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Oct 20

Architecture – House models designed by me

What would be better for YOU than a house designed specially for YOU?
I design custom floor plans according your needs starting at $10 per room!

People from all countries are welcome! But there is a note for India customers.

Provide your land dimensions, number of bedrooms, and other details via LIVE CHAT or leave a comment.

Since 2010 I designed few hundred houses from personal interest or at customer request. This page display some of the best house designs, in simplified form. Detailed drawings (fully-dimensioned floor plans, elevations, sections, 3D design, etc) will be designed at request. All paying customers get PDF or DWG files.

You can purchase DWG files. Architects and students in final year are invited for potential collaboration!

Home for JUN (Philippines)

Do you dream a 4 bedroom house but you own just 70 sqm land? No problem at Teoalida Design! My client’s property was 4.7 × 15.2 meters north-facing in a rural area and I designed in AutoCAD a masterpiece in terms of space efficiency, 88 sqm floor area, plus car park and roof terrace. The client wanted a minimalist modern style without decorations, the 3D design is ugly in my opinion, but he was happy. Made in December 2013.

3D house design front view House for JUN (Philippines) 3D house design back view

Nigeria narrow house 5-bedroom 300 sqm

3D cubist house design front view 3D cubist house design rear view

My client had a narrow lot 8.6 m at front, 7.4 m at back, 36 meters depth, facing east, which posed a challenge in designing a nice house measuring 6 x 28 meters. Bedrooms facing front and sides but not to rear to avoid afternoon sun. There is a fashion in Nigeria to build houses made from a mix of cubes in vibrant colors, upper floor in overhang to create a more interesting shape. Contacted me in March 2016, final project designed in June 2016.

Narrow house for Nigeria

African modernity 5-bedroom 270 sqm

My client from Uganda wanted an extravagant house different than what is common in his country (houses with pitched roof). A modern house with large balconies and roof terrace, he insisted the house to be rectangular (I initially disagreed with this, modern houses should have complex shapes).

Lot size 20x30m, main road on west side and minor road on south side, the house had to be beautiful on west side but in the same time the afternoon sun had to be avoided, so I designed the small bedrooms to be facing north and south and added balcony on west side to cover the sun, master bedroom is again facing south but also have windows on east side to get morning sun. The actual project will have metal balcony rail instead of glass. AutoCAD design in April 2015.

3D modern house design front view 3D modern house design rear view
House for Uganda

House design for north-facing lot in Europe

In temperate countries from Northern Europe, people try to get as much sun heat is possible, thus south-facing lots are sold at a premium price. However my customer lot was facing north, but this did not turned into a problem in making a beautiful floor plan in AutoCAD. Requirements: 3-bedroom + garage in about 180 sqm gross floor area.

House proposal for a customer in Lithuania

Terrace Modern 300+ sqm

Luxury house design in 6-meter frontage, 4-storey terraced house, which works also as semi-detached house. 5 bedrooms, 4 with en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, big family room on fourth floor and a smaller one on third floor, roof terrace, private lift and swimming pool. Do you want more luxury features? With 144 and 192 sqm land plots, max possible density is 52 houses / hectare.

Designed in February 2011 for artistic purpose (no customer). Inspired from Singapore! (here even rich families own just one car). Notice how I mixed each 3-color group (red-green-blue / yellow-cyan-magenta)?

Terrace Modern housing complex, street view Terrace Modern House floor plan Terrace Modern housing complex, aerial view

Home for Shwan (Iraq)

Shwan from Iraq was one of my first paying customers. I provided a high-detailed, fully-dimensioned architecture drawings, elevation and cross section, and as he wanted, I “delivered” in PDF format 6 sheets for printing on A4 paper.

Credits to customer for the idea of Arab-style floor plan, very different compared with the styles that I was familiarized with (he provided me a scanned paper with a shitty sketch and I converted it into a beautiful by-law drawing). Designed in June 2013.

Photo of his home from May 2014. He slightly deviated from my project, to make the facade more massive.

