Economical house plans are what most of us are looking for when we want to purchase plans. The reality of this decision though is that you don't want to skimp on plans that will end up costing you more in the end.
One way to get affordable house plans is to have a clear understanding of what you will need from the designer. As with any business, the more time that is involved, the more money it will cost you.
With this in mind, consider doing some of your own legwork. This can start on your building site (that is, the land you will build on). When a designer is planning your house, they will need to be able to design your foundation to conform to your local codes.
This presents an opportunity for you to go to your building department and get a copy of the local regulations. You can then find out what type of site challenges your site has. Is it wet? Is it heavily sloped? If you can determine some of these factors before a designer becomes involved, you can save some money.
Setbacks are another thing you can determine before a designer. These measurements will be available from your building department and can guide you in your selection of house dimensions. There is no sense designing a house that will violate setback restrictions.
After these types of upfront research, you can also save money by deciding what types of services you want from the designer. Basic structural plans will provide you with the required material to get a building permit and accurate bids from a builder. Additional things such as finishing materials, landscaping plans, and the like will add cost to the plans.
The more that you can do as an informed consumer, the more you can save on a set of plans.