WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A HOUSE PLAN?

Each of our house plans is the culmination of hundreds of hours of effort from our talented designers. These plan sheets include everything that you need to get started building your dream home.

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COVER SHEET & GENERAL CONSTRUCTION NOTES

The cover sheet includes some basic information about the plan, some blanks that can be filled in for identifying information about your parcel and some notes to the general contractor. 

The cover sheet also lists the building code that the plan was designed to. We take the time to ensure that all of our house plans are designed to the latest version of the International Residential Code (IRC).

Lastly, the cover sheet includes a sheet list with all the sheets included in your house plan.

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FOUNDATION PLAN

You'll notice that you have the option to select from a variety of different foundation types. We will include a foundation design for the type of foundation you selected. 

This plan sheet includes all the dimensions, code notes and section detail references your builder will need in order to make sure the most important part of our house is constructed to properly support your home plan.

The plan allows for easy flexibility in setting your finished floor elevations for different portions of your home to fit your lot's grade. 

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FOUNDATION DETAILS

Your selected foundation type will also come with a corresponding foundation detail page. 

These details are designed at the cutting edge of building science and material science to ensure that your foundation is long lasting, easy to build and energy efficient. 

We include details and conditions to step the foundation if your site necessitates it due to significant slope.

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FLOOR PLANS

You will receive a floor plan sheet for every floor in your selected plan. 

The floor plan sheets contain the bulk of the information that you contractor needs for framing and finishing. Here you'll find wall layouts, dimensions, section references, window and door tags and more. We also conveniently place detailed window and door schedules here for easy reference. 

This plan will also contain the applicable code specified span tables for floor joists and bearing window and door headers.

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ROOF PLAN

The roof plan specifies overhangs, section details, dimensions and pitch. 

We provide ridge venting details, valley details and eave details to ensure that your framer and roofer have everything they need in order to build a proper roof assembly in accordance with the latest in building science.

Your roof can be one of the most important aspects of your home so we go to great lengths to design an easily maintainable roof with the best details to prevent leaks and maintenance problems. 

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REFLECTED CEILING PLANS

The reflected ceiling plan (RCP) is a mirror of your floor plan (looking upwards). It's used to show ceiling elevations, light fixture locations, specialty details like ceiling coffers and more!

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EXTERIOR ELEVATION PLANS

The elevation plan sheets show what the exterior of your home will look like from all four sides. 

On these plans we provide dimensions, tag windows and doors, show window grids, reference details for trim/millwork and masonry.

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BUILDING SECTIONS

The building section sheets show your house plan as if it was cut straight down the middle in each direction. We show as many section as needed depending on how complicated he building is. 

Generally, the building sections are used to illustrate floor heights, plate heights, stair dimensions and provide some indication of roof framing, indicating which areas are designed to be trusses vs stick-framed portions.

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The framing details sheet includes everything to ensure that your home is up to code and well sealed. 

Typical wall sections and elevations accompany header and joist span tables and schedules. 

We also include a cutting edge air sealing detail to ensure that your home is built 'very tight' which can save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs annually. 

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FRAMING DETAILS

Not available on house plans produced before December 2021. Where available, material take-offs are posted for free on each home plan page.

All too often, home owners find out late in the construction process that their contractors have used more expensive materials than were agreed upon. This can be a huge problem and cause delays and headaches if it's not caught early on. 

 

Our material take-off (or quantity take-off) is designed to prevent this from happening by providing you with an accurate list of all the materials we'll use to build your house before any work begins. It also allows you to verify contractor bids against our numbers to ensure there are no discrepancies or mistakes between what was bid and what will actually be installed during construction. You can even use our take off as a guide when shopping around for building supplies if you prefer not to rely on contractors who might try to inflate their prices once they're on site!

 

Since we design all of our homes in 3D, we have the unique benefit of being able to provide a fast and extremely accurate material take-off.

 

Take-Off Estimate Includes:

  • Foundation Length

  • Floor Assembly Materials

    • Concrete​

    • Finish Flooring

    • Gypsum

    • Masonry

    • Furring

    • Floor Joists

    • Sheathing

  • Wall Assembly Materials

    • Siding​

    • Vapor Barrier

    • Concrete

    • Masonry

    • Wood framing

    • Gypsum

    • Sheathing

Use this to backcheck contractor bids to ensure their take-offs are accurate.

MATERIAL TAKE-OFF

 

  • Ceiling Assembly Materials

    • Gypsum​

    • Furring

    • Wood Framing

  • Roof Assembly Materials

  • Misc. Roofing Materials

  • Windows (by type & quantity)

  • Doors (by type & quantity)

  • Staircases (# of risers)

  • Railing Length

  • Light Fixtures

  • Casework

  • Appliances

  • Plumbing Fixtures