Frequently asked

Frequently asked questions

What is a concept house plan

There are 2 main sets of plans when building a home one is the concept plans and the second is full construction plans. Concept plans.
If you own the concept plans, you have a major advantage when shopping for a builder.
As you can get several builders to compete or bid for the job and get the best possible price.
This will normally save you many thousands of dollars, compared to using the builders plans as he owns the copyright on his own plans, and it illegal to have other builders bid on his design.
So you are open to legal action for breach of copyright. This can even happen years after the home is complete.
Where as if you own the concept plans, this saves all that risks. Construction plans. We have found most builders prefer you to supply the concept plans only, and they supply the full construction plans using your concept plans as a draft design.
The reason is because of buying power.
They normally are affiliated with a number of building material suppliers, and will draw the final construction drawings to meet there building specifications.
All though you will have final say on the building material, they will have a base building specifications that they get the best price for.
The building specifications are an important group of documents which forms part of the building contract.
The specifications can change from builder to builder and from one city to another depending on availability. When getting a builder to bid on your concept plans, you should always ask for a building specifications sheet of building material that they have included in the quote. Owner Builder or DIY Builder An owner builder is also best to have concept plans drawn before moving onto full construction plans.
As an owner builder you can use the concept plans to send to building material suppliers and tradesman to get quotes before moving to full construction plans. Our concept plans are detailed with full plan dimensions so they can quote it fully.
This means as an owner builder you will know the full costs of construction with in a few weeks, and if the project will meet your budget. If you are over budget you can make the necessary changes, before having the full construction plans drawn saving you time and money.
Also having the full construction costs means you can approach the bank with confidence, knowing that you can finish the home completely.

what must a purchaser consider for installing flooring? What material flooring will your home designs accommodate.

Hi Dell All those items are normally covered in the building Specification, that is a separate document to the house plans. Housing Specification would typically cover a schedule of fittings, fixtures and finishes. items which the customer or builder has specified

What are Structural drawings

Hi John

And getting approval to build normally needs Structural drawings , which are generally prepared by registered professional structural engineers.

Normally, they will do a soil test of your land to create the engineering required for the footings and floor as well as any structural beams in the building.

What is Material Take Off List

The material takeoff document must have a comprehensive list of materials required to complete the project, Material take off is a term used in engineering and construction, and refers to a list of materials with quantities and types (such as specific grades of steel) that are required to build a designed structure or item. This list is generated by analysis of a blueprint or other design document.

what is a kit home

A kit home is designed off site, most of the major parts such as the walls, floor and roof framing are prefabricated. and then all the materials are delivered by truck to the construction site for assembly. Normally much cheaper than modular homes, but fittings and finishes are usually a separate costs that is not automatically included.