? Let us know! Frequently Asked Questions

New Home Buyer and Home Builder Newsletters delivered via E-mail


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What Options are Available with a Design Basics Home Plan


Cost to Build
2 x 6 Exterior Walls
Dimensional Plans ; Single-Build Construction License Only
Materials Lists
Optional Foundations
Roof Framing Set
Multiple Elevation Plan Packs





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