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When buying House Plans the package should include the following...


A House Plan Package should include:

  • Site Plan: The site plan shows the position of the house in relation to the lot. The distances from property lines and locations of services are also shown.

  • Foundation Plan: This shows the location of footings, concrete walls and concrete pads. Services like furnaces, hot water tank, bathrooms and washer & dryers are also shown.

  • Main / Upper Floor Plan: These show the locations of wall and all the other elements that are needed to successfully complete the house construction. This includes windows and doors openings.

    The structural information is also shown. This includes load bearing walls, beams, columns, and floor joists.

  • Exterior Elevations: The elevation view show the house as if you were standing in the yard looking at it. The location of doors and windows are shown on the elevations as well as the height above the floor.

The height of each floor is also shown as well as the height of the roof. The exterior notation completely identifies all the visible components of the house.

  • Building Section: The building section basically shows the inside construction of the house as if it has been slices from roof to foundation and opened up. This shows the relation of all the interior components that make up the house.

  • Wall Section: The wall section is very similar to the building section except that it show a detail of an exterior wall. This shows and labels all the components that make up the exterior wall assembly.

  • Interior Elevations: The interior elevations show detail of certain areas on the inside of the house. Some may include the cabinet layout for the kitchen of a built in piece of furniture.

  • Specifications: The other plans all detail the quantity, size and location of the materials needed to build your house. The How much? and Where?. The specifications specify the quality of the materials and workmanship. The what? and How?

The plan package you buy should be a complete graphical document that provides all the information needed for a contractor or subcontractor to be able to estimate, bid and build your house.

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