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Planning a custom home is one of the best long-term investments you can make. A well planned and designed home not only affects how your home looks and functions for years to come, but can ultimately impact its value as well.

Planning Your Dream Home
At Planco, Inc., we'll help you make your first steps toward building the home of your dreams. We take the time to understand your goals for your new home, then work with you to come up with a set of plans that satisfies your needs, stays within your budget and reflects your desires. Planning is an important step; when your house plans are clear and contain the necessary information, they can help the whole building process run more smoothly.

Getting Started
To begin the planning process, you'll first want to think about the home you want to live in. Below are some guidelines to get you started. Giving these questions some thought prior to your first appointment will provide us with a good sense of direction. The more specific you are, the more closely we can match your ideals, but we will also help you determine any details and offer options and suggestions.

  • What style of house are you looking for (Rambler, split level, 2 story)?
  • How many bedrooms/rooms will you need?
  • How many square feet do you need?
  • Do you have a lot that you own or have one on hold? If so, does your lot restrict the design of your home?
  • What is your budget?

Ready to take a step in making your dream a reality? Call us at 651-452-0724 or 1-877-599-0760 to set up your first appointment. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged by request.

Initial Meeting
At your first meeting, we'll discuss your needs and ideas, gather information and present some possible concepts to you. To help this process, we welcome any pictures or sketches of things you would like to incorporate. At this stage, we will also plan costs, establish a timeline for preliminary plans, and collect a retainer. Due to the variety and complexity of today's home plans, the cost of the plan is given at the first meeting after discussing the size, style and requirements.

What's In Your Plan
The evolution of your plan is as follows:

  1. Concept Plan: Sketch of the Front Elevation, a sketch of the Floor Plans, square footage and overall size is determined. Windows and doors are shown but size is not necessarily determined. At times a Concept Plan may not be necessary.

  2. Preliminary Plan: This consists of a Front Elevation, the Floor Plans and a rough Basement Plan. The Preliminary Plan will include overall dimenstions, window numbers, door sizes and the square footage of the house. This is, for most builders, enough information to provide you an estimated total cost of the project.

  3. Revisions: After you have received an initial building estimate, you may want to add to your plan or scale back. We will make revisions based on the preliminary plan for your review.

  4. Final Plan: The final set of plans will include: all Elevations (front, sides and rear), all Floor Plans, Basement Plan, Cross Sections and a Roof Plan (if required). On the final set of plans all revisions will have been made and all structural information will be included.

Once the plan has been finalized, it can be submitted to the city building inspector to obtain a building permit and work can begin on your new home!

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