All blueprints are designed by licensed architects, members of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), or members of the Council of Publishing Home Designers (CPHD). All of the plans we feature were designed to meet one of the recognized North American building codes (the Uniform Building Code, the Standard Building Code, the Basic Building Code or the National Building Code of Canada) in effect at the time and place they were drawn.
The blueprints for most home designs include the following elements, but the presentation of these elements may vary depending on the size and complexity of the home and the style of the individual designer:
Exterior elevations show the front, rear and sides of the home, and include notes on exterior materials, details and measurements. Roof details show slope and pitch, as well as the location of dormers, gables and other roof elements, including clerestory windows and skylights. Details may be shown on the exterior elevation sheet or on a separate diagram. Note: If trusses are used, we suggest using a local truss manufacturer to ensure compliance with local codes and regulations.
Foundation plans include drawings for a standard, daylight or partial basement and/or a crawlspace, pole, pier or slab foundation. All necessary notations and dimensions are included. (Foundation options will vary for each plan. If the home you want does not have the type of foundation you desire, a generic foundation conversion diagram is available.)
Interior elevations show the specific details of cabinets (kitchen, bathroom and utility room), fireplaces, built-in units and other special interior features, depending on the nature and complexity of the item. Note: To save money and to accommodate your own style and taste, we suggest contacting local cabinet and fireplace distributors for sizes and styles. THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON SELECT PLANS. PLEASE CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY
Detailed floor plans show the placement of interior walls and the dimensions of rooms, doors, windows, stairways, etc., on each level of the home.
Cross sections show details of the home as though it were cut in slices from the roof to the foundation. The cross sections specify the home's construction, insulation, flooring and roofing details.
General specifications provide instructions and information regarding structure, excavating and grading, masonry and concrete work, carpentry, thermal and moisture protection, and specifications about drywall, tile, flooring, glazing, caulking and sealants.
Note: Regional variations, local availability of materials, local codes, methods of installation and individual preferences make it impossible to include much detail on heating, plumbing and electrical work on your plans. Your home's ductwork, venting and other details will vary depending on the type of heating and cooling system (forced air, hot water, electric, solar) and the type of energy (gas, oil, electricity, solar) that you use. These details and specifications are easily obtained from your builder, contractor and/or local suppliers.
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QUICK Cost-To-Build estimates are available for single family, stick-built, detached, 1 story, 1.5 story and 2 story home plans with attached or detached garages, pitched roofs on flat to gently sloping sites.
QUICK Cost-To-Build estimates are not available for specialty plans and construction such as garage / apartment, townhouse, multi-family, hillside, flat roof, concrete walls, log cabin, home additions, and other designs inconsistent with the assumptions outlined in Item 1 above.
User is able to select and have costs instantly calculate for slab on grade, crawlspace or full basement options.
User is able to select and have costs instantly calculate different quality levels of construction including Economy, Standard, Premium. View Quality Level Assumptions.
Estimate will dynamically adjust costs based on the home plan's finished square feet, porch, garage and bathrooms.
Estimate will dynamically adjust costs based on unique zip code for project location.
All home plans are based on the following design assumptions: 8 foot basement ceiling height, 9 foot first floor ceiling height, 8 foot second floor ceiling height (if used), gable roof; 2 dormers, average roof pitch is 12:12, 1 to 2 covered porches, porch construction on foundations.
Summarized cost report will provide approximately 70 lines of cost detail within the following home construction categories: Site Work, Foundations, Basement (if used), Exterior Shell, Special Spaces (Kitchen, Bathrooms, etc), Interior Construction, Elevators, Plumbing, Heating / AC, Electrical Systems, Appliances, Contractor Markup. View a LIVE Sample Cost Report.
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Q:How is the total sq footage calculated? Is it off of exterior dimensions or interior?
Date Posted: 23-Jun-16
Q:Can I make modifications to this plan?
A:Yes you can! Please click the "Modifications" tab above to get more information.
Q:What is the estimated price to build this plan?
A:The national average for a house is running right at $125.00 per SF. You can get more detailed information by clicking the Cost-To-Build tab above. Sorry, but we cannot give cost estimates for garage, multifamily or project plans.
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