We're hoping to break ground on building our house next year, and I've been stressing myself out with the billions of plans out there on the internet. We like lots, don't love any. They don't give them away either. Most are $1k+ for drawings with CAD versions we'd want to have in order to tweak things. Has anyone worked with an architect? Would it be worthwhile hiring one and just bringing in a few plans from the web that we like parts of rather than pay $1k+ for a plan and have to pay an architect to modify a bunch of things on it anyways? I don't want to screw this part up as it is pretty hard to change your mind later We are planning on building a "small" (~1800 sq ft) house with lots of character. But to keep the construction loan to a minimum, we want to skimp on little details and add them later. Things like beams on the ceilings, and other "craftsman" type built-ins.