New Book!

Fernando Pagés Ruiz shares his hard-won secrets, revealing the full range of money-saving options available to homeowners today. The author developed many of the techniques described in Affordable Remodeling working on his own properties over a storied 30-year career. Other techniques he learned by interviewing top remodeling contractors around the country. With the power of insider knowledge, readers too can achieve the home of their dreams without budget-busting expenses. Ruiz simplifies the frustrating complexities of remodeling and points out the sometimes obvious, often hidden, but always effective ways to cut costs.

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Welcome To
Building Affordable

The classic and comprehensive guide to high-quality, but low-cost construction.  Building an Affordable House describes an economical approach for building a new home, and includes floor plan tips, material sparing techniques, and project management tools. Used as a text at the Peter Kiewit Institute school for Architectural Engineering and at Habitat for Humanity, this is a serious work that will help you realize serious savings.

With a forward by Andrés Duany and an afterword by Steven Mouzon, the Architecture of Traditional Neighborhoods streamlines and simplifies the principles of traditional neighborhood development with practical examples and suggestions. To make traditional architecture  affordable, the book includes a chapter on using modern materials for the traditional exteriors coveted by homebuyers.

DON’T MISS MY ARCHITECTURAL SPECIFICATION GUIDE FOR VINYL SIDING By putting the power of good design details and recommended installation practices within your aesthetic control, you can take advantage of the cost benefits of Architectural Polymers without compromising your architectural intent. This book offers you downloadable CAD and SketchUp models to use as well as specification templates and even a neighborhood design code in editable formats.
A step-by-step guide to shallow foundation design, construction, and repair by someone who has built many.

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.