What are the views here on buying house plans, or using prefab?
We recently bought some land and intend to build a small (1300-1400 square foot) home over the next year or so. It is in a wooded area, on a lake and will be used mostly for weekends and summers. DH and I may live there on a more full time basis in 12 to 15 years.
In a perfect world I would sit with an architect and have custom plans drawn up. We may do this, but we are also considering pre fab builders, and or perhaps using a plan found on-line if I find something suitable.
I haven't heard great things about on-line house plans (plans aren't detailed enough, change restrictions, etc. as for pre-fab, most seem far more expensive than regular construction. And most of the pre-fab builders I like are some distance from me.
I love to hear what real world experience you all may have with using plans or pre-fab homes.
I am quite interested in one pre-fab company not far from where we intend to build. They are having an info session in my city in a few weeks. What sort of questions would you put to the company? Certainly I will have many questions about costs, what is included, etc., but I'd appreciate any other suggestions you folks might have.