How It Works

So what happens when I buy a LifeStage Home Design?

You may be coming to look for home plans at different parts of the process. Maybe you’ve already found a builder but need a plan for the house design. Maybe you are just now starting to research the idea of building your own home. Or maybe you’re a home builder looking for plans to share with clients.

Wherever you are in the process, this page should help you understand what happens when you buy a plan from LifeStage Home Design.

First, choose the plan of your dreams – or adjust as needed.

LifeStage Home Designs offer you beautiful, thoughtful, accessible homes without the expensive cost of hiring an architect. Our ready-to-build house plans are just that – well designed and ready to be used by a builder to become your next forever home.

You can shop a wide variety of home designs on our website, grouped by one-story, two-story, and multi-generational plans. (Learn about all that’s included in a home design here.) If a home looks perfect to you, you’re ready to make a purchase through our website.

After checkout, an order confirmation will be emailed from our system to the email address provided at checkout. Once your payment is confirmed, you will receive an email with a link to download your house plans. If any supplementary documents are needed with your house design, they will be emailed to you separately within 5 business days. All plans are issued as PDF files, which is the fastest and best way for you to receive them. If needed, printed sets can also be purchased for an additional fee.

We also understand that you may have personal preferences, changes or requests for modifications to the plans you see online – and we can help with that too. Learn more about available modifications here.

Next, decide how many houses you plan to build.

For most people, you’re buying plans to build one house. If you are the homeowner, you will buy the license (rights) to build one home, and then you can hire a builder of your choice. If you’re a builder, though, you can choose to purchase a license to build more than one home based on the house plans. Remember – if a builder owns the plans with multiple licenses, the builder can construct as many homes as they choose. So if you are a future homeowner who wants a unique home in your neighborhood, you should buy the plans directly yourself.

Finally, have your plans approved and built.

LifeStage Home Designs is a national company. So to comply with local building laws, you will need to have your purchased plans reviewed by a licensed engineer, in your local area, who is familiar with the building codes and standard building practices in the location you intend to build your home.

Once the plans are approved, you’re ready to hire a builder and build the house of your dreams. And we’re always here to answer questions or talk with your builder about design issues.

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What to Do When Mom Moves Back In

Are you considering moving your parent or parents in with you? You’re not alone. There are plenty of reasons to want to have family together under one roof – but also plenty of reasons it can be challenging. A family that includes multiple generations needs a home that can handle a variety of ages and abilities – as well as the important needs for comfort, independence, and privacy.

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Are you considering moving your parent or parents in with you? You’re not alone. There are plenty of reasons to want to have family together under one roof – but also plenty of reasons it can be challenging. A family that includes multiple generations needs a home that can handle a variety of ages and abilities – as well as the important needs for comfort, independence, and privacy.

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See what our clients have to say.

"We found Mark at LifeStage to be the consummate professional: always willing to listen and help us to create our vision for the house. This has been a challenging project as we are creating a separate dedicated space for a family member with special needs and another space for an elderly parent. Mark has been with us every step of the way. He has been a joy to work with, talented, personable, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."

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Home Stories

See what our clients have to say.

"We found Mark at LifeStage to be the consummate professional: always willing to listen and help us to create our vision for the house. This has been a challenging project as we are creating a separate dedicated space for a family member with special needs and another space for an elderly parent. Mark has been with us every step of the way. He has been a joy to work with, talented, personable, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."

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Let’s discuss your forever home.

If you’re ready to buy a house plan or are just starting to research universal design options, we’re happy to answer your questions. Our design experts can help you choose a home plan that suits your needs – for accessibility, aging in place, multigenerational living or long-term investment.

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