Of most all the plans I've ever used, including the house we now live in, I have made it my own. In the case of the house I used the basic design, flipped rooms, put the garage on the opposite end, and changed dimensions of some rooms also changing window styles and sizes. For me a plan is a basic design but a guideline that can be customized to what you want. I've taken several plans and used parts of each to come up with what I want or need. Never look at a plan as the only way but rather a guide and starting point. Just saying.....
A few plans are to be followed exactly step by step. Such as a 100% accurate ship model. Any other plans are just for ideas on how I want to do something. For my own designs I normally just look at pictures, lots of pictures. For one of my designs recently I wound up discarding about 360 images. Take a bit from one, a bit from another, modify a bit from another, and so on. Finally wind up with something I like, and it is a totally original piece. I like plans, I love plans; for looking at for ideas, not for following. But mostly just like pictures.
I think we're close to being on the same page as far as plans go.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.