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How Many Subcontractors Are Needed?

When building a new home, you will come to realize that there are many different counterparts to make your dream come true. Starting off, you will need to find a reliable Builder, also known as a Contractor, to oversee and provide materials and labor to perform the job. A great deal of builders will delegate certain jobs to other companies, or subcontractors. This process may make you wonder how many subcontractors are actually needed during construction

The type and quantity of subcontractors your builder will need to employ depends on several different factors. One major factor is availability. As the housing market improves a shortage of subcontractors may become apparent. A proficient builder will set a timeline for subcontractors to ensure the appropriate companies are hired during the correct phase of construction. Your builder’s specialty is another factor. For example, if your builder’s specialty is masonry or foundation work, they will not need to hire an outside company to do the job. This is a great advantage and will keep the cost to build down, since there will be one less counterpart to pay.

On average, more than 2/3 of the builders in the United States will generally subcontract about 75% of the construction job of a new home. According to the NAHB, that 75% is close to 22 subcontractors for a job.

On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.
On average, Builders will use 22 subcontractors for a job.

There is an array of jobs needed to complete a new home, some jobs are  more likely to be subcontracted out than others. For instance, 94% of builders will subcontract out foundation work while only 75% will subcontract out putting on interior doors.

Many builders will subcontract out different kinds of jobs

Building houses that have simple floor plans and that are under 3000 sq. ft. are less likely to call for an abundance of subcontractors, and will result in a faster building time.

The Tilly house plan features a lakefront “boxy” floor plan that boasts a striking curb appeal without intricate details.  This 2,355 sq. ft. home will be a cinch to build. The Tilly’s versatile architectural style allows you to the use of a variety of material combinations to fit your personal taste.

The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
The Tilly house is 2,355 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

If you’re building on a lakefront lot, or in the mountains, the Da Diva house plan is the perfect plan for you!  This affordable house features a spacious chef’s kitchen, luxurious master suite, and a bonus room above the garage for future expansion.

Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

This is the Da Diva house plan under construction. 8/15/2015

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Building for 55+

Just like Millennials, Baby Boomers are a strong force in the housing market. The 55+ age group leads the market in buying and building new houses due to a strong need for downsizing as couples become empty nesters. According to the NAHB, Baby boomers are looking for homes that accommodate their specific needs.  Most Baby Boomers want to move into a smaller home that is less than 3,000 sq. ft., and features most of the amenities on the main floor. Archival Designs features a vast selection of Ranch house plans in countless architectural styles to fit your needs!

The Laurel-At 1,999 sq. ft. the Laurel house is a prime example of utilizing every square inch of a house in a functional and inventive way. . This house plan design allows ample space for entertainment and leisure, while providing optional expandable spaces for visiting family and friends.

Laurel Front Rendering
The Laurel-1,999 sq. ft. traditional ranch house plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms

Da Diva– This cottage house plan is perfect for the Baby Boomer generation. Being easy to maintain at 2,404 sq. ft., this stunning home offers 3 spacious bedrooms, and 2 1/2 bathrooms with a large kitchen and great room.

Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms
Da Diva- 2,404 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

Old Wesley– This traditional house plan features stunning vaulted ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, and 3 bedrooms with 2 1/2 bathrooms. This simple floor plan will be a quick and cost effective build for all families.

Old Wesley- 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.
Old Wesley- 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

For more empty nester designs, browse our retirement house plan collection.

The American Kitchen!

I am sure everyone will agree when I say that the kitchen is the heart of the house! It is the main place of gathering and an area people gravitate towards.  With house requirements evolving with the family dynamic so are kitchens. According to NAHB, the American kitchen has some fun and functional trends that should make any home owner excited!

 

Open Floor Plans: Many of homeowners are requesting an open space for their kitchens. Long gone are the days of a closed off and hidden kitchen. An open kitchen will encourage interaction among guest at your next dinner party! The Aspen Creek House Plan is a great example of an open floor plan, it features an open kitchen design directly connected to the family room and the keeping room.

Aspen Creek House Plan - Country House Plans -  Cottage House Plans
The Aspen Creek House Plan: This house is 3,584 sq. ft. 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with designated areas for outdoor living.

Indoor/Outdoor Relation: Nowadays, homeowners enjoy an appointed area for outdoor entertaining.  Trending is the idea of bringing the kitchen and eating areas outdoor. By incorporating spaces traditionally found inside the home in the exterior, families can enjoy nature while winding down after a long day. The Devall House proves to be ideal to American homeowner with its over sized grilling porch.

Devall House Plan - House Plan - Ranch - First Floor Plan
The Devall House Plan: 2,385 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Its simple floor layout is also ideal for quick building!

