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Taking Stock of Stock House Plans
Posted By Lloyd Alter On January 13, 2010 @ 1:47 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment
Go into any bookstore or search on words “Stock House Plans ” and you will find thousands of them, mostly junk. Perhaps 50% of are stolen and just about all of them get twisted and stretched before they actually get built. But for decades, a few architects have seen them as a way to democratize design , to make good designs available at a lower price to a larger audience. Now, when clients have less money and architects are reliving that joke of a decade ago (What do you say to an architect with a job? “I’ll have fries with that.”), perhaps it’s time for talented architects to take the stock plan business seriously.
Stock plans aren’t a new idea; Frank Lloyd Wright thought they would bring his houses to a wider audience. Life Magazine promoted them for years, hiring great architects like Robert Stern and Hugh Newell Jacobson. More on their background at TreeHugger: Good Architects Selling Good Plans is a Good Thing .
Interloop Architecture  of Houston, Texas made the plans for this office and residence available through Hometta, which Delivers Good Designs For Smaller Homes Off the Rack .
FreeGreen turns the entire stock plan business on its head by giving away the plans. Like much on the internet, it isn’t a bad idea because so many get stolen anyways. At least this way they make money from customization and from specifying products from advertisers. More at TreeHugger: Free Green Turns House Design Business On Its Head  and How Much Should Design Cost? 
FreeGreen is also building The chain of Eco-Homes in Greensburg . More here: Meadowlark House by Steven Learner Wins Chain of Eco-Homes Competition 
Some architects do it on their own and sell them directly; Greg Lavardera at LamiDesign has been doing it for years and built a career out of it. More at TreeHugger: Click Your Way to Greg Lavardera’s Modern Stock Plans  and 6040 House by LaMiDesign 
It isn’t done enough, but really, Good Architects Selling Good Plans is a Good Thing. 
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 Stock House Plans: http://www.google.com/search?q=stock+house+plans
 democratize design: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/good-architects-selling-good-plans.php
 Image: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/hometta-delivers-good-designs.php
 Interloop Architecture: http://www.interlooparchitecture.com/item.php?id=30&topic=0&type=0&order=random
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 William Turnbull,: http://www.houseplans.com/exclusive_house_plans_William_Turnbull_Architect.asp
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 How Much Should Design Cost?: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/how-much-should-design-cost.php
 Meadowlark House by Steven Learner Wins Chain of Eco-Homes Competition: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/meadowlark-house-wins-greensburg-competition.php
 Image: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/click_your_way.php
 6040 House by LaMiDesign: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/04/6040_house_by_l_1.php
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