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Jul 26 2010

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Will My Stock House Plans Include an Electrical Plan?

Electrical WiringCustomers 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.

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Jul 08 2010

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House Plans: Importance and Why you Need Them

040H-0076 Floor PlanSometimes when homeowners decide to build a new house, they question the importance of buying house plans. Some may think it is an unnecessary expense in the building process and may try to work from the basic floor plans shown in home plan books and on house plan websites instead. However, the truth of the matter is pre-drawn house plans are a vital part of the home construction process. It is important and necessary to purchase blueprints before construction begins. Below is a list of reasons why a new homeowner should purchase pre-drawn house plans when building a new home.

 

·         Buying blueprints gives the homeowner permission from the designer to build the designer’s original, copyrighted plan without breaking any copyright laws. It grants the homeowner legal permission to build the home.

·         A set of home plans is the most complete resource you and the builder will have for the entire house building project.

·         House plans outline the design you are building before construction begins providing an overall concept of the entire building project.

·         The blueprints will clearly illustrate what the homeowner expects the finished house to look like when construction is complete.

·         Blueprints are a useful tool in preparing your site or lot, planning the interior space, creating a building schedule with the builder and setting a budget.

·         House plans outline the home’s complete structure from the foundation and wall framing to the roof framing and interior layout.

·         Home plan blueprints map boundaries for every room, indicate the square footage of the home and depict major elements on the floor plan such as bathtubs, sinks, the kitchen island and stairs to the upper or lower level.

·         Blueprints depict changes in elevations. For instance, within the home they will show a staircase to the second floor. The exterior elevations depict how the home will sit on the lot in relation to the grade of the land such as a home with a walkout basement or drive-under garage.

·         Floor plans provide a “map” and call attention to consideration for any special elements such as a garage, patio, deck, or interior features like a fireplace or built-in media center.

·         Special features that require additional work such as a stone fireplace or an intricate handrail will be contained in the blueprint.

·         Because stock house plan designers create house floor plans with many of today’s most requested features in mind, they are a smart and less expensive alternative to drawing a home plan from scratch. These plans provide most of the features you are looking for at a fraction of the cost.

·         Various pre-drawn blueprint packages (CAD files and reproducible masters) come with a copyright release allowing the homeowner to work with a professional designer to make changes/customize to the original copyrighted plan, further accommodating specific needs.

 

If you are considering building a new home, take some time to review the importance of purchasing house plans. For further information about buying house plans and blueprints, take some time to review all the helpful information in The House Plan Shop’s resource section.

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Jun 25 2010

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House Plans that Make the Most of Natural Light

027H-0086 House PlanThose who love sunshine and cheerful living spaces should consider house plans that make the most of natural light. These floor plans offer a wide variety of features that help draw natural light indoors illuminating all areas of the home. For instance, The House Plan Shop’s home plan 027H-0086 has plenty of features to brighten the home.

 

Begin with the transom windows topping both the double door entry and the dining room windows, pulling extra natural light inside brightening the foyer and formal dining space. At the back of the home a trio of windows lines the breakfast area spilling sunshine inside and overflowing into the sunlit family room where double doors flanked with windows open to the rear deck, the ideal place for sunbathing and summertime barbecues. The master bedroom boasts a bay window capturing natural light from multiple angles. And don’t miss the garden tub in the master bath. It is neatly positioned between two sparkling windows creating a soothing atmosphere for a relaxing soak in bathtub.

 

Beyond this special house plan, there are many other design features that help to make the most of natural light. Consider floor plans with the following elements:

  • skylights
  • a side-lighted entry
  • an atrium
  • glass sliders or folding walls of glass
  • a prow with floor to ceiling windows
  • a daylight or finished walkout basement
  • exterior walls of glass
  • a sunroom/three season room

 

Many house plans are designed to make use of natural light. Take some time browse The House Plan Shop’s extensive collection of home plans to find a design that is filled with sunshine, suits your lifestyle and satisfies your needs.

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