Modifying Our Home Plans

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, 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.

Modifying Home Plans combines the best of both approaches.

Our Director of Drafting and Design , Carl Cuozzo, explains, “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 to customize 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.

Modifying Front Elevations

42074 Locklear - So much home in just 1635 sq. ft.!

Plan 42074 as originally designed

Design 42392 Shelton Farm

Plan 42393 as originally designed

42074 Locklear Elevation modification for the client

Modified Front Elevation for plan 42074

42532 Shelton Modern - New home plan for 2023

Modified Front Elevation for plan 42392

Modifying Floor Plans

Plan 29052 as originally designed

29052 as originally designed

               Customer's Identified Changes:
               •  Mediterranean-style exterior
               •  3-car garage
               •  Basement foundation (add stairs)
               •  More storage in kitchen
               •  More windows
               •  Unified laundry/walk-in closet

Customized Plan 29052

29052 with clients desired alterations!

                  Further Plan Enhancements:
                 •  Larger entry coat closet
                 •  Added bench in front entry
                 •  Doorless shower in owner's suite
                 •  Streamlined flat ceilings
                 •  Pocket doors to smooth flow

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 home-based business. And, some day you’ll likely want to resell the home. Thoughtful design today translates to higher resale tomorrow.

Choosing to have Design Basics modify and customize your plan means you're working with a designer who is very familiar with the original plan and who has your specific best interests in mind when redesigning the home. You also remain eligible for Design Basics' full technical support throughout construction. Yes, with Design Basics’ home plans, you can opt to have changes made to the plan by a knowledgeable, qualified draftsman of your choice. But when you work with our Plan Customization team, you can rest assured your Customized Home Plan is buildable (unfortunately, that’s not always true of plans changed by others).

Why Use Design Basics for Your Plan Customization?

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.

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.

Technical Support

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

Construction Experience

Our Plan Customization Specialists are familiar with each of our plans and understand important structural issues that are often impacted by design changes. Still, you may need to have your Customized Home Plan reviewed by a local professional to ensure the home will be built in compliance with your local building codes, conditions, and practices.

Completeness of Work

Our Customized Home Plans are drafted to the same high standards and go through the same stringent review process to ensure accuracy.

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.

Bedroom 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!

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!

We have the ideas, solutions, and experience to make your
Customized Home Plan a reality.

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