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Oct 19 2011

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Will My House Plans include Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC Details? – The House Plan Shop

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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Aug 31 2011

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What Information is Included in House Blueprints – The House Plan Shop

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 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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