A growing number of home buyers are shelling out thousands of dollars to create blueprints for high-end properties using such Web sites as ThePlanCollection.com, ePlans.com, HomePlans.com, FloorPlans.com, and DreamHomeSource.com. The sites have seen a jump in business since the housing market began its recovery, and Hillary Gottemoeller of Hanley Wood Business Media says many of these homes are now smaller in size but have such pricey details that building costs can top $1 million. Some buyers are planning such amenities as master bathrooms with a shower and a soaking tub, porches with indoor/outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, chef-quality kitchens, and his-and-her walk-in closets. More luxury plans are for large single-level homes with flex space that can serve as dining rooms, offices, guest rooms, or home gyms. Design plans can cost under $500 if purchased online as-is, but buyers can spend over $5,000 for customizable plans. Moreover, buyers may have to modify the plans based on local building requirements; and these revisions could wipe out any savings from purchasing an online blueprint. | Read More