Do You Need A Custom Residential Architectural Plan?

Jason Hunt

One of the first questions when you're building or remodelling a house will be, "What sort of plan do you have for it?" Devising a plan means either working with pre-existing blueprints or developing residential architectural designs. Working with pre-made plans is often a good choice, but there are also scenarios where custom residential architecture may be the better option. Let's look at four of the most prominent reasons to have an architect customize your plans.


The simplest reason for developing a custom design is to ensure your home will be visually novel. If you've ever been in a housing development where each place uses one of perhaps five cookie-cutter designs, you already understand the problem. Houses built on pre-made blueprints tend to lack character and charm. A residential architectural firm can discuss your ideas and implement them in a way that puts your mark on the home.

Location-Specific Issues

Not all properties lend themselves to standardized plans. You may have purchased your property because it had a lovely coastline along a lake, for example. Many of the things that make that sort of location look amazing also pose design challenges. For instance, there may just not be a spot to put a rectangular structure of the desired size on the property. Consequently, you may need to angle some parts of the house into the space to make it work.

There are also times when you might want to accentuate a particular feature of the property. If you have a square lot, the best view from the house could be at an odd angle. A custom design will allow you to place the living room, deck or balcony in a place that maximizes the view.

Structural Concerns

Virtually no out-of-the-box architectural plan accounts for unusual structural requirements. Suppose a homeowner is also an automobile enthusiast who has many vehicles. The house is at a location where they can't easily install a ground-floor garage, too. Perhaps the garage requires a cantilever to provide enough space. An architect will have to review the weight requirements for the garage and its contents to create a feasible design.

Optimizing Space

Even if you're not in a frenzy to achieve efficiency, optimizing a home's space to your needs can be tough. This gets tougher if you're using a standard plan. You might want a larger entertainment room, for example, than any of the available plans offer. A residential architect can customize the blueprints to trade space in one area optimally for the planned room.