If you are considering building a new house, you have a couple of options when it comes to purchasing blueprints. You can choose a stock house plan like those found at www.thehouseplanshop.com or you can hire a design professional to draw a custom home plan. Many people who build new homes choose a pre-drawn stock house plans, but often wonder just what is included in a set of blueprints. Below is a list of items that are included in a typical set of construction drawings. Most stock house plans will include:
- A Coversheet – Usually the coversheet is an artist’s rendering of the finished home. It serves as a visual aid that represents the finished home. Generally, this page is not necessary for construction of the home, and some designers do not include a coversheet with their designs.
- Foundation Plan – The foundation plan is a detailed drawing of the foundation of the home. It provides necessary information about the foundation like the dimensions, location of support columns, thickness of the foundation walls, and floor joist sizes and spacing as well as other details and construction notes.
- Floor Plans – The floor plan page reflect the layout of the house and the arrangement of the rooms on each floor of the home. This page typically provides construction details such as room dimensions, wall sizes, door and window sizes and locations, notes about ceiling design and other details about layout and structural elements. Two-story homes and those with finished lower levels may have separate floor plan pages for each level of the home, or they may be found on the same page of the blueprint.
- Exterior Elevations – The exterior elevation page(s) provides views of all four sides of the home. These elevations reflect the exterior finish and trim of the home. They call out the materials used to finish the outside of the house such as siding, stucco, brick, stone, etc., and the elevations note the placement of these materials on the exterior of the home as well. Also, the exterior elevations will specify roofing materials and typically indicates roof pitches. Finally, the elevation page(s) will depict or call out decorative elements such as window shutters and porch columns. Sometimes window and door sizes are shown on this page as well.
- Interior Elevations – The interior elevations offer drawings and descriptive details specific to some of the built-in elements of the home such as handrails, moldings, fireplaces, built-in desks and bookshelves. Some interior elevations will include a cabinet layout as well.
- Simple Plumbing – The simple plumbing can either be found on the floor plan or on a separate page in the construction drawings. The simple plumbing will only reflect the locations of bathtubs, showers, toilets and sinks.
- Basic Electric – The basic electrical information will either be found on its own separate page or on the actual floor plan. It will simply reflect the suggested locations of outlets, fixtures and switches.
- Sections – The sections of a home plan may be found on a separate page in the blueprints or they may be found on various pages throughout the construction drawings. In general, the sections provide a view of the home that shows the composition of the foundation, exterior walls, interior walls, floors, roofs and stair details. The blueprint sections specify the rooflines, ceiling heights and the relationship between the floors of the home.
- Details – House plan details will either be found on a separate page of the blueprints or on various pages throughout the construction drawings. They provide necessary information about how smaller elements of the home should be constructed. Some examples include the design of the handrail and spindles or the moldings used throughout the home.
NOTE: Not all stock house plans include each element described here. The composition of a set of construction drawings varies by designer.
It is important to be aware that stock plans may not include everything you need to obtain building permits or pass building inspections. Sometimes it is necessary to hire a local design professional to add other information to the blueprints before you begin construction. Stock house plans will not include the following information:
Engineer’s or architect’s seal/stamp
Additionally, keep in mind that stock house plans are drawn to meet national building codes and are not guaranteed to meet all local building codes. Every state, province, city, county, municipality, etc., may have its own set of local building codes and requirements. Often, local building codes are influenced by geography and climate, and stock house plans may need to be adjusted to meet these codes. For example, a customer building a stock house plan in California will need to make adjustments to satisfy seismic codes, while a customer building the same house in the Rocky Mountains will need to make adjustments for snow load and insulation requirements. A local design professional will be able to add the necessary details to the blueprints in order to meet local building codes.
For more information about what is not included in stock house plans and additional details about local building codes, please review Everything You Need to Know about Stock House Plans in the resource section on our website.
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If 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:
- Cover sheet
- Foundation Plan
- Floor Plan(s)
- Interior Elevations
- Exterior Elevations
- Basic Electric
- Simple Plumbing
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.
Customers purchasing stock house plans often ask if their blueprints will include an electrical plan. In most cases, but not all, the floor plans will include a simple electrical plan. The electrical layout may be shown on a separate page in the construction drawings, or it might be shown on the floor plan page(s) of the blueprints. Stock house plans that do include a simple electrical plan will reflect suggested locations for outlets, switches and fixtures. However, they will not include a detailed wiring schematic showing exactly where to run the wiring, etc. The truth of the matter is all the electrical work in the new home must meet local building and electrical codes. It is up to the electrician working on the home to wire the house according to local electrical codes. It is also the electrician’s job to install the outlets, switches, fixtures and the electrical box in the proper places as designated by the electrical codes in place for the area, city, county or municipality where the house is being built.
For more information about what is included in a set of stock house plans, please review The House Plan Shop’s FAQs.
Are you considering building a house? Are you shopping for house plans? If your family enjoys the water, sunbathing and exciting pool parties with friends and family, consider a house plan designed to make the most of a backyard swimming pool. Home plan websites such as The House Plan Shop, offer a variety of floor plans designed for maximum enjoyment of a pool. Below are a few points to consider about home floor plans fashioned with a pool in mind.
- House plans designed for a pool are often oriented with poolside views from the main level and the upper level. Larger windows or extra windows are positioned for the view. There is nothing like gazing out of the bedroom or breakfast room window first thing in the morning and seeing that sparkling blue water. Others enjoy the pool’s tranquil look at the end of a long day. The pool’s soothing calmness promotes relaxation no matter when you catch a glance of it from inside the house.
- Floor plans for poolside living commonly include features and elements designed to promote outdoor living and entertaining. Some home plans showcase extensive covered patios, open patios, lanais and terraces all leading up to the water’s edge. There is plenty of room for everyone to gather outdoors and enjoy a pool party and summertime barbecue. If you prefer to draw the outdoors in, consider pool house plans that incorporate glass sliders or folding glass doors that open the living areas of the home to the patio and pool. Summer kitchens are another feature frequently found with house plans designed for a pool. They are great for grilling and dining alfresco beside the water while delivering you and your guests a refreshing atmosphere in which to dine. Look for floor plans that offer pool houses or a cabana. They provide a place for guests to change clothes without tracking wet footprints throughout your home. Likewise house plans that include an interior bathroom with outdoor access to the pool or a separate bath positioned near the pool allow convenient restroom access while keeping your guests close to the pool instead of in your home. Pools require lots of “stuff” like chemicals, water toys, various floats, tools and a cover to keep the pool clean. Some house plans include a small utilitarian structure, like a shed, for pool storage keeping everything in a safe place and out of a child’s reach when not in use.
- If you’re looking for a healthier lifestyle, house plans designed for pools will encourage both exercise and relaxation for the whole family. If you have house plan designed for a pool, your family will be more likely to use the pool, have fun and get a fair amount of exercise because the pool is so convenient. If you have to drive to a neighborhood pool, you might be less likely to use it on a regular basis. With a house plan designed for a backyard pool, you’ll be able to swim whenever you desire even if it is just for a few minutes each day. And what better way to relax after a long day at work than to jump in the pool for a refreshing swim, float on a raft in the sun or enjoy a little family time with the kids?
If these ideas sound appealing to you, take some time to browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of top selling house plans to find a floor plan designed for a backyard pool.