Welcome to the first home plan site to have appeared on the Internet. Following are designs for which plans are all available at minimal cost. Following are Spanish, Dutch, German, English, French, Japanese, Italian, and American Home Types in (25) Classic residential architectural styles, such as Colonial, Cape Cod, Georgian, Federal, Tudor, Victorian, Mission, Adobe, Shingle -- all from "The Affordable House" book, excerpted below.
Information on new houses, large homes, small home & cottages, renovations & additions may be obtained from this home plan site or our architectural offices, as is ordering information for the book.
Homeowner, contractor, designer & builder inquiries are welcome.
Established on the Internet March 15, 1996
The original home-plan site on the web!
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Since excerpts from the publication "The Affordable House" became the first "home plan" site on the world wide web in March, 1996, readers have been requesting designs for larger homes. Following therefore are home plans not in the publication, ranging from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet.
Working drawings (blueprints) are currently being completed for sale at our usual price (see Ordering Plans section of this site) - thus allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. Minor modifications of an inconsequential nature are to be expected as an inevitable part of laboriously translating designs into exact, detailed and carefully dimensioned working drawings.
Note that the lettering/numbering system skips over where we may add drawings to the collection at some time in the future.
Remember that the cost of construction has soared in recent years, and that as tempting as generous amounts of square footage may be to contemplate, a conservative approach is recommended. Near cities $100.00/sq.ft. is now quite common. It is additionally suggested 10% of the available budget be reserved for contingencies you will undoubtedly encounter.
In the quest for huge homes, people often substitute poor materials for good ones - to gain area at the same cost. Fake stucco, vinyl or aluminum siding, phony window muntins (the end of civilization as we know it!) -- these are atrocious and will ruin the beauty of any building. Vast indoor acreage should not be the main goal, or a bloated box with aluminum columns could be the result.
Lastly, remember to reserve funds toward landscaping; at the end of construction, having several mature trees brought in, although costly, will change the 'newly-built' appearance of the dwelling, soften it and add a charm ordinarily acquired only after the passage of many years.
If you don't see a plan that you like or you have a specific project in mind, please let us know through the postal service to our New York office at 226 Natick Street, Staten Island, New York 10306 or telephone our office at (718) 987-2853 where a staff member will be ready, during regular business hours, to answer questions.
THANK YOU, DAVID JOHN CARNIVALE, R.A.
Architectural plans and other basic information for all the homes shown on this site, along with dozens of beautiful illustrations and extensive descriptive text are available in our 64 page, soft-cover publication "THE AFFORDABLE HOUSE"
To receive a copy send a US$25.00 check or money order to:
David J. Carnivale, R.A. 226 Natick Street -- Staten Island, NY 10306.
All orders are sent by first class mail to the address you specify.