This page will include a list of all the most frequently asked questions (commonly referred to as FAQ) as well as our disclaimer.
How does Passion Plans work?
Passion Plans works by being a platform that brings together architects and users in a transparent way where users can easily browse the many already-made house plans available on the site. Unlike some platforms, we are not limited to only publishing plans in a couple of categories. You will currently be able to find an array of different categories including, but not limited to H-shaped, U-shaped and narrow lots, which are currently our most popular categories, but definitely not our only ones. We also have the traditional 3 and 4 bedroom places that you can check out.
The real limitation is your mind, because you’re always able to work with an architect if you find a plan that fits 95% of your desires, and have them make the modifications that ensure you’re getting the dream home you want.
How does the platform work for architects? Does it cost anything?
Our platform is built on the principle that when you have success, we have success, too. What that means is that we won’t charge architects to be listed on the site – we believe that’s wrong. There are already too many expensive marketing channels out there that promise a whole lot and provides very little, if anything at all. We want to be different.
What we provide is a way for architects to easily be seen by thousands of people, increasing the transparency in the market as a consequence of it. We are enabling architects to remain architects without having to worry about the cumbersome task of actually selling the masterpieces that you’re creating.
However, when that has been said, we have also invested, and are continuously investing massively in growing the platform, and unfortunately that is not cheap.
What does that mean for you? While we understand that some may not believe it is fair that we take a significant portion of the sale when plans are sold, that is our way of keeping the platform no-risk for architects while still allowing us to provide the various services and marketing initiatives in order to grow the platform. The same way that you have to feed your family, so do we. If ever you do not feel that the conditions are fair, you are always able to simply remove the designs from the platform, and we will peacefully go our separate ways. However, if you as an architect would rather be creating house plans rather than selling them, this may be the platform where you can do so. We’ll provide the platform and drive the users, and you list the designs you have available.
Are you ready to have a talk with us to see if there is a basis for us working together going forward? If so, feel free to reach out and we can have a talk.
Passion Plans is a relatively new platform established in 2020 to help homeowners and architects meet, allowing homeowners to easily buy pre-made house plans, and for architects to sell their plans conveniently.
The aim of this platform is to help increase transparency in the home building industry as well as make it easier for homeowners to truly get the homes they desires, without having to necessarily start from scratch with an architect.
While we admire the craft of architecture, we also admire the desire to make home building more accessible to anyone wanting to engage in the activity, and we believe that is in part done by increasing the future homeowners’ accessibility to affordable house plans, while giving them the opportunity to then work with an architect to customize those already made plans.
In doing so, you’re taking advantage of the many thousands of hours that have already been spent on the craft – making these beautiful plans, while at the same time making it a lot more affordable to actually have customizations made if you don’t find anything that is perfect for you.
We also believe that it can often be hard to visualize the exact end product that you may want, and by having a platform that showcases thousands of plans, it’s a lot easier to get it right when you do choose to engage with an architect. Increased transparency allows you to get a much better understanding of the various options available, and you might’ve otherwise simply not been aware that it was an H-shaped house you were in the market for all along.
We realize that there’s no chance you will visit every single plan on this platform but that is not the intended use of it either. The intention is that you better narrow down the criteria that are important to you and that you get a more thorough understanding of the different categories and the various limitations that different designs have. For some people, the U-shape is what best fits their goals, but for others with a narrow lot, it may simply not be feasible to go with a plan like that. Every family’s criteria are different, and we hope you can find something that matches exactly what it is you’re looking for, or that you get inspired to work with an architect following your search on this website.
If you know any architects that are sitting out there struggling to get in front of a consistent user base, we would love for you to refer them to this site. We’re still onboarding architects at the rate we possibly can justify, in a manner that makes sense for both us and them, while offering what we believe are better terms and more transparency than is available from other similar platforms. Being listed on the site does not cost anything for the architects, and when a sale is made, we share the money that the plans are being sold for, in a way that is more favorable to the architect than on similar platforms. Does it not at the very least warrant us having a conversation?