Islands: The kitchen island is a must have on every home buyers list. Having multi-layered and multi-purposed kitchen islands are all the rage in kitchen design.  Our Fairhope house plan includes a wonderful and huge multi-purposed kitchen island. This island boast a modern stove range, abundant storage, and roomy breakfast bar sitting area!

Fairhope House Plan - 2600 sq ft Cottage Contemporary Country House
The Fairhope House Plan: 2,666 Sq. Ft. and 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms are all included in this beautiful open floor plan layout!

 

 

The Time to Build is Now!

As the economy continues to move in the right direct, homeowner and builder confidence is on the rise.  The time to build the home you’ve been dreaming about is now!  The last decade has taken the economy and housing industry on a roller-coaster ride.  Fortunately, builder confidence is the highest we have seen since November 2005 (NAHB ).

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View
Dalmany House: This plan is 2,275 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The Dalmany is a stunning addition to any sub-division, and with all that room for growth and entertainment, no wonder it’s one of our best-selling house plans!

As we approach 2016, homeowners across the nation are feeling financial stability.  Archival Designs is committed to providing quality designs at an affordable price.

Old Wesley House

This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. This plans traditional style allows for an easy and fast build, a pleasant experience for you and the builder.

Old Wesley House Plan - House Plan - Ranch - Front
Old Wesley House Plan: This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

Lady La Salette House Plan:

The Lady La Salette is a ranch style house plan with 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with an optional bonus room on the second floor.  This house will be easy to grow into as your family’s need change over the years.

Lady La Salette House Plan - Country Style House Plans - Ranch Home Plans
The Lady La Salette is 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with optional bonus room on the second floor

www.ArchivalDesigns.com  offers a plethora of distinct house plans ranging in style and size to fit your needs! We are proud to share with you our customer’s most popular house plan picks of 2014-2015.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan:

This best-selling house plan offers 2,499 sq. ft. of comfort. This ranch style home has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining guest.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Archival Designs - Ranch Home Style
Tres Le Fleur House Plan: This best-selling house plan is 2,499 sq. ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms

The Pontarion II House Plan:

This Award winning house plan can be the home of your dreams. The Pontarion II house plan offers 4,041 sq. ft. of elegance and comfort. The striking grand room and oversized chef’s kitchen will give you plenty of space for entertaining.

Pontarion II House Plan - Luxury Home Plans - 3000 sq ft house
The Pontarion II House Plan: This award winning house plan has 4,041 Sq. Ft, 4 bedrooms, and 4 1/2 bathrooms

The Salem House Plan:

This 2-Story house plan has 2979 Sq. Ft. with a plethora of wonderful amenities. The Salem House has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and a glorious 2 story family room, which is sure to leave any guest in awe.

Salem House Plan - Castle Style House Plan - Archival Designs - Salem - Stone Pond
The Salem House Plan This 2-Story house plan has 2,979 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms

 

We invite you to view our best-selling collection [http://www.archivaldesigns.com/store/best-selling-house-plans-0]          and learn about how you can modify your new home.

Learn more about Builders Confidence and how it works here (http://nahbnow.com/2015/07/builder-confidence-hits-highest-level-since-november-2005/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb0824)

How Long to Build My Home?

Building your dream home can be exciting and fun, but the main question on everyone’s mind is : How long will this actually take? According to The National Association of Home Builders, there are several different factors that you have to consider when building a custom home.

Region of building– The location or state of the home is a major factor. Certain areas of the country have different regulations and codes to uphold, not to mention the amount of building space the region has. For example, building in Utah can take approximately 6 months, while in New York it could take more than 9 months to complete a project.

Houses that  build faster are usually under 2500 square feet, and have a more simplistic or “boxy”floor plan. These house plans exhibit some factors that allow the build to be a little quicker:

The Laurel ( 1999 sq ft) ( https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/laurel-house-plan )

Laurel House Plan - Home Design Plans - Cottage Style Home Plans

Laurel House Plan - Colonial Style House Plans - Expanable House Plans

The Dalmany (2275 sq ft) ( https://www.archivaldesigns.com/home-plans/dalmany-house-plan )

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - 1st Floor

An uncontrollable factor  is the shortage in labor. This will unsurprisingly delay construction mainly if construction in your area is booming.

Another factor is whether you are building a custom home or buying within a subdivision. Large Track Builders have a team of sub-contractors at their disposal. On the other hand, a custom builder is responsible for hiring all sub-contractors

Here is the National Association of Home builders blog link to see this information in depth!

(http://nahbnow.com/2015/08/how-long-does-it-take-to-build-a-single-family-home/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mmb0824 )