How to Get Plans Designed for Your Custom Home

July 21, 2020


Selecting a plot of land is one of the first steps when it comes to getting started with building a custom home. In order to build on that plot of land, the next steps need to include securing a loan, and of course, choosing design plans for your custom home. The right design plans will give you and the custom home builder you work with an idea of what your home will look like in the end.

At 4G Design Build, we’re a premier home builder in North Carolina that has helped many people build the home of their dreams. In order to do that, though, our home builders need to have design plans to follow, and a common question we get asked by clients is regarding how to get these plans. Well, when it comes down to it, there are two ways in which you can get your hands on design plans. Continue reading to learn the best ways to get plans designed for your custom home. 

Getting Custom Home Plans Designed

When it comes to building a custom home, the design plan is when the magic starts to happen. It’s not always easy to get started designing your own home, but finding the right design plans will make the rest of the process go much more smoothly. Most people will choose to find their plans online or have them professionally designed. Below, we explore the benefits of each. 

Using Online Custom Home Plans 

You can find thousands of home design plans on hundreds of websites that may be close to what you have envisioned for your custom-built home. Purchasing plans online is the most cost-effective option, however you can only purchase the plans that are offered. That means it can get really messy when you want to alter something or make changes, such as including a garage or changing the layout of the kitchen. Plus, since these are available to everyone online, chances are there are other people with the same home design, which doesn’t necessarily mean your home is unique, or custom so-to-speak. 


  • A cost-effective option to getting home design plans
  • Hundreds of thousands of plans are available


  • Can be difficult to make revisions and additions to the design
  • The design is not as unique as you may think

Using a Design Build Firm

The other option to get your plans designed is to go through a design build firm. Design-build firms take on the responsibilities of architects, contractors, and construction companies, all under one roof. Working with a custom home builder that offers design and build services means that they will be able to both design your home and build it. They will be able to put together a design plan that fits your wants and needs. They will also be able to help you as they have a thorough understanding of the custom home building process as well as the cost of building


  • Can design and build your home
  • Plans are designed around your unique wants and needs
  • Won’t design something that can’t be built
  • Can work to keep your budget inline


  • Takes longer to create than ones already available online

There is no doubt that working with a design-build firm is the best way to get custom home plans designed, especially if you want your home to truly be unique. While using plans that are available online or were made by someone else may seem like the better option, the creative restrictions can add stress to the home building process. 

Get Design Plans From 4G Design Build

Here at 4G, our name pretty much says it all. We are a design-build firm that often works with clients to design plans that give them and our builders an idea of what the finished product will look like. When clients want to work with our experts to design a home plan, we take the time to listen to your wants, needs, and land specifications, as well as ask a few questions to get a better understanding of what you want out of your custom home. Once we have a plan designed, we’ll review it with you to finalize any remaining details and then we’ll be ready to get started! 

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