House for Shwan (Iraq) Shwan's House

Terrace Classic 250+ sqm

Luxury multi family housing complex, 3-storey terraced houses with basement parking and neoclassic facade, which works also as semi-detached houses. 4 spacious bedrooms, all with attached bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, family room in basement and private lift.

This, together with Semi-Detached Mixed, were first houses from 2010 era, designed in AutoCAD for artistic purpose (no specific customer).

One year later I decided to continue the project, by arranging the houses in a Condo-style with 80 houses and shared pool. Complex size: 100 x 135 metres, density 59.26 houses per hectare. House design inspired from Singapore!

Terrace Classic housing complex, street view Terrace Classic house floor plan, 4 floors, 4 bedrooms, lift Terrace Classic housing complex, aerial view

Shotgun house, narrow semi-detached house

Shotgun house is originating from New Orleans and common in south states from 1830s to 1920s, single-story, 3-4 meters wide and 20+ meters long, having 3-5 rooms in row, entrances in the endmost rooms and no hallways. They can be found both detached and semi-detached (double barrel shotgun house).

In August 2014 I got a customer in Nigeria who wanted to build 2 units of semi-detached in a 60 x 120 feet land… I designed for him a sketch inspired from American shotgun homes, improved with hallways. Customer said that will come back in a week and pay for complete project… but this never happened.

Got a personal interest for this type of house to publish it on website, so I improved the sketch, adding a 4th bedroom in front, making it 5 meters wide and 26 meters long. In 2016 I further lengthened it to 28 meters, adding laundry room, and designed AutoCAD 3D model voluntarily.

2-bedroom version made in 2015 after someone else’s sketch.

Shotgun Home front view Shotgun Home side view
Shotgun Home 2 bed Shotgun Home 4 bed

Split-level house 150 sqm

Example of split-level home with 3 bedroom, 2 bath, garage, and minimum of hallways, being 7 meters wide is probably a good home plan for narrow lots with 10 meters frontage.

I made this house for a friend from Romania in 2011, it was inspired by a real house that I visited several years ago, for my customer I improved it by adding en-suite bath and balcony.

Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage Split-level home with 3 bedrooms and garage

Philippines Townhouse Series – 30-80 sqm

In December 2012 I made a sketch for a filipino customer intending to build 4 rowhouses on 24 x 14 meters plot. For publishing on website I redesigned his sketch into smaller houses to show you how is possible to build 3-bedroom townhouse with carport in only 60 sqm land (5 x 12 m).

NOT suitable as single family home on 5-meter wide plots, a column will be needed in other side of carport too, reducing carport width to 250 cm, cars are growing and even compact cars like Toyota Corolla are now 180 cm wide, so you could not open doors. Houses built in pairs will have 5.4 meter wide carport, leaving 120 cm between cars and 30 cm between each car and wall.

Townhouse for Philippines Townhouse for Philippines, 3-bedroom Townhouse for Philippines

Feb 2013 I also tried a single-storey version, inspired from this house, smallest and shittest house plan I ever saw!

In November 2013 I designed a 4-bedroom house for JUN supposedly having a 5x14m land. Then he realized that his land size is 4.7m wide and we had to try a different layout. I turned the original sketch into a 3D artistic project, beside that I designed 3 additional floor plans in various sizes… and compiled all 5 plans in a single image!

Townhouse floor plan 4-bedroom townhouse for Philippines, 80 sqm

A common problem in Philippines is that many cheap houses use back-to-back typology, suffer from poor ventilation and lacks a washing area. The townhouses designed by me (still back-to-back) feature washing area (lanai) at rear, so cross-ventilation is possible.

Terrace Airwells 250 sqm

Medium-luxury 3-storey terrace housing development with 4/5 bedrooms plus family room and an extra maid room / guest room at first floor, postmodernist facades, gabled roof with 1:2 pitch, gross floor area 230-250 sqm, balcony above car porch (I do not know why, but this good feature is a rarely seen) and swimming pool. Arranged in clusters of 32 houses, they form a perfect rectangle 120 by 60 metres between street axis.

