WHAT OUR PLANS INCLUDE
Our construction drawings are detailed, clear and concise and each plan
is designed to meet nationally recognized building codes (either the Uniform
Building Code, Standard Building Code or Basic Building Code) at the time
and place they were drawn.
The Blueprints for most home designs include the following
elements, but the presentation of these blueprints may vary
depending on the size and complexity of the home:
- Detailed Floor Plan(s) show much more information than mere
placement of the interior walls and room arrangement. Symbols may be
combined on the plans to show type and location of doors, windows, cabinets,
stairways, fireplaces, flues, heating equipment, electric outlets, plumbing
fixtures, as well as other features. Numerical dimensions also indicate the
size and placement of features. Because the inclusion of so much information
on a floor plan might become confusing, it is sometimes necessary to provide
separate plans for specific trade information, for instance, an Electrical
Plan or a Heating Layout, in addition to the regular plan.
- Schematic Electrical Layouts show the suggested locations for switches,
fixtures and outlets. These details may be shown on the floor plan or on a separate
- Foundation Plans include drawings for a full
or partial basement, crawlspace, slab foundation. All necessary notations
and dimensions are included. (Foundation options will vary for each plan).
If the home you want does not have the type of foundation you desire, for a
small fee one may be developed by the designer of your plan.
Note: Some plans may require additional square footage to
allow for a staircase.
- Exterior Elevations show the front, sides and rear of the house,
including exterior materials, pitch of roof, height of plate lines and details.
- Interior Elevations show the specific detail of cabinets (kitchen,
bathroom, and utility room), fireplaces, and other special interior features,
depending on the nature and complexity of the item.
- Ceiling & Floor Joist Framing show the size and spacing of all joist.
- Building Sections and Construction Details show details of the house as
though it were cut in slices from the roof to the foundation. The building sections
specify the home's construction, fireplace sections, insulation, flooring and roofing details.
- Roof Plan show slope, overhang, pitch and location ridge line, hips, valleys,
of dormers, gables and other roof elements, including clerestory windows. These details
may be shown on the elevation sheet or on a separate diagram. Note: If trusses
are used, we suggest using a local truss manufacturer to design your trusses to
comply with your local codes and regulations.
- Full Reverse Plans are redrawn completely in reverse of original
plans, including all lettering and dimensions. We recommended this over the
"Mirror Image Plans" to avoid any confussion in reading the blueprints.
NOTE: Due to regional variations, local availability of materials,
local codes, methods of installation, and individual preferences,
it is impossible to include much detail on heating, plumbing, and
electrical work on your plans. The duct work, venting, and other
details will vary depending on the type of heating and cooling
system (forced air, hot water, electric, solar) and the type of
energy (gas, oil, electricity, solar) that you use. These details
and specifications are easily obtained from your builder,
contractor, and/or local suppliers.