We are going to build a new home in the near future. I am a nut for researching something to death before buying anything. If I use this approach it may be 5 years before we start. Since I live in a rural area there are not many architects available. I have looked in some of the plan books but naturally no one plan is ideal. Since this is our first and most likely last house we will build we want it to be exactly the way we want. I know an architect can do exactly this but has anyone had experience using plan book plans and maybe modified them to suit or an experience with an architect that was good or bad. I guess I hate the thought of paying an architect big dollars for something that may be had for a lot less by using a home plan book. Any thoughts are appreciated. Also any online resources to research appliances, fixtures, etc. Thanks.