Inspired from Singapore and Malaysia! Designed in AutoCAD for artistic purpose in November 2010.

Terrace Airwells housing, aerial view Terrace Airwells, semi-detached versions, street view
Terrace Airwells house floor plan, 3 floors, 5-6 bedrooms

House for my own family

House for 3-generation family with granny flatThis is a modern remade of the house proposed by me when I was 12 years old, for my family of 5 (me, parents and grandparents), when decided to go living on land, this is why it feature a “granny flat” on the ground floor and 3-bedroom unit at upper floors (space for one more child), with separate entrances joined in an entry hall, plus garage.

Original design had the floor plan partially flipped to reduce costs, garage under bedrooms and bathroom near kitchens, so a single vertical pipe served all 5, and it did not included furniture planning. During my childhood I liked making symmetrical houses with central balconies and place as many rooms is possible facing street.

The dream never came true… high land prices forced us to continue living in our two apartments.

European Houses 90-200+ sqm

In March 2012 I redesigned in AutoCAD 2 of my 2010 house designs, Semi-Detached and Quadruplex-Terraced (can be seen in Housing Archive). At same time I designed European Apartments.

2/3-bedroom Terraced Mixed Housing, 2 floors, 21x10m buildings containing 4 dwelling units and one common parking per a row of 4 buildings to provide 1 parking lot per house. Having 40 meters between alleys and 120 meters between parking lanes, results a typical density of 66.67 houses per hectare.

3-bedroom Terraced Housing, 2 floors, 6x10m, 48 meters minimal distance between streets, to give a minimal 4 meters backyard (3D design shows 6 meters backyard, most houses of Europe have much longer, 10-20 meters backyards, I hate such waste of land!), max possible density 69.44 houses per hectare.

4-bedroom Semi-Detached Housing, 2 floors, 6×12 m (8m lot frontage), let’s say 6 meters backyard, results a max density of 44.64 houses per hectare.

6-bedroom Semi-Detached Housing, 3 floors 6x14m…

At least the first two are common especially in United Kingdom and Ireland but also in Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, etc.
Further research revealed that most of terraced houses in Europe have living room at rear, kitchen at front and entrance in a hallway beside kitchen. Maybe some day I will redesign them again


Malaysia single-storey houses

Designed in early 2014, posted in May 2014. Such house layouts with central living room and no hallways are popular all around South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, etc). Floor plan inspired from Malaysia but not following the laws of this country (in Malaysia you need to keep 6 meter street setback from any street line).

Rumah berkembar 2-3-4 bilik tidur Rumah berkembar 2-3-4 bilik tidur
Rumah teres 3 bilik tidur Rumah berkembar 2-3-4 bilik tidur Rumah berkembar 4 bilik tidur Rumah teres 3-4 bilik tidur

Additional single-storey house floor plans that are NOT inspired from Malaysia but are suitable for any low-income country with large plots of land.

Rumah banglo 3 bilik tidur Rumah banglo 3 bilik tidur Rumah banglo 3 bilik tidur Rumah banglo 3 bilik tidur Rumah banglo 5 bilik tidur

Malaysia two-storey houses

In early 2012 I started being fascinated by Malaysian houses, and I designed for fun few houses, I published on website 2 best Malaysia house plans in March 2012. I redesigned them in metric system in May 2014 and republished 4 terraced house styles.

Terraced houses with 4 bedrooms plus family room are most common house typology in Malaysia, houses with airwells are also common, typical frontages 6000 mm (almost 20 feet) and 6700 mm (22 feet).

Rumah teres 3 bilik tidur 110 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 160 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 130 meter persegi Rumah teres 4 bilik tidur 170 meter persegi

Malaysia / Singapore three-storey houses

The biggest house in my portfolio was Terrace Modern, which was weird since terrace houses are usually for lower-class people, so I designed a new house in Semi-Detached form in mid-2011 which was almost 400 sqm, 5 en-suite bedrooms and private lift.

