Plan packages come with the standard items your builder will need to construct the house, duplex or apartment in most locations. See below for more information.
What you will get
In most cases, plans are shipped in the industry standard 1/4" format and will include 5 sets of the items listed below. PDF orders consist of a file that contains all the same items as our standard plan package orders. It also adds the benefits of printing as many sets as needed or desired for construction, as well as having the file on computer for reference. See pdf files for more information on this format.
Notes and building codes
Plans are designed to meet generally accepted building codes at the time they were produced. Many locations amend standard building codes to address conditions and/or elements specific to their area. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or builder to see that all local building codes and/or zoning requirements are met.
All home plan packages contain a monolithic slab foundation plan. Depending on your region and local building practices, you may wish to convert to another foundation type such as basement or crawl-space. Any professional builder can easily adapt a plan for the specific foundation type you require!
Due to significant variations in site conditions and code requirements from one location to another, basement foundations and 2nd floor systems must be addressed by your builder or building professional.
Due to differences in climate from one region to another, it is customary for your contractor to provide HVAC plans.
If a sprinkler system is required by your local codes, that design, details and installation plan must be done by someone licensed in your area. This is a "specialty" contractor situation that must be obtained locally.
If an engineers or other professional stamp is required by your building department, it is possible that you will need to have the plans evaluated, supplemented (including any required calculations) and stamped at the local level through an architect or engineer licensed in your state. This is common practice. Otherwise it would not be accepted by your building department. See your local building official for information.
Some locations may require energy calculations. This must be obtained locally due to widely varying requirements. Much of this can be done through a local review by someone licensed in this area and addressed through basic notations.
Since we are not familiar with your lot/property, we do not provide site plans with our packages. This can typically be obtained through your local surveyor.
In some cases, we can provide additional drawings upon request. Anything not listed above will not be included in the standard plan package.