House Plans

 

Getting a Good House Plan Takes Planning


Acquiring a set of plans for the house you want to build is one of the first things you will do.   You can’t get financing until you have a complete set of plans.

There’s more to consider than just buying a set of plans that look good.  This chapter contains examples of what a complete house plan consists of, and the many things you need to know about how to get a plan and get it right.

 

What Your Plan Will Need

 

A house plan (blueprints) you can build with has several components, which you are probably at least somewhat familiar already.

Beside the floor plan (how the rooms layout and relate to one another), there are the elevations (what the house looks like on the outside) and the specification sheets, among other things.

You can get all of these from the same source.

 

Before You Spend Money On House Plans

 

Visit your local Building Inspection office and ask them what must be included in an approvable set of plans.  It’s not likely, but they might require the seal of a registered architect or engineer.

Or they might require at least some engineered specifications, such as for foundation or framing.  Know the requirements before you spend money on a plan.

 

Where To Obtain House Plans

 

Online is a good place to start.  There are abundant websites that can provide plans for any size and style of house you could imagine.

Book stores have dozens of books and magazines with thousands of plans.

Local architects and home designers have stock plans that they will sell much more cheaply than original plans which they draw at your request.

Home shows and open-houses conducted by realtors are a good way to get ideas.

You will need specification sheets, or “Description of Materials.”  If you hire an architect or designer, they should provide it.   You can view the form here.

 

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Emma
January 13, 2014
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Great read through! Really enjoying this site so far smilies/smiley.gif Makes me a little less frightened to attempt!

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