|No, hiring an architect is not essential to building your own home. There are excellent home plans and blueprints available from home plan books and magazines.1
Typically, the costs of having an architect design your home runs from ten to fifteen percent of the building cost. You might figure an average of $10,000 to $30,000 plus, depending on your plans. In comparison, you can get a set of nine copies of excellent stock plans, also designed by in-house architects, from a reputable supplier (visit www.homeplans.com), between $500 and $1,500.