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How Many Subcontractors Are Needed?

When building a new home, you will come to realize that there are many different counterparts to make your dream come true. Starting off, you will need to find a reliable Builder, also known as a Contractor, to oversee and provide materials and labor to perform the job. A great deal of builders will delegate certain jobs to other companies, or subcontractors. This process may make you wonder how many subcontractors are actually needed during construction

The type and quantity of subcontractors your builder will need to employ depends on several different factors. One major factor is availability. As the housing market improves a shortage of subcontractors may become apparent. A proficient builder will set a timeline for subcontractors to ensure the appropriate companies are hired during the correct phase of construction. Your builder’s specialty is another factor. For example, if your builder’s specialty is masonry or foundation work, they will not need to hire an outside company to do the job. This is a great advantage and will keep the cost to build down, since there will be one less counterpart to pay.

On average, more than 2/3 of the builders in the United States will generally subcontract about 75% of the construction job of a new home. According to the NAHB, that 75% is close to 22 subcontractors for a job.

On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.
On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.

There is an array of jobs needed to complete a new home, some jobs are  more likely to be subcontracted out than others. For instance, 94% of builders will subcontract out foundation work while only 75% will subcontract out putting on interior doors.

Many builders will subcontract out different kinds of jobs

Building houses that have simple floor plans and that are under 3000 sq. ft. are less likely to call for an abundance of subcontractors, and will result in a faster building time.

The Tilly house plan features a lakefront “boxy” floor plan that boasts a striking curb appeal without intricate details.  This 2,355 sq. ft. home will be a cinch to build. The Tilly’s versatile architectural style allows you to the use of a variety of material combinations to fit your personal taste.

The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

If you’re building on a lakefront lot, or in the mountains, the Da Diva house plan is the perfect plan for you!  This affordable house features a spacious chef’s kitchen, luxurious master suite, and a bonus room above the garage for future expansion.

Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

This is the Da Diva house plan under construction. 8/15/2015



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Bringing The Indoors Out!

Nowadays, homes are as unique as the homeowners that build them. The demand for custom home plans, and uncommon building materials are at an all-time high. It is no surprise that the demands for a home plan to seamlessly transition from the interior to the exterior are steadily growing.
Best in American Living e-magazine describes this demand as Transitional Spaces. Homes featuring outdoor cooking areas and wet bars effortlessly bring the entertainment of the indoors outside, while allowing guest to enjoy outdoor amenities, such as a pool that is set close to the home gives more of a natural feel.
Archival Designs features numerous house plans that offer superb Transitional Spaces!
The Montpellier house plan has a designated outdoor cooking area with a close set pool. The vast glass sliding doors make accessibility between the interior and exterior seamless.

The Montpellier House Plan - Contemprorary House Plan Architectual Style Exterior Outdoor Living
The Montpellier House Plan is 4,580 Sq. Ft with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms

The Allianz house design is complemented with a close set pool directly outside of its over-sized windows. There is ample space to transform this backyard into a gathering area, or outdoor cooking area.

The Allianz House Plan - Ranch House Plan Architectual Style Exterior Outdoor Living
The Allianz house plan has 4,085 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

The Blakewood house plan has an exclusive pool area. This pool area is close enough to give you the natural ambiance close to your backdoor, but there is a bountiful amount of space to include your outdoor grilling area.

The Blakewood House Plan - Contemporary House Plan Architechtual Style Exterior Outdoor Living
The Blakewood house plan is 2,890 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms

The Wiesbaden house plan includes a family lounge area outside. The outside family lounge area is a perfect area for outdoor entertainment. This area has space for cooking and even a fireplace.

Wiesbaden House Plan - European French Luxury Home - Tudor Architectural Design - House Plan
The Wiesbaden house plan is 5,295 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 5 ½ bathrooms.


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Materials, Materials,Materials

Throughout the course of building your new home you will encounter many decisions. One major question that will appear in every phase of building your home is: What materials are we going to use? The type of materials you select for your new home can make or break the total aesthetic of your house. Choosing lower quality materials may reduce your upfront cost, but can lead to complications later down the line. Spending a great deal on the highest quality materials will increase your cost to build drastically. Learning about different levels of quality in building materials will make this journey a pleasant one, and will ensure you choose  excellent materials for your surroundings and budget.

The NAHB shows us some materials options that prove to be helpful and great picks for many different regions. Using recycled glass, or concrete as kitchen and bathroom counter tops can be an affordable and creative venture. Recycled glass is available in an array of colors and patterns. This material is more durable than granite, and environmentally friendly. Using concrete can add a modern and industrial flare to your kitchen or bathroom. Concrete is extremely long-lasting scratch and heat resistant, and non-porous when regularly sealed making it easy to clean and sanitize. The costs of both of these materials vary with color and size, but are affordable options compared to granite.

The materials for the exterior of your home are just as important. Here are some great ideas for materials that are innovative and durable

Horizontal Siding: The most traditional choice is horizontal siding.  Horizontal siding is exceptionally durable, and is available in plenty of colors and textures. This selection is very affordable with prices ranging from $3-$5 per square foot.

The Tres Le Fleur house plan is a great example showing the use of horizontal siding. The clean and elegant style complements the traditional structure of this house perfectly.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Archival Designs - Ranch Home Style
Tres Le Fleur House Plan: This  house plan is 2,499 sq. ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms

Fiber- Cement Panels: Using large 4 foot by 8 foot fiber-cement panels to stack and joist all around the exterior of the house gives it an uniformed look to the outside of modern house plan.

The Montpellier house plan boasts a clean modern design perfect for the fiber-cement panel exterior. The contemporary structure and fiber-cement panels are a great pair to create that modern feel.

