If you are looking for FREE ideas, feel free to browse my past designs in House plans and Apartment plans pages, use Google Images Search and find yourself ideas. DO NOT disturb me unnecessarily except if you need few minutes of consultation about my past designs. DO NOT ask me to make new designs for free! If you want one of my past designs in editable DWG format, to customize a floor plan or to design a new floor plan according your requirements, I have the right to charge money.
If you are PAYING,
I can my partners can make a new design according your requirements. Specify if you need only a schematic floor plan, or a complete set of architectural drawings (detailed floor plans, elevations, sections, foundation, plumbing, electrical drawings, structural engineering, plus 3D model).
Update: I (Teoalida) will NOT make any more architectural designs. Thank you to these customers, they convinced me that architecture is the WORST profession for me.
Future projects will be handled by partner architects, located in India, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania and United States. It is for benefits or both ME and YOU, to have your project done by my partner architects. They have diploma in architecture (I don’t have) and offered to work for me if I am too busy but seeing their high experience and cheap prices I decided to pass them ALL architectural projects, to free my time and focus on IT / data providing industry.
I do not post their contact info here to protect them from being spammed by people looking for free services. You need to confirm your budget with me then I will put you in contact with the most suitable architect to discuss project details.
I am sorry for the FEW serious customers who wanted to pay me and have project done by me, but I CANNOT continue offering a service when most people want house plans for FREE. Simply answering chats and emails, discuss project requirements to quote a price, is a waste of time if 90% never pay, only 10% have paid me and only after seeing (part of) work done. Once got paid, some customers were not satisfied or changed mind so I had to do changes (wasting my time from doing other jobs) then I cannot sell same design to multiple people (like how I sell databases) because in architecture each customer have different requirements, making whole profession of architect a waste of time.
Website traffic rose from 100 visitors per day in 2012 to 1000 visitors per day in 2015, thus is more profitable to sell completed projects instead of making projects on request basis. Very few people buy floor plan drawings compared with IT companies buying databases, so I no longer like architecture, and the customers needing new projects I pass to other architects who do not have other jobs and can work whole month on a single house project. Read more: leaving architecture business.
I am hiring architects
If you are architect or studying architecture, have some free time and want a part-time job, you are welcome to be my partner. Show your portfolio!
If your experience is limited to Paper to CAD conversion or 3D modeling based on floorplans provided, I do not need you. I need real architects that can communicate with my customers, understand project details, negotiate price, make a floorplan without any reference and be prepared to revise it until customer is happy. You can take payments from customers and pay me a referral fee, or instruct customers to pay me and I pay you, keeping my fee.
Having a portfolio website like mine will help customers I am sending you to trust you. I cannot guarantee a constant flow of customers so you need to have other jobs too. Also I cannot guarantee that every lead I am sending you will pay. Any suggestions how to reduce number of time-wasters is welcome!
Procedure of architectural design service
First, email me your lot plan so I can see exact dimensions and orientation, or at least tell me length and width of your land.
Describe project requirements: in case of single family houses how many floors and rooms do you require, in case of apartment blocks, number of floors, apartments per floor and rooms per apartment. If you have other requirements, tell them all. I will show you several samples to understand your tastes in terms in floor plan and external design, and may ask you other requirements.
Alternatively you can choose one of my designs shown on website and suggest changes, or provide your own sketch (even a pencil drawing) and I will convert it into a professional drawing, or provide photos of local houses taken yourself.
I will show you few designs made in the past and ask you which one do you like more, in some cases I quickly edit a design to show you a conceptual idea as PNG screenshot (please do not judge the quality of service by “first sketch”, it usually have furniture but lack windows and other details).
Now you need to make first payment, BEFORE starting drawing the custom design according your requirements. During design you can suggest changes in dimensions of each room, I will add windows and correct furniture, and I send you final error-free design in PDF format.
You are advised to show the final floor plan to your family or colleagues and make sure everyone will like it, before proceeding to detailed construction drawings. When you are ready, we need to discuss a lot of other details to make sure that the building 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 yourself.
You can pay in stages, 30% for floorplan 30% for 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, I am no longer making free drawings hoping to convince you to pay for complete project.
Occasionally (10% of cases) even if you don’t pay, I get personally interested in the layout you you require and I redesign it with greater care, sometimes at different dimensions, to publish it on website as sample for future customers. Example: Pakistan 20x60ft sketch vs final floor plan.
Price of architectural design service
I prefer PayPal and credit / debit card, next options are bank wire transfer and Western Union.
I calculate price based on number of rooms (we count as rooms: bedrooms, living room, family room, study room, but not kitchen and smaller rooms) and the location where it is going to be built.
This job takes 1-2 hours when designing according my own rules, but when designing for customers, it can take few hours or days depending by how many revisions do you ask.
$100 per room for detailed architectural drawings (floor plan, elevations, sections, example PNG) + 3D design.
This job take 10-20 hours if your requirements are clear, this job involve a lot of communication to decide every detail, it can stretch on days / weeks if you ask many revisions and slow communication via email.
Multi-family houses: for 2 or more identical houses, price will rise with 25% of the price of initial house.
Apartment blocks: gross floor area up to 400 sqm = $400, up to 800 sqm = $600, up to 1600 sqm = $800, up to 3200 sqm = $1000, and so on.
Above prices are valid for third-world countries (India, Pakistan, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines, rest of Africa, etc).
Middle-income countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Latin America, Middle East to Maroc, South Africa, etc) need to pay 1.5x more.
High-income countries (Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, etc) need to pay 2x more.
Above prices are valid as 2016 for historical reference only. I decided to NOT make new designs for customers at request (except in special cases, if you come with an interesting project and I am not too busy, I will do concept floor plan only).
I do not have a specific number of revisions, because I can show you drawing progress and you can suggest changes before finishing it. But I had paying customers who asked changes back and forth, disturbing my schedule, delaying me from doing my “other business”. While may be logical to charge extra fees from customers asking excessive revisions, the inability to know in advance how much time will take each project discourage me to engage in new architectural projects.
For new customers: I will connect you with my partner architect teams, here are prices of Indian and Philippines partners for single family houses or small apartment blocks (<20 units):
Preliminary design – $300-600
– Floor plan and elevation in PDF and AutoCAD format
– 3D Model and 2 Computer Generated Images taken from the model. 3D Studio Max file and PNG
Submission drawings – $1000-2000
– Architectural Plans and details (done by Architect)
– Structural Analysis Report (done by a Structural Engineer)
– Structural Plans and Details (based on the Structural Analysis, integrated into plans by Architect)
– Electrical Plans and Details (advised and drafted by an Electrical Engineer but drawn by Architect for integration into the plan)
– Sanitary Plans and Details (advised and prepared by a Sanitary Engineer and done by me for compilation)
– Bill of Quantities done by Architect
Personally I use only AutoCAD, my partners use also ArchiCAD, Blender, Revit, 3D Studio Max
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 sending emails or offline messages never reply after my reply (up to 90% in case of Indians, which probably request house designs on multiple websites and by the time I reply them. they are no longer interested in my service).
I get contacted by many non-serious people, some looking for consultation and not interested in my full service. People who are just dreaming for a house, not ready to build it, undecided, etc. Such people do not deserve attention and can be forgotten, but they makes me difficult to identify the serious people interested in my services, to pay attention to their projects.
If you are really interested in my services, and I accidentally forgotten you, just contact me again. I do not enjoy re-emailing every one to ask if you are ready / still interested in my services.
If you like my concept but have another 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 a free sketch 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.
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).