This is a basic drawing set for you and your local team to review. Using your existing property survey, you can use these plans to get a general idea of how and where the building will lay out on your site. We will also use these drawings as a template for any design modification services you may wish to purchase.
We recommend that you start speaking to a local General Contractor at this time. Although your General Contractor will not be able to provide full pricing with this set, they may be able to provide a rough costing estimate and steer you in the right direction towards project feasibility.
Depending on your local requirements, you can use these drawings for a preliminary review with your local teams to ensure that your project will meet all of the proper feasibility criteria. Your local jurisdiction (i.e. Town, City, or County), property deeds, and, neighborhood or community boards may have certain regulations that may restrict certain aspects of our designs. It is important that you and your team review all pertinent regulations in advance before making any final purchases.
To help you understand the full design concept, we recommend purchasing the E-Model associated with the plan set design. This 3D digital model which will allow you virtually to spin around and walk through the building using a free BIMx app.
This is a detailed drawing set to be adapted by your local team for pricing, permitting, and construction. Once the necessary modifications are made to the Schematic Drawing Documents (if necessary), we can make the updates to your Construction Drawing Documents and move forward with pricing, permitting, and construction.
Your local Structural Engineer will require a soils analysis by a Geotechnical Engineer to determine the requirements for your foundation design. Once you have your soils report, the Structural Engineer can start designing foundation and framing plans and details as necessary to meet the building needs under your local conditions.
Although it is not typical for most residential projects, you may want to consult with a Mechanical/ Electrical/ Plumbing Engineer, especially for specialized systems such as geothermal heating & cooling, solar energy, rainwater harvesting, etc.
A Land Surveyor or Civil Engineer can help update the survey to include your building location on your site. A Civil Engineer may also only be necessary for certain site drainage requirements, site utility design (water, wastewater, electric, etc), site infrastructure (roads/ driveways, parking, etc), or other specialty site systems. Some of these site items can be designed by a Landscape Architect. Landscape Architects can also help with trees and plants, and other hardscape features such as decks/ patios, pergolas/ trellises, fences, etc.
Other consultants to consider may be an Interior Designer, Audio/ Visual Consultant, Pool Consultant, Energy or Green Consultant.
Your consultants may require this CAD drawings which are included with Standard Plan Set packages. If you have purchased the Light Plan Set package, CAD files are available for purchase on the plan set pages.
Check with your local jurisdiction for proper permitting requirements. Aside from your local city, town, or county, you may have an HOA, historic, or other community boards that also may require design approval. Please check with your local jurisdiction to verify proper Design Professional needs and requirements.
Pricing and Construction:
Your local General Contractor can use the Construction Drawing Documents to give you proper pricing. You may also wish to distribute the set to several different General Contractors to engage a bid process.
Your General Contractor will want to know material and product selections (also known as 'specifications') for pricing and construction. You can purchase our Selections Guide to help give you some of our best recommended selections along with different options. Otherwise you can work with an Interior Designer or work with your General Contractor and speak with recommended local vendors and suppliers. Your General Contractor can also allot certain allowances (i.e. "$20,000 for appliances") for unknown items when doing pricing estimating.
Your General Contractor may also want to know the construction details for more accurate pricing. You can purchase our Construction Detail Drawings which have best recommended construction methods and techniques along with different options to account for a variety of different materials and products. Many of these detail options are contingent upon your selections. For example, a window jamb will need to be installed and detailed differently in a wall with siding as its finish rather than a masonry finish.
Customize your plan set design including up to 8 hours of our design services (additional at $125/hr). When you order a customization services block of time, you will be prompted to send us your intended modification ideas. We will review and develop a time estimate.
Costs are extremely relative and depend on many factors. Construction costs will vary over time and location and would recommend speaking with a local contractor about their fees, market prices, and local conditions. Our Selections Guide will have various material and product options with different price points to allow you to customize your unit.
Site conditions drastically affect costs as well. Soil conditions can affect your foundation design and would recommend speaking with a local Structural Engineer who will recommend a geotechnical soils report. Topography, trees, and various infrastructure conditions, including, roads/ driveways, drainage, landscape, utilities (water, waste water, cable, phone, electric, etc) can all affect overall construction costs.
We offer Customization Services which include up to 8 hours of our design services (additional at $125/hr).
Purchasing the Construction Drawings allows you the license to build one unit on your site. You may send or reproduce drawings for contractors and consultants involved with your project. Please review the License Agreement for full terms and conditions.
Developers please contact us for bulk order pricing for 5+ units.
All sales are final. We recommend starting with the Schematic Design set before purchasing the Construction Set or any other documents. You can use these drawings to get a general pricing cost and feasibility with your local contractor, regulating bodies, and other consultants.
You will need a Structural Engineer to properly size and design your foundation and framing plans and a Land Surveyor to perform or update your property survey. Other consultants may be either desired or required depending on your local jurisdiction and needs. Please see our 'Process' section for more information about the potential wants and needs of other professionals and consultants.
Beyond our Customization Services available for purchase, we are available for consultation on an hourly basis. You can read our Design Guide to better understand our process working with custom projects. If at any time you feel the need to request our services, please contact us at email@example.com and we can further discuss your specific needs.