Modern House Plans: How Design-Build Firms Can Build Your Dream Home

Updated December 30, 2019

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When it comes to constructing your dream home, there are so many different routes you can choose.

For example, many people prefer to kick things off with a designer or architect and create plans for their home, then ultimately take those plans over to a general contractor for execution. But when it comes to creating a truly modern home with modern house plans, this may not be the best option.

For custom and modern homes, the symmetry between design and the actual building of the house is a must. That’s because custom homes, by definition, are different than virtually any other home out there because it has been perfectly crafted to fit your needs.

So, when you come up with the vision of your dream home with a designer and then try and relay the details, vibe, and overall goals of the house to the contractor, sometimes certain aspects get lost in the process.

But that’s where design-build firms come into play.

Today, we’ll focus on what precisely design-build firms are, as well as how they can be more beneficial for those who want to create a custom, modern home.

What is a Design-Build Firm?

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While there are some slight variations between each design-build firm you may encounter, for the most part, they follow the same blueprint in that they are a one-stop-shop that handles both the design and build of a home’s construction (who would have guessed based on the name?).

So, what exactly makes design-build firms and the one-stop-shop approach the right fit for you? Let’s break down their benefits.

Why Design-Build Work So Well For Custom, Modern House Plans

Faster Projects; More Cohesive and Streamlined Communication

Who doesn’t like it when a process can be simplified, resulting in shorter timelines and overall a more expedient project? With a design-build firm, you can get just that. Just think about it, instead of going back and forth between two separate parties — the design and the builder — both of these teams will work together because they are from the same place. Not only this, but because they are a one-stop shop, they already have extensive experience working with one another, and that sense of teamwork and familiarity will help move the process along.

Better Attuned to Meet Your Modern House Plan

We briefly mentioned this already, but design-build firms are the ideal candidate for modern, custom homes. When you decide to go custom, you’re going for something unique and special to the needs, style preferences, and lifestyle of you and your family. Design-build firms are typically on the cutting edge of what it takes to build new, modern, contemporary custom homes.

They understand that to pull off a custom home, doing everything in the house in a consistent, streamlined process is the best way to get it done.

Assistance With Project Management

Tying everything together, a design-build firm is an excellent option for those who want a custom home and also don’t want to bear the burden of overseeing the project management portion of the house. This is because the firm itself will be carefully monitoring and overseeing both the design and construction phases. This way, you can simply sit back and relax knowing that the new home is in good hands. Of course, you can give your input as much as you want, as design-build firms always prioritize collaboration with their clients. They got in this business to create truly unique homes and they value your input and your design preferences to ensure that it happens.


Allow your creativity to flow and work alongside our team of talented and experienced designers who are determined to create the best modern and sustainable home for your budget.

Finding the Perfect Design-Build Firm For You

When it comes to finding the right firm that will help create the perfect modern house plans and then deliver on it, you have to do a little searching. There are a lot of great options (and some not so great), so make sure to do your due diligence by researching reviews for each firm, checking out testimonials, and their gallery of completed projects.

But, it also helps to meet with them beforehand and discuss your goals and vision for your home and see if they can meet your needs. Of course, this is also a great opportunity to see how well you would work together. Different firms have different personalities and different ‘vibes’ — and because you’ll work on such a large and important project, you want to make sure that you mesh well.

So, when meeting with a design-build firm, come prepared with a lot of good questions and be ready to answer some yourself about what your dream home looks like.

The Modern, Sustainable Design-Build Firm For You

Instead of trying to fit into a house, what if your home was built around you? With high-quality craftsmanship and energy-efficient materials, we design and build homes for your lifestyle. Your new S9 home will be a custom sanctuary for you and your family.

When you decide to work with us, what you want is what you’ll get. By using products that are virtually free of toxins and that meet the highest standards of quality and energy efficiency, our homes are healthy, livable, and environmentally friendly.

Check out some of our finished work and check out the rest of our blog to read up on some more modern, sustainable home design.

We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about your dream home — and how we can make it a reality!


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Harry Smith
Harry Smith
2 years ago

Loved this article. I was looking for house plans for my new home and I got some fruitful tips.

Mike Sanders
Mike Sanders
2 years ago

I like what you said about using a firm to help you build your custom house since they’ll have shorter timelines. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to get a custom house for her family in the coming years. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for builders that can help her with this.

Adam Golightly
Adam Golightly
2 years ago

My cousin has been thinking about building his new home so that he can be in the right neighborhood while having the rest of the house made to his specifications. It could be really useful for him to get some help designing the area from a professional so that it is made with kids in mind. I’ll be sure to tell him about how they should work with someone that will listen to his input and design to create a truly unique home.

Jesse Ford
Jesse Ford
2 years ago

I like how you mentioned that the connection between the construction of a home and its design of it needs to be in symmetry. My wife and I are thinking of hiring drafting services because we’re considering building a custom dream home for us to live in. I think it’s a good idea for us to consider all of our options when hiring reputable professionals to help us with our floor plan so that the construction will go as smoothly as possible.


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