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What’s In a House Plan?

Oct 21, 2021 | Answers | 0 comments

Left - Davis Castle by Tyree House Plans

The plan is a collection of drawings which show a builder the measurements and notes needed to build a house, garage or outbuilding.

We provide the drawings in 3 digital formats.

  • The PDF is easy to view and print. It contains all the pages of the plans and shows colors and shadows. It can be printed on any printer or paper size.
  • Our CAD files are in AutoCAD 2018 .dwg format. These drawings can be opened in AutoCAD or many other popular CAD programs. If you need an alternate format, please contact us for a quote to convert the files.
  • The Sketchup Pro file can be opened in Layout, which is part of the Sketchup Pro bundle. It is the format that we use to create the drawings. It includes a copy of the Sketchup 3D model.
  • We do not provide printed sets with the plan purchase. The digital files can be printed locally.

The plan is divided into pages.

  • Floor plans are views of each floor, looking down from above. The plans show window and door locations, room sizes, cabinets and fixtures.
  • Exterior elevations are flat views of the outside of the house or garage looking at the front, left, rear and right.
  • Building sections show cutaway views of the structure.
  • The foundation plan shows the location of footings and concrete slabs.
  • Floor and roof structure layouts show the outline of the floor truss systems, and slopes, valleys, ridges and hips on the roof.
  • The wall section is a detailed view showing how the walls are assembled.
  • The detail page includes typical construction notes, and specific detailing.
  • Electrical plans show the outlets, switches, lights and fans on the floor plan.

View the sample plan shown below.

One build license included.

Each plan includes a license to build the house one time. To purchase additional build licenses, contact us for pricing.

These items are not included.

  • Most of our plans are designed using engineered wood trusses and do not include wood framing layouts or specifications. Read our article on Manufactured Wood Trusses.
  • Our plans do not include engineering.
    • Structural engineering is not included. Read our article on Structural Engineering.
    • MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing) engineering is not included. Our plans do include electrical fixture and switching plans, but do not include plumbing, air-conditioning, heating or exhaust plans. Read our article on Plumbing Diagrams.
    • Fire-suppression engineering is not included. If this is required for your jurisdiction, it will need to be procured locally.
  • Our plans do not include an architect’s stamp. Some jurisdictions and/or communities (i.e. Bahamas, Nevada, etc.) may require a local architect’s stamp and license number for permitting and/or project management. If this is required, it will need to be procured locally.
  • Our plans do not include remote or on-site project management.
  • Our plans do not include a list of building materials or a cost-to-build estimate. Read our articles on Building Materials and Cost Estimates.


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