The Montpellier House Plan -
The Montpellier : This contemporary house plan has 4,580 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms.

Stucco: This versatile material can complement many house structures. There is natural stucco that has the ability to breath, or let air and moisture pass through its pores. There is also synthetic stucco that needs a vapor barrier to allow moisture and air, both types are excellent choices for the exterior of your house.

Even though stucco goes well with any house structure, it greatly complements Spanish inspired homes. Our Villa Royale house plan would look immaculate with either synthetic or natural stucco.

Villa Royale House Plan - House Plan - Tuscan - Front View Rendering
The Villa Royale house is 3,073 sq. ft. with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms

Brick: Known for is durability and low maintenance, brick is an excellent material choice. Varying in size, texture, and color, brick can complement countless house structures.

Our Stone Pond house exemplifies the versatility of brick . It enhances the structure of the house and gives the home a unique appearance.

Stone Pond House Plan - Castle House Style - Lakefront Design - Luxury Home Plan
The Stone Pond house is 3,912 sq. ft with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.

Visit Houzz  to read more about popular exterior materials

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Building Green

Currently most of society is concerned with the environment and being “Green” or environmentally friendly, especially when it comes to their homes. A great deal of people are beginning to build “Green” or environmentally friendly, but what does “Building Green” actually mean? According to the National Green Building Standard Certification, there are several components that need to be satisfied before considering your house “Green”.

Healthy Homes: Making the home suitable and healthy to live in. Providing fresh air ventilation to improve the air quality inside the home, and limiting pollutants and contaminants (like mold and mildew) will make your home safe and ideal to live in.  To do this, you must use certain materials that will protect your home from such toxins, such as Plant-based Polyurethane rigid foam for insulation, or Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which are fire resistant yet environmentally safe.

Sustainable Lifestyle: Building “Green” does not stop once building does. Ensuring that your home is close enough to businesses, markets, and entertainment will to promote Walk-ability, which is how much you can get done without using a car for errands, or day-to-day business. Another method of upholding a sustainable lifestyle is to reduce home maintenance. Building with durable materials will cut down on maintenance, and waste due to its longevity.

Lower Operating Cost:  Using environmentally friendly appliances and practices that use fewer natural resources will lower the operation cost.  Being mindful of space conservation, and building a small home will be less strain on the environment. These practices are also good to cut down on building cost, as well as monthly utilities. Building a smaller house with a simple layout will be significantly quicker to build, and more cost effective. Cutting down on cost in this area can give you more budget flexibility that allow for durable and efficient materials and appliances.

These  Archival Designs house plans are environmentally friendly or can easily convert to being green!

The Nantahala Bungalow House Plan is an EnergyStar tier 3 house plan! This house plan is 2,055 sq. ft and has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Even though it is considered small the open floor plan and unfinished spaces provide plenty of opportunities to grow.

Nantahala Bungalow House Plan -
Nantahala Bungalow: This house plan is 2,055 sq. ft and has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

The Rustic Lake House Plan is 1,870 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! The small square footage will make this house more cost effective when it comes the building, leaving you more money to build with environmentally friendly materials!

Rustic Lake House Plan - Rustic Lake Style Architectural House Plan
Rustic Lake House Plan is 1,870 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! This house plan has plenty of room for outdoor living as well as inside entertainment.

The Corinthia House Plan is a charming taste of luxury and is very dynamic. This house plan is 1,931 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This Ranch style house is efficient in space and will make building quick and easy, leaving plenty of resources to make this home environmentally friendly.

Corinthia House Plan - Classical - Front
The Corinthia House Plan is 1,931 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Its simple floor plan is ideal for families just starting out or retiring couples looking to downsize.

The Next Big Thing: Small Houses!

As Millennials (people born between 1981-1997) begin to enter the housing market as first time buyers, smaller houses have proven to be in demand. Millennials want an affordable home that is easy to take care of without sacrificing thoughtful design providing ample storage and entertaining areas.

Cedar Lake House Plan - House Plan - Contemporary - First Floor Plan
Cedar Lake House Plan: This open floor house plan has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with plenty of designated space for outdoor living!

Houses that Millennials search for are less than 2,500 sq. ft. and do not have the traditional design of a 2-story foyer of family rooms. Open floor plans, and house plans that offer a great area for outdoor living are preferred by the majority. Through studies, the NAHB ( found out that although Millennials enjoy an open floor plan, they still required a separate, closed-off area designated for laundry!  These Archival Designs house plans are just what the Millennials are asking for!

The Laurel House Plan: This 1,999 Sq. Ft beauty has everything a millennial would ever want!  The Laurel has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and an open floor layout for ultimate design creativity. Its rectangular design makes it a most cost effective build!


Laurel House Plan - Colonial Style House Plans - Expanable House Plans
The Laurel House Plan: This 1,999 sq.ft beauty has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and an open floor layout


The Da Diva House Plan: This ranch style house is on the larger side, according to Millennials, with 2,404 Sq. Ft. Da Diva has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and an abundance of space for outdoor living.

Da Diva House Plan - Cottage Style House Plans - Mountain Cottage House Plan - Archival Designs
The Da Diva House Plan: This ranch style house is on the larger side, with 2,404 Sq. Ft. Da Diva has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms


The Harthaven Place House Plan: This 1,820 Sq. Ft. bungalow is just what the Millennials are asking for. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, and an open floor layout, this house will be very easy to maintain. The Harthaven even includes a separated room just for laundry!

Harthaven Place House Plan - House Plan - Southern - First Floor Plan
The Harthaven Place House Plan: This 1,820 Sq.Ft. bungalow ihas 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and an open floor layout, even includes a separated room just for laundry!


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