The process - questions
Similar to dreambuilder - new to the prospect of building but didn't want to highjack their thread. Have land purchased - need to get the current home ready and then we'll start the process. Hoping Spring of 2014 but if we are really aggressive maybe next fall. On the other hand - if the house is too $$$ then it may be longer if we feel its worth it to wait and save more. Ugh - hoping what we want is not completely out of our reach.
I looked up architects in our local phone book today and didn't find a single one - no listings whatsoever. I am not sure what to make of that. ???
On to my questions:
How does it typically work -
You find a floor plan you like and then buy it and have an architect tweak it
You find a floor plan you like and bring it to an architect and they draft it to your specifications from scratch? If it's not identical I wouldn't think that would be copyright infringement?
At what point is it best to post on here for help? I have one that we both really like - needs the least amount of changes but there are many 'missing' dimensions on the plan.
When exactly should you start with an architect? How many months before build? Does it normally take a year to get things settled or a matter of months? I understand it depends on how much you change your mind but in general.
Is it within an architects scope to give you any sort of feeling on the cost of what you are looking for or is that out of their realm? So then you'd quote and if it's too high you'd go back to the architect and start modifying and then requote? I am assuming they would have ideas on how to lessen the cost? Less corners - fewer changes in roof lines, etc?
As far as exterior vs. floor plan. If you find something you like just how much can you change the exterior design elements to get what you are looking for aesthetically? I am thinking if you are NOT having a cathedral ceiling changing roof lines would be an easier thing to do? Is that way off base?
I apologize if these are extremely elementary - this is likely the first and last time we will build and I have no experience with it - except what I've learned on here. :)
Thank you so much for any input you can offer!