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Building an Affordable House, Second Edition, is now available to ORDER!

From a landmark article two decades ago to a bestselling book, my passion for affordable construction has evolved into a comprehensive guide, ‘Building an Affordable House.’ The overwhelming response to the initial article led to the first edition’s success, prompting a second edition. This upcoming release delves deep into cost-effective building in today’s economic landscape, offering fresh insights and practical advice. 

Building an Affordable House, 2nd edition provides an updated sensibility to the building decisions every homeowner must make in today’s challenging construction environment, whether they are building a brand-new house or renovating one they love. 

This update (long overdue after 17 years) includes 

  • all new code information 
  • techniques that honor sustainable building practices
  • cost-saving methods that are safe and effective 

This book reveals the secrets of building better for less and developing your own cost-cutting approach that balances marketability, quality, and price.







On the Job with Don Fernando​

Why Buy Our Plans?

At this site, you will not find hundreds of plans. You will find a few of plans that we have built hundreds of times. We have refined the details, included notes useful to construction and a project manual with material and shopping lists. We can answer questions and advise you on your project. Each plan reflects the process and approach described in “Building an Affordable House.” We do not design plans for sale, we design them for construction.

Our Floor Plans…

The 1,600 square foot AG1 and BG1 plans with three or four bedrooms and two baths represent our bestselling models. We build these for about $95.00 a square foot in the Midwest. The plans provide an efficient, cost-effective design with excellent curb appeal.