Our goal is not to tell you what you need but rather to give your mind inspiration and the possibility to wander, inspire curiosity and lead you further down the line in your search for the place you will soon call home.
How much do the plans cost, and can I get them cheaper?
The various plans available on our site are priced in a way that we believe is fair, while still being affordable to people building their homes. While we might be able to lower the price, what you are buying is the work of an architect who has had to go through many years of school in order to get to the point they’re at.
What you’re buying is the result of talented individuals spending lots of hours perfecting their craft so that you can build the home of your dreams. We want the home you’re building to reflect the desires you have and have the features that you’ve been wanting, whether it is for it to be a place where you can retire when everyone has moved out, or whether you’re upgrading your living to something more luxurious.
We do realize that we’re not the only kid on the block, and that there are other platforms that also offer house plans that we’re competing with.
Our intention is not that you need to spend every waking moment trying to figure out if you’re getting the best price on the plan that you’re buying, why we’re offering you a 28 day price-match guarantee AFTER you buy. What that means is that you can confidently buy the plans you want and if you find them offered elsewhere for a lower price, we will refund you the difference up to 28 days after you purchased through the platform.
I found some plans that I like but there are certain things that I would like to change, is it possible?
Yes, it is possible to have the house plans changed, but only if it is clearly marked on the various plans that alterations are possible. You may also be able to change the plans if you buy some that have the AutoCad files available. However, if you are considering wanting to alter plans, do make sure that the plan you are buying and the license you are buying along with it allows you to make the desired changes that you are hoping for, as not all plans can be altered by our pros. You may also be in breach of the Terms & Conditions if you either try and copy or alter plans that you do not have the necessary licenses to alter.
I have a question for you guys, what is the easiest way to get in contact?
We are happy to hear that you have found an interest in contact us, no matter if you have a question, if you’re getting ready to place an order, or whatever may be the reason.
The easiest way to ensure that you get the help that you’re hoping for is by going to our contact page and figuring out who you should be reaching out to.
There may be certain questions that part of our team are unable to answer for you, but when that happens they can fortunately lead you to the right person to ensure that your problems are addressed.
We do encourage you to read through the various sections on our website as we get a lot of questions but also try and post answers to questions that keep coming up, why you may end up finding out that the question you have has already been thoroughly answered. Don’t worry, it is not that we don’t want to talk with you, but we’re also realizing that you may not be a fan of getting on the phone if you don’t have to.
Why do the cost of the various floor plans vary so significantly?
Not all floor plans are created equal, and they don’t all take the same amount of time for the architects to design. The various prices listed will usually reflect some combination of how long they take to make, how popular they are, what type of style it is, as well as other factors. While it may not seem fair that the Mediterranean home you have been looking at is more expensive than some of the other options, we are helping ensure that the architects get fair compensation for the work they have been doing, and the hours they have been putting into their craft.
I want to learn more about Passion Plans – where can I do that?
We have a whole section dedicated to you getting to know us better as a company and to see what it is we stand for, as well as learn about our values. If you go to the “About us” section, it is easy for you to learn how we strive to become better, and not just have a sincere impact on the transparency in the industry, but also make it easier for architects to sell their house plans online.
I am an architect – what is the easiest way to start selling my house plans on your platform?
The easiest way for you to sell your house plans to our rapidly growing audience is by getting in contact with us to see if there is a fit in terms of what it is you are trying to achieve, as well as whether it works with the direction that we are trying to take the platform in. Since we are obviously investing heavily in improving the platform, it is also important for us that we work with architects that have the same vision for the site, as well as ones that share our values. We do encourage you to read our “About us” section to see what it is we look for when we start our initial talks with architects before starting to starting to promote their house plans to our audience. We would unfortunately rather skip working with someone than work with someone we don’t feel align with our quality standards and values.
Where can I find more information on what I am allowed to do once I purchase the plans?