I made a poll so people can vote for their favorite 3D design and in 2013 I decided to make them in 2 versions, a highly-decorated neoclassic design and an ultramodern design, each one would require about 1 week of full-time work. Did not had time for hobbies due of designing houses for customers.

Maybe in 2016 if I return in designing 3D models for artistic purposes, I will make 3D for these houses.

Rumah berkembar 5 bilik tidur 300 meter persegi Rumah berkembar 5 bilik tidur 400 meter persegi

I also attempted to design bungalows bigger than semi-detached houses. I re-made one in 2017 and published here. A nearly 500 sqm luxury house, but still a compact design that requite a land plot of minimum 18 x 30 meters (60 x 100 feet). I hardly could design such big house without exaggerating in number of rooms, so I put 7 bedrooms + maid room, and 9 bathrooms. House feature a pool, private lift, and roof terrace.

Rumah banglo 7 bilik tidur 450 meter persegi

Philippines single-storey houses 38-56 sqm

AutoCAD floor plans designed in early 2014, following the minimum room size allowed by Philippines laws: bedroom 2 m wide / 6 sqm area, bathroom 1.2 m wide (although the law allow 0.9 m wide but using toilet would be uncomfortable). If you’re lucky and able to afford a bigger lot, I can enlarge these houses or design bigger houses for individual cases.

In this country, the term Bungalow define a single-storey house, NOT a detached house with any number of floors, like in the rest of Asia.

Philippines Bungalows

Philippines double-storey houses 55-80 sqm

Many lots in Philippines are 8 meter wide, and setbacks are 1.5 m in front and side and 2 m at rear. So if you want a single detached house, you can build 5 meters wide house, like these samples for 80 and 100 sqm plots. However for lots smaller than 120 sqm people choose to build attached houses (with firewall). Designed in AutoCAD early 2013, redesigned and colored in February 2015.

Philippines Single Detached Houses

Philippines squarish houses 73-104 sqm

During 2013 I have been contacted by at least 5 people looking for ideas for their squarish land plots, sized like 10×10, 10×12, 12×12, 12×14 meters, etc. I designed 5 slightly similar sketches for various people and now I am publishing here the best two of them… plus an ultra compact home (73 sqm) done for fun (no specific customer) in March 2014.

3-bedroom house for Philippines, 73 sqm 3-bedroom house for Philippines, 100 sqm 4-bedroom house for Philippines, 104 sqm

Low-cost High-Density Housing 60-100 sqm

These house drawings in AutoCAD are inspired from Latin America, more exactly from the Mexico social housing (casas de interes social), which are probably the densest legally-built (no slums) houses in the world, reaching up to 150 houses per hectare. Most of their houses are built with 2 bedrooms (or fewer) to be cheap, but many owners consider them too small and expanded them in front and upwards, sometimes reaching 4 floors. I designed in 2010 4 styles of High-Density housing, however my designs are bigger than original Mexico ones, in which the bedrooms are just 3 by 3 meters.

Terraced houses, 3 meters narrow frontage and 12 meters depth, 72 sqm floor area, very similar with Mexico ones which are 60 sqm. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Terraced houses, 3 meters frontage and 12 meters long Terraced house floor plan, 3 meters frontage and 12 meters long

Quarter-Detached houses, 5 meters width and 10 meters depth, 69.5 sqm floor area, very similar with Mexico ones which are 55 sqm. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Quarter-Detached houses, 5 meters wide and 10 meters long Quarter-Detached house floor plan, 5 meters wide and 10 meters long

Back-to-Back Terraced houses with courtyards, 6 meters frontage and 10 meters depth, 96 sqm floor area, this layout is an own version never seen in Mexico, it have better land coverage, also bathroom as well as stairwell have window! So it is the best version in my opinion. The U-shaped stair allows easy upwards extension.

