1.  Where do I start when looking for a house plan?

The FIRST thing you should do is write down a list of what you want and need in your new home.  (How many beds, baths; do you need an office or a game room)  Email me a list with the area you want to build in and a range for a budget.  I can give you some direction.

2.  How is the square footage calculated?
The square footage for a home is based on heated living space only. Typically this would
include any finished basement area. It does not include the garage, any porches or any bonus space.

3.  Will the plans meet my county’s building codes?
Each state, city and subdivision have their own set of codes and regulations that they have determined work best for their area. As stock plans are sold throughout the country, they meet national codes. However, you will need to take the plans to a local architect or engineer to determine if the plans will meet local codes. You may want to consider our modification services.

4.  What do I need to know about local building and zoning requirements?
At the time of creation, our plans are drawn to specifications published by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) International, Inc.; The Southern Building Code Congress (SBCCI) International Inc. The International Conference of Building Officials; or the Council of
American Building Officials (CABO). Our plans are designed to meet or exceed national building standards.

Because of the great differences in geography and climate throughout the United States and Canada, each state, county, and municipality has its own building codes, zone requirements, ordinances and building regulations. Your plan may need to be modified to comply with local requirements regarding snow loads, energy codes, soil and seismic conditions and a wide range of other matters. In addition, you may need to obtain permits or inspections from local government agencies before and while in construction.

Prior to using blueprints or CAD ordered from us, we strongly advise that you consult a licensed architect or engineer — and speak with your local building official — before applying for any permit or beginning construction.

5.  Is there any way to know if a plan has been purchased and /or built in my area?
We do not retain personal building information on the customers who have purchased plans from us due to privacy reasons. Normally when they have bought the plans, they move from the location where we have shipped. Even if we were allowed to offer such information, it’s impossible to track.

6.  What is a walk-out basement?
A walkout basement is the type of basement that allows a door to open into the yard because the
basement is at ground level. This type of basement is used for a rear sloping lot.

7.  How many blueprints do I need?
A single set of blueprints is sufficient to study a home in greater detail. However, if you are planning to obtain cost estimates from a contractor or subcontractors — or if you are planning to build immediately, you will need additional sets. Because additional sets are less expensive when ordered in quantity with the original order, make sure you order enough blueprints to satisfy all requirements. The following checklist will help you determine how many plan sets you need.

  • Owner
  • Builder (generally requires at least three sets; one as a legal document,
    one to use during inspections, and at least one to give to each subcontractor)
  • Local Building Department (often requires two sets)
  • Mortgage Lender (usually one set for a conventional three sets for FHA or VA loans)

8. Can I make copies of the plans?
The plans are copyrighted and not reproducible. Copies can only be made if you order the reproducible print.

9. What do the abbreviations on the floor plans stand for?
Some common abbreviations that appear on the floor plans are:

  • K.S.- Knee Space
  • Pan.- Pantry
  • W.I.C.- Walk in Closet
  • FP- Fireplace
  • W/D – Washer/Dryer
  • D.W.- Dishwasher
  • Ref.- Refrigerator
  • Util – Utility Room
  • VLT- Vaulted Ceiling
  • Pdr.- Powder Room

More to come in the near future.  Please give us a call or email us with any questions.
(We are here to help. )