Exterior Elevations (front, rear, left & right sides) typically include:
Floor and ceiling heights
Dimensions of standard windows
Dimensions of roof overhangs
Location of all needed flashings (mention of “typical” in most cases)
Height and location of foundation indicated in dashed lines
Type of finishing and textures (we write siding, horizontal or vertical but not the company)
Dimension and height of chimney (dimensions yes but the height is determined by the local building code)
Foundation plans typically include:
All exterior and interior dimensions
Thickness of foundation walls (if variable)
All the structures needed to hold the first level, columns with load applications, beam sizes, variations in floor joists and their exact location. (The load application is not present. Same for the beam, we mention they are but not the size because this can be changed as per manufacturer)
Location of stairwell
Location and sizes of windows
Location and dimensions of footings (where applicable and required)
Floor plan(s) typically include:
All interior and exterior dimensions (included but not as a schedule)
Location and sizes of doors and windows
Indication of the structure above (second floor or roof)
Indication of details that are available on other pages
Roof plans typically include:
Location of all the different trusses needed
The general overcharge of the roof compared to the floor footprint underneath
Building cross-section(s) and truss details typically include:
All the different floor and ceiling heights
Dimensions and design of trusses
Dimensions and details of overhand
Roof pitch on all truss sections
Construction details typically include:
Sections of concrete wall with wood connection
Section of walls with particulars called out
Section of concrete porch and connection with wood frame
Foundation particulars in the garage entrance
Components of certain types of walls (ex: between garage and living quarters)
Typical wall sections typically include;
All the details and components needed in the construction of a house, including window section in a typical wall, connection between floor and exterior wall with their components, type of beam used.
Note: This plan does not include HVAC, electrical and plumbing.
PDF plan sets are best for fast electronic delivery and inexpensive local printing.
5 Copy and PDF Set
5 printed plan sets mailed to you plus PDF plan sets are best for fast electronic delivery and inexpensive local printing.
For inexpensive local printing / making minor adjustments by hand. 1 printed set, typically on Bond paper.
For use by design professionals to make substantial changes to your house plan and inexpensive local printing.
Ideal for level lot, lower level of home partially or fully underground.
Ideal for semi-sloped or level lot, home can be built off of grade, typically 18” - 48”.
A concrete slab that covers the ground with no anchoring, it simply floats. Typical for garages and workshop plans.
A single concrete pour with thicker portions that replace footers under load bearing walls and all perimeter edges.
Stem Wall Foundation
Joins the foundation with a house’s vertical walls; often part of stem-wall slab foundation systems, which are constructed like a crawlspace foundation but filled in and compacted, then the slab is poured.
*Options with a fee may take time to prepare. Please call to confirm.
*Options with a fee may take time to prepare. Please call to confirm.
Choose this option to reverse your plans and to have the text and dimensions readable.
Additional Construction Sets
Additional hard copies of the plan (can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days of the purchase date).
Audio Video Design
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of audio and video components.
Educate yourself about basic building ideas with these four detailed diagrams that discuss electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and structural topics.
Receive an overlay sheet with suggested placement of lighting fixtures.
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In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. You might also need beams sized to accommodate roof loads specific to your region. Your home builder can usually help you with this. You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing documentation that your house plans are in compliance.
In some regions, there is a second step you will need to take to ensure your house plans are in compliance with local codes. Some areas of North America have very strict engineering requirements. Examples of this would be, but not limited to, earthquake-prone areas of California and the Pacific Coast, hurricane risk areas of the Florida, Gulf & Carolina Coasts. New York, New Jersey, Nevada, and parts of Illinois require review by a local professional as well. If you are building in these areas, it is most likely you will need to hire a state licensed structural engineer to analyze the design and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren’t sure, building departments typically have a handout they will give you listing all of the items they require to submit for and obtain a building permit.
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