Back-to-Back houses, 6 meters wide and 10 meters long Back-to-Back house floor plan, 6 meters wide and 10 meters long

Cluster Terraced housing, an upscale version, 4 meters width and 10 meters depth, 80 sqm, and 6 meters width 120 sqm on endings. Somewhat similar with Mexico ones which are usually 65 sqm and have parking either in front of house or at end of street. This one hardly allows upwards extension.

Cluster terraced houses, 4-6 meters wide and 10 meters long Cluster terraced house floor plan, 4-6 meters wide and 10 meters long

Detached housing, further research revealed that the attached houses that are common in Asia are disappreciated in Mexico. They want “totally individual houses” even if are less than 1 meter apart. Such houses have usually 1 bedroom in front and 2 on back. I made my own version, L-shaped house, 100 sqm 3 bedrooms of which 2 enjoy privacy by facing to front! SMART? Semi-detached possible!

Detached houses, 5 meters wide and 12 meters long Detached house floor plan, 5 meters wide and 12 meters long

Also see: High-Density Apartments, posted in the Apartment Design page.

American home 240 sqm / 360 sqm land

American houseI do not enjoy United States architecture very much or the american lifestyle, but I still wanted to complete my collection of house designs with an american-inspired home. Typical home in America is 3 to 5 bedroom, 2000 square feet in average, don’t know if this figure include garage, but is common to have 2/3-car garage per house. The housing density is low as 10- max 15 homes per hectare, but because many homes are single-story, 12 m wide or even wider, numerous rooms are facing side walls, invading privacy of neighbors as the homes are only 3 meters apart.

I improved the typical american McMansion by making a home plan only 8 meters frontage and still… I succeeded to put 4 bedrooms facing either front of back of home, no more privacy problems, also all baths have windows!

3D design… maybe after an american will review my floorplan, I think that living-dining area should be reconfigured better.

Arabian house

This is the finished and colored version of the sketches proposed to a customer from Iraq in April 2014.

Arab house

India & Pakistan terraced houses

Most common house type in India is the house covering whole plot of land, leaving just small airwells to ventilate inner rooms. Bungalows (detached houses) surrounded by open space on all sides (minimum 1.5m setback) are just for rich people.

Compared with the business success in Philippines and rest of world, in India I had numerous BAD experiences with idiots wasting my time designing dozens of “30-min sketches” that did not wanted to proceed to detailed drawings (or wanted but refused to PAY for service), or not even replying after emailing the sketch, not even a “thank you” for the FREE help offered (most likely because they asked multiple designers and no longer needed my service). I selected 3 of these sketches, with one, two and three floors, improved and colored them, and published here:

In late 2012 an owner of a 22 x 50 feet land, appreciated the layout of ”A different terraced house”, and asked me to resize and design with imperial system. I publish here the 3BHK house shortened with 5 feet. All bathrooms have window. Notice the SMART position of lower floor toilet? 5-foot road reserve space, 4-foot corridors, 1-meter wide staircase, to comply with India building code.

In 2014 another client had 13 feet wide land, this time from Pakistan, I turned the apparently impossible project into a spacious 3BHK house spreading on 3 floors. By removing carport and moving drawing room on ground floor, it can be a 4BHK house.

And a small single-storey 2BHK house.

2BHK house plan 3BHK house plan 3-storey house 1-bedroom house

Common in India are the houses for multi-generation families, terraced-styled houses having each floor belonging to another branch of family, or even worse, each family branch having just one room. Here is an example of two-family house floor plan designed in early 2015 for a client, with 3D design made from personal interest in December 2015.

Some clients want their home to be at ground floor and multiple rental flats on first floor, designing different floor plan each floor is very difficult.

Two-family house Multi-generation house floor plan Two-family house

Of the many houses designed for clients. Here are 2 more sketches which I feel them interesting.
20 by 60 ft floor plan 30 by 60 ft floor plan

Buy AutoCAD DWG files

If you are not interested in service of designing a custom floor plan for you, you can buy ready-made AutoCAD DWG files and edit them yourself.

