If you’re buying house plans online, you should know that many online stock home plan companies sell inferior plans that do not include all the necessary information needed to safely build your home.
The details of your construction drawings are critical to ensure that your new home is built using proper structural and building methods. The House Designers has the highest standard approval policies that are not held by any other house plan website. Please take time and review the following:
It is important to note that all plans sold on The House Designers will have the entire structure sized; this includes:
In some regions, there is another step you will need to take to insure your house plans are in compliance with local codes. Despite our all-inclusive structure on our plans, some areas of North America have additional engineering requirements. It is possible you will need to hire a State licensed structural engineer to analyze the design and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your local building department. Examples of this would be, but not limited to,
If you aren’t sure, building departments typically have a handout listing all of the items they require to submit to obtain a building permit.
Additionally, stock plans do not have a professional stamp attached. If your building department requires one, they will only accept a stamp from a professional licensed in the state where you plan to build. In this case, you will need to take your house plans to a local engineer or architect for review and stamping. In addition, plans which are used to construct homes in Nevada are required to be drawn by a licensed Nevada architect.
Our foundation plans have been designed for universal conditions and do not address a specific site. It is recommended that soil samples be taken at the site by a competent local soil testing laboratory. The foundation should be modified by a local structural engineer to comply with the findings and recommendations of the soil testing laboratory.
In addition to the house plans you order, you may also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. Your home builder or surveyor can usually help with this step.
You may also need a septic design unless your lot is served by a sanitary sewer system. Many areas now have area-specific energy codes that also have to be followed. This normally involves filling out a simple form providing documentation that your house plans are in compliance.
The House Designers offers a one-time 14 day exchange policy for non-electronic plan packages for plans that have not been modified, used, marked on or copied. Exchanges are subject to a 20% restocking fee and all sales on electronic and reproducible house plans and customization/modifications are final.
For more information or to receive pricing on obtaining an engineering stamp, modification estimates or design assistance from our house plan experts, simply email, live chat or call our toll free number 866-214-2242, and we’d be happy to assist you.