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Oct 19 2011

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Will My House Plans include Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC Details?

House Plans 001H-0044The home plans published by The House Plan Shop are considered stock plans or pre-drawn blueprints designed to meet the national building codes in place at the time each was created. They do not necessarily meet any state, county or municipal building codes. Furthermore, pre-drawn house plans do not include extensive information regarding HVAC, electrical and plumbing details.

 

Information about the HVAC will be determined locally. The HVAC system will depend on the climate, types of unit(s) you use, and the size of your home/amount of finished living space to be heated and cooled. Necessary ductwork will be determined by the type of heating and cooling system selected and local building codes. Discuss and review all HVAC information with your local HVAC professional or your contractor.

 

While some stock home plans include a simple electrical plan indicating the suggested locations of outlets, switches and fixtures, it will be up to your builder or local electrician to install all electrical elements according to local electrical code. Take time to review the electrical information and details with your builder or electrician before construction begins.

 

Finally, plumbing fixtures are included in stock house plans. However, the blueprints will not reflect a plumbing schematic. The sewer system and flow of water lines are site specific and must be determined by local professionals. Talk with your plumber or contractor to discuss plumbing details.

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Sep 21 2011

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Building a House: Where to Begin?

House Plan 054H-0077Have you found yourself asking, “I want to build my dream home, but where do I start?” If so, you’ve come to the right place. There is a wide range of resources available to help you get started on your home building project. Most of these resources are easy-to-access and will offer insight and knowledge about the construction project you are about to tackle. Below are just a few of the house building resources available to you.

 

  • Talk to family members and friends who have built a home or completed another residential construction project such as building a garage. These people will speak from experience and have a wealth of knowledge to share. Ask them what worked, what didn’t go so well, what that would have planned better and what things they would do differently if they were to build again.
  • Spend some time talking to professionals at local lumberyards. These people are especially knowledgeable about building materials.
  • Take time to check with your local building department or building inspector. Find out what is required in your city, town or municipality for new home construction. Ask about building permits, building codes and other regulations you’ll be expected to follow.
  • Contact local building professionals that have experience with residential construction and ask lots of questions. Some of these people include builders, contractors, residential designers, carpenters, electricians and other various professionals.
  • If you need to get a loan, check with various mortgage lenders. Find out what steps you need to take to qualify for a loan and what the lender expects throughout the lifetime of the construction loan.
  • Use the Internet. There are all sorts of construction and building websites that offer a wealth of information about the building process from beginning to end.
  • Don’t forget about The House Plan Shop! We have an extensive resources page with many articles and tips to help you through the home building process. Also, you can follow us on Twitter and check out our Facebook page for current postings about building a house, residential construction, green building and other related information.

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Aug 31 2011

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What Information is Included in House Blueprints

House BlueprintsIf you are considering purchasing a home plan from The House Plan Shop, you may be wondering what is included in the blueprints we offer. Below is a listing of the elements typically included in the pre-drawn house plans we published:

 

  1. Cover sheet
  2. Foundation Plan
  3. Floor Plan(s)
  4. Interior Elevations
  5. Exterior Elevations
  6. Basic Electric
  7. Simple Plumbing
  8. Details
  9. Sections

 

To find out specific information about each one of these elements, please review The House Plan Shop’s FAQs.

 

Note: Not all pre-drawn home plans incorporate every element listed here. Blueprint pages vary by designer.

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Jul 27 2011

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How Much Does it Cost to Build This Home Plan

House Plan 057H-0022Before a customer makes a final decision on the right house plan or purchases blueprints, we are often asked how much it will cost to build a particular home. The experts at The House Plan Shop understand this is an important factor in making a final decision, as customers want to be sure they can afford to build the house of their dreams without going over budget. However, we know the costs for materials and labor vary greatly from one state to the next and sometimes even within the same city, making it impossible for us to provide an estimate for one of our house plans in any specified location. We can’t possibly know all the going rates for materials and labor all across the US and Canada. So, how can you get an estimated cost to build your desired home plan? We recommend checking with a few local builders or lumberyards. If you opt to check with builders, you can look in the phonebook, online or check with other family members and friends who have built a home in the past. Builders and the professionals at lumberyards deal with construction and materials costs on a daily basis and know the going rates for materials and labor in your particular area. Just ask for an estimated cost to build. Often, these professionals will quote a dollar amount per square foot. Be sure to ask what this quote includes as sometimes it will not include the heating and cooling system, foundation materials and a few other things. Checking locally is the best way to get an estimated cost to build for any of our house plans. We know it is a little more leg work for you, but, the estimate you obtain locally will be more accurate than any estimate we could provide because our estimate would be a guess.  

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Jul 20 2011

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House Plans for Sloping Lots

House Plan 053H-0042If you are ready to build a new house, but are challenged by a hillside lot, mountainous property or a lot that slopes in one direction, you’ll need to find a house plan suitable for a sloping lot. Perhaps you are building on waterfront property that slopes to a stunning lake or on steep and rugged terrain with a panoramic view. You’ll want to consider many of the house plans in our Waterfront Home Plan collection and those in our Mountain House Plan collection. They are designed to accommodate sloping lots. Most of these designs are fashioned on a walkout basement allowing you to dig into the ground and create extra living space below the main level of the home. Furthermore, the walkout basement allows you to walkout out to your backyard or side yard from the lower level. Some of these designs offer drive-under garages using the lower level for parking and giving you the entire main floor for living space. In most cases, sloping lot house plans enjoy a view and feature large decks and porches as well plenty of windows oriented toward the view, taking advantage of the natural beauty of the property or lot. Sloping lot house plans are sometimes referred to hillside home plans and can vary in size and architectural style. They can be one or more stories and range from weekend cabins to luxurious primary residences. Many split-level home designs work well for front-sloping lots and incorporate at least a few stairs to access the front door.

 

Take some time to browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of home designs to find the right sloping lot home plan for you.

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