Price: $20 starting fee + $20 for each house plan. The price formula is made to give discount for bulk purchase. If you want one DWG file you pay $40, if you want 5 DWG files you pay $120.

How to purchase: you should tell me the drawings you want to purchase, I will make them a ZIP archive and put it on server, create a product in Store so you can pay with PayPal or credit card and receive the files automatically in your email.

If you are student looking to download free DWG files, go on BiblioCAD.com and download what other people have uploaded there. Do not ask me for .DWG files because I am not giving MY projects for free.

Custom house design service

First, please note that architecture is no longer my primary job since 2015. This because of most of YOU, people who ask for free ready-made floor plans or to design new floor plans promising to pay but run away with sketch. Currently I am selective regarding which architectural projects to do, simpler ones, and do only if you pay some money in advance.

If you are not paying, looking for free home ideas, feel free to look at my past projects, you can contact me for questions and advices, but please do not request to make a new design for free! Don’t be aggressive like THIS indian and waste my time from working for other, paying customers.

If you are paying, I can make a new design according your requirements. Tell me if you need a concept floor plan or a complete set of architectural drawings.

First tell me land dimensions and how many bedrooms do you require. If you have other requirements, tell me. Depending by this information and by your country, I need to ask additional questions to be able to make the BEST design for you. In some cases I show you several floor plans and several house photos to understand better your tastes in terms in layout and external design. Alternatively you can choose one of pre-made house models shown on website and suggest changes, or provide your own sketch (even Paint or pencil drawing) and I will convert it into a professional drawing, or provide photos of houses from your city.

Provide length × width of your land plot, NOT only square meters, 10×12 m and 6×20 m are both 120 sqm but require different planning.

Having a large number of pre-made designs allow me to quickly modify one, or make a new sketch in max 20 minutes, and show you as PNG screenshot, for free, please do not judge the quality of service by “first sketch”, it usually have furniture but lack windows and other details, and have errors, but may be sufficient to give you an idea about possible concept plan (free sketch not available when I am busy with other projects).

View the first sketch and suggest changes in room arrangement. You need to pay the price of floor plan before doing any changes. We adjust dimensions of each room, add windows and correct furniture, at final I send you PDF file error-free which you can print or show on-screen.

You are advised to show the final floor plan to your family and make sure everyone will like it, before proceeding to further detailed drawings. When you are ready, we need to discuss a lot of other details to make sure that the house will be livable and will follow the building code of your country. Including ceiling height, windows size and position, etc. I will make a draft 3D design and show you, you can again suggest changes, and when everything is decided I make final 3D design and final PDF files containing floor plan, elevations and sections. In some cases I send also DWG file that you can edit.

You can pay in stages, 30% for floorplan (after first sketch sketch) 30% after draft 3D design, 40% when final 3D design and elevations are completed. Even after full payment I can still revise the drawings free of charge until you are 100% satisfied.

Had customers willing to pay in advance, some customers do not trust me and want to have project finished before paying and “pay only if like it”, which is risky for me because I waste time designing something that customer may not like and don’t pay. If you are along these people, feel free to go to someone else, as I said architecture is NOT my primary job since 2015 and I don’t care to convince every person who contact me to work with me, I offer other services that produce sufficient money for my daily living.

Sometimes, if I like the sketch made for you, even if you don’t pay, I am personally interested to finalize it and publish it on website to give ideas to future customers, I redesign it with greater care, sometimes with different dimensions than the sketch made for you, and make low-resolution PDF floor plan. Example: Pakistan 20x60ft sketch vs final floor plan.

Price of house design service

I design small and big houses, apartment blocks, for poor and rich countries, so I use the following formula to calculate price:

Floor plan (dimensions included either in center of room either along walls, error free) – example
$10 × no of rooms × country multiplicator.

Full set of drawings (floor plan, elevations, sections, 3D design, done carefully and error free) – example
$50 × no of rooms × country multiplicator.

Rooms counted: bedrooms, living room, study room, but not kitchen and smaller rooms.

