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Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to frequently asked questions below. Learn about the HOME drafting process, costs, what is included in the plans, and how to get started. Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any questions. We are happy to help you get your questions answered and your project started! 

See answers to frequently asked questions below. Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any questions. We are happy to help you get your questions answered and your project started! 

HOME Custom Design uses a Three(3) Phase Process when designing your new HOME. During Phase 1, the Draftsman/Designer and Owner will define the house that will be designed during Phases 2 - 3.

Phase One (1):

  • Initial meeting with the Owner to collect all existing information about the proposed house such as floor plans, sketches and ideas that the Owner already has.
  • Review of house requirements including size, number and type of rooms, style, number of stories, elevations, basement and garage requirements.

Phase Two (2):

Using the Owner’s provided details, the Draftsman/Designer will put together a simple main floor layout and have the Owner review it, giving the Owner the opportunity to adjust the main floor plan. After this initial layout, the Owner will receive two opportunities to adjust the plan.

After the main floor plan is finalized, the upper floor (if applicable) is laid out. The Owner will receive the opportunity to review and adjust this plan twice.

After the upper floor is finalized, the basement (if applicable) is laid out. The Owner will receive the opportunity to review and adjust this plan twice.

After the floor plans are finalized, the Draftsman/Designer will construct the elevations. The Owner will receive two opportunities to review and adjust the elevations before the plans are finalized. ***

As part of the final plans, the Contractor will develop an electrical plan including any specific wants or needs. A flooring layout will also be completed. **Please note, these are extras and not included in the base plan**

The last step is a plot plan. The owner will need to provide the property plat including bearing lines and dimensions. If applicable, the locations of well and septic will be located.

Once the plans are finalized, the Draftsman/Designer will send the owner the plans for final approval. After receiving the Owner’s approval, the plans will be sent out to bid, if it is desired to bid with HOME Custom Design, otherwise the plans will be sent to the Owner for their use.

During each step of the drafting process, the Draftsman/Designer limits the sets of revisions to two (2). This allows the drafting team to efficiently deliver the plans in a timely manner. The Owner can make any number of changes with each revision. If additional sets of revisions are necessary, additional fees will be applicable.

Base Plan

  • Cover page with General Construction Notes, Building Location, 3D image, and House Size.
  • Site plan with Setbacks and Lot Layout. (Plot Plan will need to be obtained by the Owner from the proper local entity for the Contractor’s use)
  • Floor Plans with General Notes.
  • Roof Layout
  • Foundation Plan with General Notes.
  • Detailed Exterior Elevations
  • Building Sections


  • Detailed Interior Wall/Cabinet Elevations (If applicable) (Extra)
  • Electrical Plan (Outlets, Lights, Switches, etc.) (If applicable) (Extra)
  • Flooring Plan (Flooring Types with Areas) (If applicable) (Extra)

Our plans DO NOT include an Engineering Package. We are happy to help you find a local engineer. We have a list of engineers that we have worked within the past. Please note that whomever you choose needs to be licensed in the state in which you are building. You are responsible for any additional fees required from an Engineer.

HOME Custom Design will provide the client with two full printed sets of 18”x24” (Arch C) plans as well as a PDF copy.

In the case the project design will not fit on 18”x 24” (Arch C) plans the designer will provide the necessary larger size 24”x36” (ARCH D) plan (2 full sets) to the client at an additional cost. (Due to the added costs for extra paper and ink)


Engineering is an OPTIONAL EXTRA that may potentially be required depending on local building regulations. The costs of an engineering package will vary based on the plan size and detail. To determine these costs, we would first send your plan to an engineer for an estimated cost and will only proceed forward when the estimated cost is approved by you. You may choose at first to not have engineering done but in order to receive building permits per local regulations. The costs that can typically be affected are foundation costs, lumber costs, and framing labor costs. We are more than happy to proceed without, but it is a great option to have before to try and mitigate any extra cost the engineered set may add. 

Please contact us to discuss costs in further detail.

  • Gather Your Ideas
  • Decide what are needs and wants - Prioritize what is important to you.
  • Go Pinterest Crazy - Create a board for inspiration
  • Take photographs of things you like in other HOMES
  • Start thinking outside the box
  • Make an Appointment
  • Share your ideas and inspirations
  • Be open to suggestions
  • Let the creativity flow

If you've found a plan you almost love, but want to make a few alterations, stop by and see us. We'll be happy to make the changes you'd like to make even if it isn't one of our original plans!

  • Square footage needs vs. wants (budget friendly) (adding space adds costs to the HOME)
  • Ceiling Heights
  • Ceiling Vaults/Trays
  • Window Sizes/Functions
  • Bonus Rooms
  • Covered/Uncovered Patios
  • Cold Storage
  • Basement/Crawl Space/Slab Foundation
  • Finished/UNfinished Basement
  • HOA Requirements

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We are dedicated to giving you the best service possible. There is a reason why we are called the number one custom home builders in Idaho Falls, and soon enough you'll know why. Building quality homes is our specialty, and we look forward to working with you!