Normally we get to draw our plans on paper and then ship them off to a builder, never to be heard from again. But a recent purchase of the Arleta 2850 was being built a couple of hours away and we just happened to be driving through very recently. The house is very nearly done just needing final trim and landscaping. It looks nice. But not what we pictured...
The house was built in a fairly lax jurisdiction so the builder was able to change some windows and structural issues without much fuss. Unfortunately the effect of replacing sets of single hungs with gigantic sliding windows killed some of the period effects. As did the rounded sheetrock corners, lack of wood trim, casing, and floors. Now it's understood that most people these days prefer carpet in bedrooms but we find it unappealing. The front porch was unfinished but at this point we're not holding out for a miracle.
Lesson learned? Not quite sure yet. While our plans are purposefully Spartan on details, we do get disappointed when our vision isn't matched. Perhaps a set of SketchUp images showing our vision for the plan would be in order. In fact this plan has some rough sketches ready, they just need some refining and uploading. Perhaps that's the rub.
If ever you purchase an Istockhouseplans house plan and would like some direction towards creating a Craftsman or period look, please let us know and we'll be happy to put together a 3-d image for you. Just one more service that we offer.