Custom Design Questions
DO YOU ALSO DO COMMERCIAL PROJECTS?
At this time we do not provide plans for any commercial spaces. We enjoy and put all our focus on residential projects.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO OUR INITIAL MEETING?
To make full use of the consultation please come prepared to discuss your budget, goals and needs, at your initial consultation. All of these issues are essential in determining what kind of project is structurally and financially feasible.
When we meet meet you, we will assess how we can best contribute to your project. At that meeting we will run through what will be involved from the early stages of developing a design to its construction.
WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO APPLY FOR A BUILDING PERMIT?
Our plans will require a third party structural engineer to provide their own plans and an energy design compliant with the current step code.
We have a list of professionals that we can recommend to you.
WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN THE PLANS ARE COMPLETE?
You will receive a digital version (PDF) and a minimum of 3 printed copies (24” x 36”).
CAN I RE-USE A PLAN?
No, your plan is solely for the build of 1 house on the designated property specified prior to commencing the project.
HOW LONG DOES THE DESIGN PROCESS TAKE?
Depending on the complexity of your project we will explain how long each stage will take and set targets for their completion. On average, our projects take anywhere from 2-6 months.
HOW INVOLVED CAN I GET?
In essence, as much as you would like to. Any successful project is a result of a good working relationship and collaboration between a client and architect. We aim to guide and enable Clients to take as much involvement as they would like.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I NEED TO GET STARTED WITH THE DESIGN?
Yes, you are responsible for providing the necessary documents needed to begin the project. Depending on your project, you may need reports, surveys, existing blueprints, etc. We will provide you a list of the things we require.
DO YOU MAKE SITE VISITS?
Yes! We love checking up on local projects and seeing it all come to life. We make periodic visits during stages and can be there if you have any questions throughout.
If you are located over 1 hour from our office and a site visit is needed, additional travel fees may occur.
DO I GET A CAD VERSION?
No, since they could be altered we do not give out the CAD files.
Stock Plan Questions
CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO A STOCK PLAN?
Absolutely! Please contact us with the plan you are looking to alter, we’ll discuss the changes you’re looking to have done and give you an estimate for the work required to make those changes.
CAN I RE-USE A PLAN?
With your house plan purchase, you are licensed to use our house plans to build (1) home at the designated address specified prior to purchase.
HOW MANY SETS OF PLANS DO I NEED TO BUILD MY HOUSE?
You should keep a full set for your records plus enough plan sets for your builder and contractors, lending institution, and building department. A quick trip to your local building department or to their website will tell you how many copies they will need. Contractors and subcontractors will all need copies of the plan to create a bid. It is increasingly popular to buy the electronic “PDF” version of plans because you can take or send the file to your local print shop whenever you need another copy.
CAN I SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOUSE PLAN?
We are constantly requesting photographs from our Customers and Designers and we do upload many new photos every week. If the plan you like does not have photos displayed, it is likely we have not been able to get photographs yet. Please contact us and we will attempt to obtain additional photos for you.
ARE YOUR STOCK PLANS READY TO SUBMIT TO MY BUILDING DEPARTMENT FOR PERMITTING?
Every county is different. Our plans contain enough information to build a home, but they may not include all of the information that your local authority requires. Prior to application for a building permit or the start of actual construction, we strongly advise that you consult your local building official to verify what you will need to submit for your building permit.
WHY SHOULD I BUY STOCK PLANS VS. A CUSTOM PLAN?
You can achieve cost savings of up to 90% over custom house plans. It may take hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to design a home from scratch. A ready-made plan saves you time and money - and can be modified to suit your needs.
Many pre-drawn plans have been previously built, and most have had the construction problems resolved. This translates into far fewer design headaches and reduced labor costs for you at the time of building your plan.
When working with a ready-made house plan, final cost estimates are more accurate because details, such as generating a materials list (check availability), are already taken into account. Savvy customers dedicate most of their budget towards high-quality building materials and home amenities, instead of losing the bulk of their budget to engage an expensive architect to design, re-design, and prepare working drawings for contractor bids - only to learn that the cost of building the house exceeds their budget.
Ready-made house plans have the same high-quality design specs as custom plans, because many plans were originally created as custom plans by skilled architects and home designers.
Speedy delivery of your plans - within a few days, instead of a few months, you'll have your construction documents in hand.
Whichever your decision - stock or custom - the right house plan is waiting for you!
CAN I USE YOUR EMAIL CONTENT / SOCIAL MEDIA / BLOG POSTS ON MY OWN SITE?
No. You many not reprint or republish any of our content without our written permission, except where otherwise specified. We would however, love for you to share or link back to our content!