Consumers rule today's building industry. In the past, the client would visit the builder first to discuss design along with the building process. Today, the client chooses the plan before visiting the builder. Modifications and custom plans are also much more common with today's consumer. This step in the design process is great for clients who want their home to be truly theirs! With this step comes lots of questions, though. So, we want to pass along the most commonly asked questions to you!
What is a modification?
o A modification is when you find a plan that you like and you want to make changes to it
to make it perfect for you.
Can’t you just go in and type a few things and the changes are done?
o We sure wish it was that easy! It actually takes our designers several hours of intense
design to make changes to a plan. For larger plans, this can be even more extensive. Our
designers work very hard ensuring that each design is just right. Even with CAD
programs we often must take something completely apart and rebuild it from scratch.
Do you just make the changes and I am stuck with it?
o No way! We work on an approval process. Further explanation is below.
Will I get to speak to my designer?
o Yes, but please understand that each designer rotates up to 40 clients at a time. So, calls
must be scheduled. However, you are free to email at any time!
Do you offer rush services?
o Yes. However, a rush fee will apply. This fee is calculated based on the time allotted for
the design. Speedy approval must also apply or the rush is no longer valid. Limited slots
are available at all times so please ask for availability.
Can I have a custom designed home?
o Absolutely! We would love to work with you to put together all the pieces of your
perfect plan. Please note that this is a lengthy process because we want you to walk
away elated with your custom plans in hand.
How long will it take to receive my plans?
o That’s a tricky question for us! There are so many variables at play: the season, number
of existing clients, and complexity of the modification. Your modification will be given a
custom time frame that is specific to your changes. Please note that this is an estimate
based on the approval process.
What if I decide to add something to the project?
o Minor revisions are already accounted for in your modification fee and timeline.
However, major revisions require additional time and an additional fee. Also, if approval
is given at a one stage and the designer proceeds to the next, then additional time will
be billed if the designer receives instructions to return to the previous step. You will be
quoted before being billed, though.
How do you charge for a modification?
o We charge a flat fee for the entire project. This is based on the complexity of the project
not by an hourly rate. The flat fee will be broken down to reflect the format of your
plans and the modifications. If additional design time is needed during the course of the
project (due to additional changes made to the project after it has been started), this is
billed on an hourly rate.
Have a question not listed here? Give us a call: 870-931-5777.
Our home plan specialists would love to help!
Below are the steps we follow in the modification process:
1. Client chooses plan and submits list of changes.
2. NDG Rep provides a quote for those changes.
3. After processing the order, the client will receive the stock plan files for reference.
4. NDG Rep provides a sketch of client’s changes to the design team.
5. Designer updates the floor plan. (This is the 1st draft.)
6. Client receives the 1st draft for review (Minor adjustments can be made at this time if needed).
Approval is needed to proceed.
7. Designer updates the elevations. (This is the 2nd draft.)
8. Step 6 repeats.
9. Designer finishes each page of the plan. This includes your roof, electrical, and foundation
pages. (This is the final draft and typically the most time consuming because this is when the
designer will details every single page of your plans.)
10. Step 6 repeats.
11. Our chief designer and owner, Michael E. Nelson, will do a final review of your plans after you
give approval. Then, your designer will prepare your files and have them sent to you within 24
12. Congratulations! It’s time to build your new home!