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While the most accurate method for obtaining the cost to build a sun-inspired home is to ask the proposed builder(s) to do an estimate from a Review Set, often an approximate cost range is first desired.  We’ve added some tips for budgeting at the bottom of our Construction Costs page on our web site. We wish it were possible to give you some s.f. costs, but the variables of your local labor pricing and the interior finishes that you choose would make those estimates inaccurate.


As with any consultant, if you pay the builder for his or her time, then you should receive a better estimate. Those type of planning fees are typically money well spent. When building a new home, the total planning fees should approximately equal the 6-7% realtor’s fee built into the price of an existing home and these can be financed in with the loan. For example, in addition to the house plans and architectural fees,  other planning fees might include one or more of the following: surveying, soil testing for both septic percolation and soil bearing, structural engineering, construction estimating, building permits, home energy rating and interior design.  An experienced builder is the main ally in obtaining these other services and Sun Plans can also provide opinions.

The builder will at least have to price to code minimum insulation values. An overview of the IECC insulation minimums by Climate Zone can be found in the link on the map to the right.  This is a good general guide although specific code requirements in your area may vary.  Our Custom Energy Specs typically exceed these since as a rule we aim for the newer 2011 Energy Star requirements as a minimum. Our specs also address the SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) of the south-facing windows in detail to allow in the winter sun.

And what if you find out you cannot build the plans that you just purchased?  You can credit that Review Set to the Construction Prints of another design.  Even if you’ve already purchased the Construction Prints or CAD Files, Sun Plans allows a substantial credit on “blueprints” of another Sun Plan through our Clunker Trade-In!  (See all Specials)

In summary, if someone can afford to build a new home at all (this is between the home owner and their bank or financial adviser), then they can afford to build a Sun Plan. Or as some may say in relation to the reduced operating costs, they cannot afford NOT build a sun-inspired home.

As with any large undertaking, it’s best to plan for unknowns so a contingency fund of at least 5% is recommended when building any home.  Allowing a time cushion of a few months is also appropriate due to unforeseen circumstances which is the nature of construction.  Rushed projects can not only be more prone to mistakes, but also more costly.

House Plan List – view all house plans and sort by every column
While it has always been possible to sort by a few columns, now it is possible to sort by EVERY column!  For instance, sorting by first floor s.f. makes it possible to find the smallest footprint and sorting by daylight basement s.f. shows which plans already have this valuable, energy-efficient space in the plans.  (Of course, with Adapt-A-SunPlan services, daylight basements can be added to any design.)
Try sorting by every column now!
(then click the little heart for each plan to add it to your Favorites)

Individual House Plans
Once a house plan is opened up, you will see the following navigation bar:

Overview
Initially the overview section is seen which gives helpful information such as the square footage of each floor, a brief paragraph describing the design and a glimpse of the front of the house.

Drawings
The Drawing tab shows thumbnails of black & white drawings.

Tip: Click on the thumbnails to enlarge image.

Tip: Click on the new Flip feature to Mirror Reverse the image.

Photos
If the plan has photos, color 2D or 3D images, there will be a photos tab.

Tip:
Click on the small image to enlarge much like the Drawings.


Details

The Details tab holds the bulk of written information on each house plan. It provides descriptions of each floor and the types of walls, roofs and foundation as well as modification ideas.

Open House
If the plan has an Open House, there is a tab that allows viewing of the additional information with Open House.

Purchase
The purchase tab brings you straight to the particular house plan page in the Secure Online Store for the plan that is currently being viewed.