We have a bunch of resources meant to help better understand what it is you are buying, what you are allowed to do with the licenses associated with your purchase and how to best take the next step after you purchase from us.
We do understand that some of our users might prefer if our restrictions were less strict, but we are working hard to ensure the intellectual property and copyrights of the partners we are working with, and while we want you to be happy with the purchase you make, we also want to provide adequate protection for our partners. We invite you to read our terms & conditions as well.
How can I design my own house plans?
That is a really great question, and while we would love for you to fully design the home that you are building, we have made a decision that we are not going to go down the route of offering software that may enable you to fully design your own home. Instead, we offer a bunch of options where we are trying to ensure there is an option that fits every family’s needs.
We see certain advantages doing it like that rather than letting you design everything from the ground up. First of all, you are saving time since you don’t have to individually figure out the inner workings of some software that you may only use once before never seeing it again. Secondly, while you may think that there are certain things that would be great to include in a home, they simply may not be feasible to actually try and include, and a trained architect will therefore be a lot more likely to know what works better. Third, house plans designed by trained architects are a lot more likely to be accepted by your county’s local building division than if you start creating ones yourself, why you will save time and money on obtaining the necessary licenses. Fourth, besides evaluating what is in fact feasible, an architect will better be able to create house plans in the most convenient way possible, too, and incorporate as many of your wishes into the final designs as possible. You’re both saving a bunch of time going with one of the options we have available on the site, but you are also a lot more likely to avoid crucial mistakes that would otherwise likely delay your projects for months. Are you really ready to spend months figuring out advanced software simply to have to subsequently be battling with local building authorities over why they won’t allow your dream to come true?
How much does it cost to have house plans drawn up?
If you go out and get an architect to draw up custom house plans for you, it will easily end up costing you more than $15,000, and that is assuming that you are fairly confident in what exactly it is that you want and avoid having to do many rounds of revisions on the design that you and the architect agree on. Every single time you ask for changes, you can expect that the price is increasing, because it will require that the architects sits down again and figures out what the best way is for them to implement the changes you want to have done to the designs.
What drawings are included in a typical set of house plans?
In order to better understand the various things that are included in the sets that we are selling, please refer to our page on “what’s included”, where you can see the various things you can be expecting when you buy drawings from us so that you don’t end up with any unfortunate surprises. If you have any questions before you choose to buy, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our team who will better be able to assist in answering your specific questions.
How much does it cost to modify house plans?
The cost of having modifications done to existing house plans on our website starts at $500 but will entirely depend on what exactly it is that you want to have done. We will unfortunately often come across users that think that it is easy to implement the changes they are suggesting, where they don’t realize that they are suddenly asking to have a small castle turned into a 2 bedroom row house. While some changes are easier to make than others, you should know that it is always more difficult to scale things down than up. When you are trying to make things smaller than what they currently are, you require that all the other elements be adjusted to fit as well.
Who draws the house plans available on your platform?
We curate the different house plans that we have available on this site from a host of different architects from all over the world. We personally find it exciting that our business allows us to work with skilled people across the world, and that our team isn’t confined to a specific geographic location.
Rest assured that we have a thorough vetting process of the architects that we work with and that we are only working with people that we believe live up to the reputation that we are working on building in the industry.
How much do other architects charge for house plans?
If you are concerned with the prices that we charge on this platform, we encourage you to visit other comparable platforms too and see what they charge for similar products, and if you find a better value proposition on those websites, we encourage you to buy from them instead. Our goal is not to sell as many house plans as possible, but rather to help you ensure you are getting the home you always dreamed of.
How do I navigate the platform?
You can easily use the links in the navigational bar at the top of the page to find the category that you are looking for, or you can simply use the search bar. The links that we have chosen to include represents the most popular categories that we are currently offering on the site.
While we work with talented individuals in order to produce the products available on this platform, we cannot ensure that they live up to the individual building codes in your local county. We do tend to find that local counties sometimes have absolutely strange requirements. While we do strive to make plans that you can easily get a license to build, we won’t make a promise that your local building department may not have strange requirements that we couldn’t possibly know about.
