Five Houston designers are gathering on the ground floor of Hometta, a new web-based business that aims to promote and sell plans for small Modern homes. Architect James Evans of Collaborative Design Works, Rice architecture professor Dawn Finley of Interloop Architecture, Brett Zamore of Brett Zamore Design, and Blair Satterfield of HouMinn Practice are scheming with architect Andrew McFarland to build up a company store of designs measuring less than 2,500 sq. ft. Hometta’s founder is developer Mark Johnson of Area 16 Homes.
The company plans to have designs from 25 different studios ready for the launch of its web catalog next month, available under a tiered subscription system. Access to design renderings will be available for a small fee; for a larger fee, customers will be allowed to look through plans on the site and give access to contractors for bidding.
Once the customer finds a builder and receives a bid they are happy with, they may then buy the plans, which range from $1195 for a studio-sized house to $3195 for a 3-bedroom. Our Builder Search feature will help match homebuyers with a qualified builder in their area.
After that, you’re on your own:
Prospective homeowners are responsible for the entire building process: finding a lot, hiring a builder, hiring an engineer and other third party experts. Most of our participating studios are willing to provide additional services, which must be negotiated between the plan buyer and the studio independently of Hometta.
Homes designed by Interloop Architecture and Brett Zamore Design were featured in this spring’s Rice Design Alliance tour of small houses:
- Hometta.com Readies for Launch [Hometta]
- Hometta: Affordable Modern Home Plans [Dwell]
- Small Houses x9 [Rice Design Alliance]
Renderings, from top: Collaborative Design Works (Binary House); Min | Day (Wide Open House); HouMinn Practice (Draft House). Photos: Daniel Hennessey for Interloop Architecture (48-Foot House); Brett Zamore Design (Shot-Trot House)