Top 12 Things to Include in your Plot Plan

Plot plans are used for zoning, permitting, marketing, real estate transactions, and informational purposes, and details included in a plot plan will differ based on the intended use. That said, all plot plans aka site plans should include these 12 essential features: Property Boundaries Property lines with dimensions give the viewer an understanding of the scope of the plot including its shape and size. Without them, plots of 1 acre and 10 acres might be indistinguishable when both are shown in 11”x17” plot plan drawings. Of course, these lines and dimensions are required when your plot plan is used to obtain approval and permits or for legal purposes.   […]

By | July 15th, 2018|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Real Estate Marketing Plans Cost – Do You Need a Real Estate Marketing Plan?

A visual representation of a home, commercial property or development is a critical piece of a complete marketing package. It allows potential buyers and lessees to see what’s taking shape before it is completed or to keep new and existing properties fresh in mind as they browse their other options. These drawings are called real estate marketing plans, a type of site plan designed to show to best advantage the property you are promoting. Why Get a Real Estate Marketing Plan? A real estate marketing plan, both printed and digital, promotes your property: At open houses In online and print media On signage onsite and in sales offices In email marketing and social media In one-to-one presentations and showings As part of a complete residential or commercial marketing package […]

By | June 7th, 2018|Real Estate Plans|0 Comments

Custom Floor Plan Cost: 2D and 3D Floor Plans

Floor plans are produced before a home or building is constructed or when major renovations are planned. This guide discusses the purpose of a floor plan, where to have them produced and floor plan cost. What is a Floor Plan? A floor plan is a visual representation, drawn from above, to show a single floor layout in a home or commercial building. It is drawn to scale, such as 1:48 (1/4” = 1 ft.) or 1:24 (1/2” = 1 ft.) for precise planning of the layout and to understand furnishing size limitations. 3D Floor Plan Photo Render […]

By | May 23rd, 2018|Floor Plans|0 Comments

3D Photorealistic Renders Cost: Interior, Exterior, Aerial Renders

Your vision take shape with 3D photorealistic rendering in full color and as much detail as you want. 3D photo render The technology is also called 3D photo realistic and photo-realistic rendering or simply 3D rendering. 3D Photorealistic Render Cost We get into the details of a 3D rendering’s purpose and where you can have one produced. First, here is a 3D photorealistic rendering cost table and factors that affect price. 3D Render Type Standard Res High Res Rush order Floor Plan $300-$1,100+ Add $25-$100 Add $50-$100 Interior $300-$1,100+ Add $25-$100 Add $50-$100 Exterior $435-$1,250+ Add $25-$100 Add $50-$100 Aerial $335-$1,400+ Add $25-$100 Add $50-$100 Product/Object $395-$1,500+ Add 10-20% Add $50-$100   These are broad price ranges. Here are the factors that determine what your price will be. […]

By | May 11th, 2018|3D Renders|0 Comments

Top 20 Shipping Container Home Designs and their Costs 2018

There is a hot new trend: shipping container homes. Basically, you modify and re-purpose used shipping containers and stick them together to build a house. Architects, designers and builders have actually found a way to transform big boxes of steel into beautiful and fully-functional homes. With proper planning, you can endeavor to design and build a luxurious house for half the price of a “normal” house. 🙂 Let’s talk a bit about the costs of building a shipping container house. Base cost to build per container: There are two standard sizes for shipping containers: 20 x 8 x 8 ft. covering a surface of 160 sq. ft. and 40 x 8 x 8 with a surface of 320 sq. ft. A used 20-footer costs anywhere between $1,400 and $2,800, whereas a 40-footer costs $3,500 – $4,500. You will also have to pay for labor (about $50-$150 per hour) and for the modifications needed to make the container livable. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for labor, more likely $15,000. There are prefabricated shipping container houses sold for as little as $15,000. A big and luxurious house made of shipping containers can cost more than $200,000, but this is one half of the price of a regular construction that has the same size. Green Home Via Digital Trends With a surface of 2,000 sq. ft., this house combines the industrial design on the outside with a walnut finish on the inside. The floors are made of concrete and the dual-pane aluminum windows provide natural light all year round. The house has 5 separate decks to enjoy the sun while eating outside, tanning or simply standing still to enjoy the view. You would probably have to pay about $150,000-$200,000 (estimated) for a metal container house this big. Compared to the $300K required to build a normal house with the same dimension. We think metal containers sound quite attractive at this point. 😉 Container Guesthouse Via Digital Trends The costs to build this 1,000 sq. ft. house rise up to $40,000 – $80,000 (estimated). They used 2 x 40 ft. containers and added large windows to make the house look very spacious. This will get your mind off the fact that it’s made of metal containers. Although you can’t tell from this picture, the house is located near a 2-million people city: San Jose, Costa Rica. This is a great way to build the house of your dreams without burying yourself in debt. Any young married couple who bought a house agrees their life became a lot more difficult after getting a loan of $300K+, so why would you do the same when there is a more affordable way? You have to be open minded though about the whole shipping containers idea. Green and black containers house Via Digital Trends Located in France, this house measures 1,119 sq. ft. and is made of two metal containers positioned on top of each other. Maybe you don’t like the green color, but this is not a reason to dislike this design. Remember that you are free to paint it in whatever color you want. Besides, you have to appreciate the desire of architects to make the construction look as if it defies the laws of physics. Inside, you will see the house looks like any other one: wooden floor, white walls, and a comfortable sofa in the living room. If you go upstairs you will find the bedroom that has a door (or window, you can’t tell for sure from the picture) that leads to the top of the first container. You can put grass there or add a chaise lounge to get a tan during hot summer days. PV14 house Via PV14 house Here’s what a guy from Dallas, Texas, managed to build; an impressive house comprised of 14 steel shipping containers designed and built for around $350,000 – $490,000 (estimated total cost to build). It has an impressive surface of 3,700 sq. ft., featuring 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a garage large enough to fit 2 cars, and a roof deck. There is also a study that the owner (who is an architect) probably uses for late night work. You must admit that the design is innovative. You can barely tell the walls are made of metal. On the other hand, your bank account would definitely tell if you were to build a regular 3,700 sq. ft. house with pool. PV14 House interior by Wade Griffith Photography […]

