One of the biggest questions that most do-it-yourselfers want to know, when it comes to building a house is whether they need an architect or not. Can not they simply draw the plans for themselves and submit them to the planning and construction departments?
Most of the time, you do not need an architect. However, some states require that all houses or at least some tall buildings be designed by a registered and registered architect. You could probably call your local building department to get all the information you need to start your new home construction project, including whether you need an architect or not.
You would not be the first owner to draw your own plans and this can often be an exciting process. There are many programs available on the Internet and some can even be found in your local stores around your community selling home design software. I will not recommend any of these products, but there are many that make you think of creativity.
If you want to design your home and your community needs a chartered architect to draw your plans and you still want to do it yourself, meet a local architect and explain your situation. I am sure most architects would like you to provide them with a floor plan and an exterior elevation of the house you would like to build.
It's just a matter of asking the right people the right questions. Contact your local planning and construction departments and explain your situation. Most people who work for these departments are extremely helpful to homeowners. Owners like you are often the people who pay their wages.