All good projects start with a good plan. We took our basic design and started drawing more detailed plans. We used 2 inexpensive 3D programs, HGTV and Home Design Studio. One of the programs gave a nice renderings, the other created better structural renderings. By doing a self build, we were actually able to upgrade. We added more windows, a steel roof, premium vinyl siding, and increased the size of the loft/dormer to 24 ft, and we were still substantially under on cost. Again, as the plan came together, all building techniques were designed to be done by 2 people with minimal heavy equipment. Below is our material list we created in Xcel with cost estimates.