What are some of the advantage to using this platform rather than contacting an architect and working with them instead?
While there are a lot of reasons why you may choose to work with an architect directly and have your house plans drawn from scratch, there are also reasons why you may choose to consider what it is that we offer on this platform. One of the most obvious reasons include the cost of the product that you end up getting. There is no denying that you will end up spending a significantly larger amount of money if you have house plans drawn from scratch as opposed to buying one of the options that we make available on the platform. Working with an architect may be right for some homeowners, and it may be right if you have some very specific reason why you want to go down that path. For instance, working with an architect will allow you to not just create a unique solution but one that is tailored to your very specific needs. However, if you want something that is still unique, but where you save money as well, you can work with one of the architects that we work with, and you can have house plans adjusted for the specific needs that you have.
There are a lot of other advantages to using our platform instead of having an architect draw up a house from scratch and that includes the fact that we have renderings of a lot of the products that are available here, making it significantly easier for you to get an impression of how big the house will be and what some of the possibilities would be like in that house. If you don’t get renderings generated of the house, it might be very hard for you to get a proper understanding of the various possibilities. Sure, you can get an architect to produce renderings of the house that they designed, but if you are making changes again afterwards, it may not be a simple task to also update the renderings and make sure that the architect was able to achieve what it was that you wanted to achieve.
The renderings help you realize what different house models will be like to live in, somewhat similar to houses being staged when they are being sold. It will help its future inhabitant better understand the possibilities and limitations of the space. If you browse our site, you will find that a lot of the different house plans may have both image renderings, video walkthroughs and 3D walkthroughs available, almost making it possible for you to feel as if you are standing in the middle of the house, while you haven’t even started obtaining licenses or any part of the construction process yet. The advantage to these house renderings is that you will be able to spot very obvious flaws that you might otherwise encounter when you start building the house. Chances are that if you start making changes to the house midway through construction, you will both end up delaying the construction process, but you could also have to spend significantly larger amounts of money remedying some of the construction mistakes that were made along the way in order to bring the house to the final stage that you want it to be in. If you suddenly find out that you really want one of the bedrooms to be bigger, you would need to make changes to the entire process, and you would likely need to reapply for building permits, which could set back the entire process several months.
One of the advantages to browsing all the various options that we have here rather than starting your talks with an architect is that you choose yourself how long of a period of time that you want to have before you start committing to an idea. You can browse all the different options that we have available before you start narrowing down what type of house that you want to move forward with. If you start working with an architect, you might have to make up your mind fairly quickly, at which point the architect would then start the various drawings. If you find out at a later stage that you would want changes to be made, you can then go ahead and have the product changed, however this would additional time and cost to the project, as opposed to spending longer figuring out your needs beforehand. Even if you decide that you want to go ahead and hire an architect and start from the ground up, it’s a good idea that you at least make sure the various features that you are hoping to incorporate into the design. The easiest way to get a good sense of what those features may be is by visiting the designs that we have already shared online. Every time you see a feature that you like for a specific house design is by writing it down and compiling a list. When you approach an architect, be sure that you both understand the process that they go through in ensuring that you get exactly what it is you want to build, but make sure that you have also found an architect who has enough experience with exactly the type of style that you want for your home. If you want a modern home, it’s important that you also find an architect that has experience with such homes, and that you check out their portfolio of previous projects. If you want to build a mansion, you should make sure that you are hiring an architect that has experience with these impressive buildings.
Before choosing the right architect, make sure that you have considered all the various aspects of working with one, and make sure that you have done your research in finding the one who is perfect for your home as well. While we do help homeowners directly with architects, our strength lies in making homes that may help make dreams come true for bigger amounts of people. We’d be happy to either consult for you, or otherwise help you along your journey, but before you choose to work with an architect, whether it is our architect or another one, we want you to have a good understanding of what the process includes. We want you to make sure that you understand the philosophy that the architect lives by, so that you don’t suddenly end up with a project that may have a ton of features that you in fact do not appreciate that will significantly increase the cost of your project.