Country multiplicator (to provide competitive prices for rich and poor countries):
× 2 for first world (Singapore, Europe, United States, Australia, etc)
× 1.5 for second-world (Malaysia, Thailand, Latin America, Middle East to Maroc, South Africa, etc)
× 1 for third-world (India, Pakistan, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, rest of Africa, etc)
Unfortunately 80% of my customers are in third world countries.

Revisions: unlike other designers who show you the design only at final, and offer you a limited number of revisions or charge money for each revisions, personally I show you the design in middle of work, allowing you to propose changes before finishing it, allowing a large number of minor revisions. However, try deciding yourself and do not ask revisions at infinite, proving that you don’t know what do you want.

Price examples:

One-family house: Bungalow-5x18m with 4 bedrooms + living room + family room, built in Philippines, price for full set of drawings will be $300. However, we can negotiate, different customers request a different amount of drawings.

Multi-family house: for 2 identical houses, price will use formula of one house + price of an additional room. For 3 or more identical houses, price will use formula of one house + 2 additional rooms.

Price for apartment blocks: gross floor area up to 400 sqm = $200, up to 800 sqm = $300, up to 1600 sqm = $400, and so on, again multiplied by 1, 1.5, 2 depending by your country.

How long takes to design a house

If you want a fast reply you are advised to contact me via LIVE CHAT in bottom-left corner of screen. If you contact me via email or comments, you NEED to reply at email and confirm that you are interested, before making any sketch for you. So far 50% of people requesting house design never reply (up to 90% in case of Indians, which probably request house designs on multiple websites then they are no longer interested in my service).

I use AutoCAD for both floor plan drawing and 3D model. I know that 3D Studio Max can make better 3D renders but I love AutoCAD.

The floor plans and 3D models published on website are samples intending for viewing only, for educational purposes for students and also for families dreaming to build their own home, to show you for how big land you should look to purchase.

They are optimized for on-screen viewing, at low resolution to discourage stealing (20 pixels per meter, 32 / 40 pixels per meter for pre-2013 designs), and colored to be understood by people with no skills. They are NOT intended to be used in construction or submitted to government for building permit. For this, I provide detailed drawings in PDF format optimized for printing at any resolution you want. Usually I provide drawings with NO colors on background, as seen in Shwan house.

Designing a floor plan at correct scale, with furniture in correct position, dimensions, etc. takes 1-2 hours, but before designing them I spent hours to study various houses in case of hobby projects, or in case of customers, I spent hours in revisions.

Designing fully-dimensioned floor plan, elevations, sections, etc takes 10-20 hours, this job involve a lot of communication with the customer to decide every detail. Usually take few days, but one project took few weeks because of email-only communication and slow replies.

Designing a 3D model takes from 3-4 hours in case of JUN’s house to 100 hours in case of Trianon Palace with its high-detail geometry.

Important!

I get contacted by many people of which most are not interested in my services, some are happy with just a sketch and are not interested in paying for complete service. People who are not ready to build the house, people who are undecided, etc, do not need my full service, some people promise that when they are ready will get back to me and pay for the full set of drawings, but never got back. Such people can be forgotten.

If you are really interested in my services, and I accidentally forgotten you, just contact me again. I do not enjoy re-emailing people to ask if you are ready / still interested in my services.

If you like my concept but have architect/designer to do final project, I can sell you any of floor plans displayed on website, in editable .DWG file. This may save some time of your designer. But don’t forget that I can also offer a personalized floor plan for your requirements!

If you pay your designer but do not want to pay me too, DO NOT ask any service from me, go from start to your designer.

Funny case: I do a FREE 20-min sketch, the customer likes it, then when we negotiate price for the construction drawings, he say that cannot pay because he have no money and is just helping his mom / brother / cousin / boss, to find a good concept plan. But hey, you do not need to pay for first sketch! Instead, you should tell about me to your family, so when they are ready to build their home, to come at me for the final drawings.

Note for INDIA customers

I have numerous BAD experiences with Indians and this makes me to regret architecture and if these problems continue I would need to quit this job… read few examples BAD indian customers.

