About craig

Hi, I am Craig Swanson, father of four, husband of one. I live with Elaine, my wife of 32 years and two of my college-age children, Eli and Jacque. I draft plans and design new homes and residential building projects in Spokane, Washington. The program that I use is Sketchup and I highly recommend it for play and work.

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People are typically confused about who exactly they need to hire to draft their custom home floor plans. Should they Google for a local residential architect or plan drafting company or a home designer? I know because nearly half of my business comes from Google searches and so I am aware of the words and phrases […]

Beautiful Custom Home Plans built and designed just for the Millers

I must say that I have a dream job, working with couples to design their dream custom home plans in Spokane, Washington. Drafting custom home plans and plans for additions and shops is what I do most of the time. But each year I have been lucky enough to get to build at least one […]

One house plan builder’s long road to the top in Spokane

Until only recently, I would not have claimed to be the best choice for someone in our area to select as their custom house plan draftsman. But now experience and the results of that experience have slowly given me the confidence to truly believe that. It is something that has been very exciting to have […]

Plan for the Future

There is a simple reason new home construction lacks design innovation. Building a spec home is always a gamble and so builders reduce risk by building homes they speculate have the best chance of selling. That is why the largest portion of new construction homes are three-bedroom, two bath ranchers with a covered porch, preferably […]

A Nice Day For Drive

I always love to see the projects that I have drawn blueprints for after they have been completed and are being used for what they were intended to be used for and so recently Elaine and I decided to go on a drive and visit a  projects in Central Washington.

The home was located in Desert […]

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Saving money on Spokane house, shop or any building plans

Recently I got a phone call from a guy planning to build a house in Electric City. He told me that he would be in town the following Friday and wanted to meet. He also told me that he was going to meet with two local drafting businesses who also produce Spokane house plans that […]

My Humble You Tube video with 71,000 plus hits

I put up this video nearly four years ago while building the Della Dean and have been amazed at how much it has been watched considering I just did it on a lark. I gave my smart phone to my son Eli and had him shoot while I jabbered on about how I install crown […]

If You Can Dream It We Can Draw It

This past summer Vince Martin found me and hired me to draft plans for a deck he wanted to build at his lake property. I had never seen anything quite like  the double decker that he had in mind but if that was he wanted, then that was what he was going to get. Because […]

Thoughts on Custom Home Plans vs. Stock Plans

Are Custom Home Plans a Better Choice than Wholesale House Plans?

The short answer to the question about custom home plans versus wholesale plans is that custom home plans are the better choice when you want to have a new home built. The home we live in is not like the clothes we wear in the […]

How to Save Money on Custom House Plans

Once you have made the decision that you want to live in a home that no one else has lived in before, then you must decide between building a house from a set of stock house plans that have been used perhaps hundreds of times or from a set of house plans that have been […]