What should you be considering when you are finding the ideal house plans for you and your family?
There are a lot of different considerations to keep in mind when you first start looking for the ideal house plans for you and your family. All families are unique with their unique needs, why we have a massive selection to go through, which hopefully has something that matches the needs of every single family.
It may be that you want a 4 bedroom option, where you want the master suite to be on the main floor, where another family that might be a lot like yours would in fact prefer a design where the master suite is on the top floor instead. Having a master suite on the first floor has its own advantages like increased privacy, whereas having it on the main floor has other benefits, and these are all considerations you will need to go over when you’re making up your mind. For instance, if you are planning on staying in the home for a long time, and you and your spouse may be starting to get slightly older, the increased accessibility of not having to climb the stairs in order to go to the master suite, may be preferred. The location of the master suite is simply one of the aspects that you will need to consider, however for the rest of this section, we’ll go over some of the aspects that you may be interested in adding to your own list. As mentioned, one factor that is important for your perfect home may not be the same as what your neighbor would really like to include if they were the ones building a house.
While the house plans provide the foundation upon which you are building, it is still the framework that the contractor will be working from. You will still need to figure out a range of details that will not be specified in the house plans, such as the style of the kitchen and the various finishes, but the outer framework is important to have done correctly so that you can focus on all the smaller details at a later point.
Should you choose to consider other venues for your house plans, whether it is another platform like ours or you are having an architect draw up the house from scratch, it is important that you get high quality blueprints that are easy for a contractor to work from, but also easy to get approved by your local building department.
We always encourage our users to consider the type of lifestyle that they have and the one that they are trying to have, when they are on the lookout to start the process of building their future home. If you want the life of a bachelor, you may want some of the features that you would usually associate with a bachelor pad, such as a good place to put a hot tub. If you are seeking out moving your family to the home that you are building, and you have two kids, you may be more interested in making sure that the master suite that you will be sleeping in has the amount of privacy and features that you desire.
There needs to be harmony between the things that you want to achieve and the house that you are looking to build – your lifestyle is a big consideration for that. The most important thing you can do is to close your eyes and let your imagination wander. What are the things that you see in front of you, when it comes to the house that you’re living in. Is it high ceilings that you are hoping to include in your home, and are the things you are imagining managing to satisfy the various needs that you have?
You can split the features associated with lifestyle into different buckets. One bucket is entertainment, one bucket is practical, and one bucket is for relaxation. Make sure that you have all the important categories covered.
The next thing on our list for you to consider is the level of privacy that you want in your home, as well as the way it is done. We previously mentioned the bedroom example, but it could also be that you have other privacy concerns that are important to you. It could be that you like to do yoga at your home, and want to be able to do it, while you still feel like you have the privacy that ensures that your neighbor isn’t able to see you doing it. For instance, it could just be that you wanted a 3-story home that has an outdoor section at the top where you could do your yoga, as well as sunbathe if that is what you desire. This would be an easy way to increase the level of privacy that you have for a bunch of activities, without the need to necessarily have a massive plot of land. It would also keep you from necessarily having to put up a massive fence around your property.
The next thing on the list for us to talk about is the property that you will be building on. While you may not have bought the plot of land already, a lot of our users already know where they will be building, and now they just need to figure out what exactly it is that they’re building. The position of the sun, walkways, the slope of the property and many other things are important to consider. Whether you’re building on a corner lot or not can make an influence on the style of the home that you are building, and where the different elements are located compared to each other. There may also be certain aspects of the property that may just rule out some of the designs that we offer. For instance, if you’re operation with a narrow lot, you can obviously not build an expansive Mediterranean home.
While we have talked a lot about making sure that a home has the various features that are needed, you might also want to ensure that you have enough space for the furniture that you are choosing to use, but that you also have enough space in each room. It would be a shame to have to buy entirely new furniture if you were counting on using the furniture you already have.