If you are just browsing for FREE ready-made plans and don’t want my service of custom house design, feel free to browse my website and other websites without contacting me.

If you think that my prices are too expensive for your poor country, then go to a designer in your own country. Leave me to work for countries where people are more generous in payments.
Contact me ONLY if you can afford my prices!

Designing a house in India is more difficult than in other countries, due of Vastu shastra that regulate geographical position of rooms, east and west-facing lots cannot use mirrored floor plan, etc. 6 billion people outside India never heard of Vaastu and are happy, half of India population of 1 billion people is superstitious so need a house according Vaastu rules. Pretty stupid, isn’t?

50% of India customers don’t like my first sketches, compared with 90% satisfaction ratio for rest of world. Most people try to avoid paying while one annoyed me for 2 weeks asking countless revisions until got satisfied and paid me only $40. Common along Indian customers are the people who do not explain properly what they need, then say that my sketch does not fit their needs (example). If this is the situation, would be better to STOP offering service for India?

You may think that asking a 30-minute sketch for FREE is no problem, but designing 100 sketches for various Indian customers without getting a single one paying, IS A PROBLEM, compared with other countries, where out of 10 sketches, 1 is paying for complete project.

Given by numerous BAD experiences with indians, what I should do?

Keep wasting 30 minutes with each person, offer consultation and floor plan sketch for FREE, who wants more should PAY. Maybe out of 100 people, 1 will pay for a full project.
Ask $50 BEFORE doing any sketch. PAY OR GO AWAY, don’t waste my time! (there is UNLIKELY to get a paying customer in this way, people do not pay in advance).
Don’t reply to anyone on chat or email coming from India, or reply that I don’t offer services for India. We all know, Indians NEVER PAY or pay too little, does not worth wasting time with 100 people to get 1 paying customer.
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Note for other countries

I served numerous people around Asia and Africa, as well as few in Europe and America. From my personal experience, Philippines customers are nicest of all 3rd world countries. Most filipinos DO NOT solicit me making a new design if they do not have money (I receive often messages like this “Hi I just want to ask if you already make layout for 32 SQM approx. 2 storey? I dont have money to ask for making a layout, so I just hope that you have already made layout. Thank you in advance.“).

Philippines customers pose another problem: half of them contact me without knowing length and width of their property, but only square area, case in which I can’t design any custom house. At least I am not wasting time as I do with indians!

Should reorganize website?

Some people may suggest to organize the website in separate posts for every house plan, and tag them like India-style, 2-storey, 3-bedroom, 100-200 sqm, modern house, etc, so we can filter them, like in a Blog. However, I DISAGREE, this system can be used only if I have large number of projects finalized including 3D design, and will encourage people to serve themselves and steal my works, then where the “services and prices” should be shown? Showing on a single page few houses in different architectural styles plus prices may encourage people to contact me and eventually turn into customers. Probably there are already too many houses on website and would be better to delete few of them and keep only the BEST 10.

Statistics: most downloaded house plans (as 2014).
House & apartment design statistics (Excel file with all my house and apartment designs, one per row, showing room size of each room for calculating gross floor area and compare different housing models).

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  1. Ng khim weng

    How to contact you?

  2. Alex isuan

    I need a low cost building design for a 3 bedroom duplex on a 30m x 90m piece of land.

    1. Teoalida (site owner)

      30×90 meters is very big for one duplex house, do you build multiple houses?
      Can you use LIVE CHAT in lower-left corner of screen so we can discuss your project in details?

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  5. Anna

    I have a plot size 23m X 16m and need to decide what I can fit on there, ideally a terrace of 4 cottage style new builds, width across the side I would like to use would be the 16m. If not then option of 1 det and 2 semi.

    1. Teoalida (site owner)

      In which country do you build? How many rooms per house? This will decide how many houses does fit on your land.
      Can you use LIVE CHAT in lower-left corner of screen so we can discuss your project in details?

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