Plan Alterations

Thoughtful Design Today Translates to Higher Resale Tomorrow

Traditionally, there have been two routes to purchasing the plans for your dream home. Browsing through a library of readily available home plans and selecting the one that works best. This provides a fast and inexpensive way to get a good set of plans. Or, you can hire a designer to custom design your new home. You’ll get exactly what you want, but the design process can take quite some time and is considerably costlier. A new approach – Hybrid Home Plans – combines the best of both approaches.
Our plan alterations specialist, Tricia Baker, elaborates what makes Hybrid Home Plans different, “You’ve found a home plan that is close to what you’re looking for; then call us so we can tailor the plan to make it perfect for you. A true custom home plan at a fraction of the time and cost.” It’s a collaborative approach, so don’t be surprised if we ask you questions that may not have been on your radar. As leaders in the industry, we have the knowledge and experience to identify design features and amenities you may not have been considering but would love to have in your new home!
As we work with you on the modifications to the original plan, we’re addressing all aspects of design. We want to make sure the home functions the way you desire. Based upon what we learn from you, we’ll be looking at the home’s livability for you and your household.

The Hybrid Home Plan Approach

We recently talked with some soon-to-be empty-nesters about Design Basics’ Holbrook plan (#5180). They identified they wanted to widen the garage and enlarge the dining area by stretching it backwards. This is typical, client-driven, and what we refer to as ‘Plan Alterations’.

But as we talked and learned more about how they wanted their home to live, we transitioned to our Hybrid Home Plan approach. The reality of walking in from the garage and there being no rear foyer/transition space came up. Further, in the original Holbrook design, you had to walk through the kitchen every time you entered through the garage. In fact, you had no choice but to walk right by the range where the cooktop might still be hot, risking injury.

So, we looked at a redesigning the entry from the garage and kitchen. Relocating the door in from the garage allowed us to slide the laundry room over and add a rear foyer complete with drop zone and closet. Then, the refrigerator was moved, allowing for an island kitchen design so that they wouldn’t need to always be walking through the kitchen when coming in from the garage. The resulting open kitchen design was quickly embraced, and the rear foyer re-design created an opportunity for a huge walk-in pantry. To visually compliment the rest of the kitchen, that pantry is accessed by twin, full-height cabinet doors. But the new rear foyer and pantry layout meant moving the laundry room.

The couple concurred they didn’t really need a tub and separate shower in the owner’s suite bathroom as there was a tub in the hall bath. The owner’s suite tub was deleted and replaced with a spa-type shower (yes, there are 1-piece shower floors designed for that exact size and shape) topped by a transom window. This created additional closet storage helping offset space given over to the repositioned laundry room. The new laundry area also picked up a built-in ironing board and a welcome folding counter. And in the master bath, the linen cabinet was placed between the vanities, allowing for “his” and “her” space and offered the opportunity to raise one of the vanities for added comfort.

Finally, the bedrooms were enlarged to be more accommodating. The home’s entire bedroom wing was stretched to the left, in line with the original design’s hall bath. Along with stretching the eating area to the rear added 95 square feet to the plan. We also stretched the garage two feet to the right as per their original request.

Here are the results:

Hybrid Home Plans™ Changes to Design 5180

Original Plan                                               After Plan Alterations

Creative Design Solutions 

Gourmet Kitchens

Kitchens are the hang out when entertaining. Breakfast bars, double wall ovens, warming drawers, Island counters with vegetable sinks, and food prep areas. Smart storage solutions for your small appliances, walk-in or ‘work-in’ pantries. We can help integrate these ideas and others into what you need in your kitchen.

Owner’s Suite Luxury

Consider large walk-in closets, coffee bar, cozy sitting area, fireplace, larger walk-in shower, secondary laundry facilities, twin, dual-height vanities, and jet or bubble tub!

That Extra Touch

Try decorative arches, architectural columns, dropped soffits, plant shelves, and French doors!

On the go, in and out?

You need a Rear Foyer and Drop Zone with coat closet, lockers, bench seat, charging, drop off for keys, umbrellas, and mail.

Enjoy the fresh air?

Include a Rear Deck with Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace!

Need Extra Living Space?

Using or expanding space over the garage is an easy way to gain cost-effective living spaces. Where you can build on a basement, we can help with your space planning needs.

Front Elevation Curb Appeal

Use exterior brick or stone, architectural trim, roof tile, designer entry door with glass sidelites and transom!

Hybrid Home Plans™ Changes to Design 29052

Here is another example of changes that were made using the Hybrid Home Plan approach. Both the floor plan and the elevation were adapted to fit the homeowner’s wishes.

Original Plan

Original Plan

Original Elevation

Original Elevation

After Alterations Plan

After Plan Alterations

Custom Elevation

Custom Elevation

While we can’t provide pricing information on your home, we can be sensitive to the budget figure you have in mind. Design impacts the price of your home in many ways—some seen, some unseen. For example, designing around standard size building materials minimizes expensive waste. Or, we may make suggestions that would eliminate costly structural members, providing a more open feel. There have even been instances where adding square footage was less expensive than eliminating square footage.

Similarly, we design with the future in mind. Maybe you envision finishing space in a lower level or perhaps above a garage in a few years as your household grows or you finally start that homebased business. And, some day you’ll likely want to resell the home. Thoughtful design today translates into higher resale tomorrow.

Yes, with Design Basics’ home plans, you can opt to have changes made to the plans by a knowledgeable, qualified draftsman of your choice. But when you work with our Plan Alterations team, you can rest assured the modified plans are buildable (unfortunately, that’s not always true of plans changed by others). In addition, when you have Design Basics modify the plans, you remain eligible for full technical support throughout construction. Perhaps most importantly, it’s the fact that you’re working with a designer who has your specific best interests in mind when re-designing the home.

Hybrid Home Plans from Design Basics

– a great design tailored specifically for you, with fast turnaround and very reasonable prices.

Changing An Elevation

Changing The Garage

Add or Alter Rear-Entry Foyer Features

Why Use Design Basics for Your Plan Alterations?

Personal Designer

You’re not on your own when it comes to figuring out how you want something altered; you’ll be working directly with a skilled designer.

Construction Experience

Our Plan Alteration Specialists are familiar with each of our plans and understand important structural issues that are often associated with design changes.

Continuity of Design

Because our home plans originate right here, you can be assured that your desired changes will blend naturally with the original design.

Completeness of Work

Our plans are drafted to the highest standards in the industry and each set of construction drawings is subjected to a thorough review process to ensure accuracy.

Technical Support

As a Design Basics customer, you receive no-cost technical support throughout the construction of your new home. 

Engineering of Structural Changes

Certain types of design changes require the re-calculation of a home’s structural components. We will incorporate the necessary engineering adjustments for your desired changes.

We have the ideas, solutions, and experience to make your hybrid home plan possible

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