What is a Site Plan? 12 Elements of a Smart Plot Plan, Plus a Floor Plan vs. a Site Plan — What’s the Difference?

Home and property improvements can result in significant changes to your residence and outdoor space including landscaping and backyard. Whether you do the work yourself or hire an architect, builder, or a contractor, the desired change to your property normally starts with a plan. And part of that plan is knowing the existing territory and layout of your property and understanding how it will be improved or altered. — This is where a site plan also known as a plot plan comes into the picture. In a Nutshell A site plan is a readable map or a residential diagram depicting the plot of land on which the house sits, along with landscape topography and any exterior features or structures such as a detached garage, in-ground swimming pool, large trees, fencing, utility poles and power lines, driveways, easements, etc. […]

By | April 30th, 2018|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Land Sub-Division Costs, Plans, and Permits for Residential and Commercial Development Projects

This land subdivision guide provides an overview of the steps required to take your land subdivision for a residential or commercial development project from the drawing board to reality. A sub-division or subdivision is a parcel of land of significant size split from a larger tract. The subdivision might be divided into smaller parcels for residential or commercial development or a blend of both. The focus of this guide is commercial development projects, but the principles will apply to larger residential developments, as well. Here are the most common commercial development project types: Business Parks, Office Buildings, Retail Parks, Shopping Malls/Districts, Municipalities, Private Businesses, and Warehouse Districts. […]

By | April 20th, 2018|Land Development, Land Subdivision, Land Surveys|0 Comments

Where Can I Get a Site Plan of My Property?

It’s very likely a site plan has been produced for your property. You’ll need it to apply for a building permit for things like an addition, deck or shed. If you’re selling your property, your realtor might want to have a plot plan to help market your home. A site plan, also called a plot plan, is a drawing of your property that shows its dimensions, structures and physical features. Where to Find a Site Plan Here’s where you might locate your plot plan. If it doesn’t turn up, or if you need a new one to reflect changes made to your property, the good news is that one can be produced very affordably. We’ll show you where to get one made. […]

By | March 13th, 2018|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Cost to Build a Net-Zero Energy Home in 2018

Every year, net zero homes are built across North America at costs about 10% higher than the price of energy-hungry homes built to code. That is a fact. Components of a net-zero energy home via Heartland Homes With energy savings of $125-$200 per month, zero-energy homes quickly recoup the extra cost involved. From that point, the ROI is 100%-plus! The Cost of a Zero Energy vs. Standard Homes Many are skeptical of the claims that zero-energy homes can be built affordably. The details are below, but here’s the bottom line, for today’s average 2,400 new-construction home: Standard home: $240,000 Net zero energy home: $263,500 Here it is by the square foot, so you can apply it to any size home you are considering: Standard home construction costs: $100/square foot Net zero energy home construction costs: $109.80/square foot Let’s see how this is done. We’ll look at: Green or Energy Star vs. Net-zero homes Costs common to all home construction Upgrades that allow a home to be energy-neutral Ways to save money on net zero home construction costs […]

Do I Need a Building Permit for My Home Improvement Project?

Why are building permits required for home improvements? When are they needed? How can property owners best navigate the quirks of the permitting process? Building permits often rank right down there with doing your taxes, or going to the dentist. They are also just as important. It is essential for homeowners to understand the need for permits, when they are needed, and the penalties of trying to make changes to a property without approval. Here’s what you need to know… […]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Building Permits|3 Comments