Frequently Asked Custom House Plans Questions

Read our frequently asked custom house plan questions. We cover the most common questions our clients ask when they choose to pursue close to custom house plans for their new builds. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question that’s not included. We’re more than ready to get you the answers you need!

What is included in the set of plans?

The construction set includes the following:
• Title Sheet
• Floor Plans drawn at 1/4″ = 1′-0″
• Roof Plan drawn at 1/4″ = 1′-0″
• Schedules – Doors and Windows
• Exterior Elevations drawn at 1/4″ = 1′-0″
• Building Sections
• Wall Sections and Exterior Details
• Electrical Plans

Because code and requirements can change and may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, we cannot warrant compliance with any specific code or regulation. Electrical plans are for general layout only. The structural design should be designed by a local structural engineer for compliance with local soil conditions, wind, and seismic requirements. Your plans may also need to be modified to comply with local building conditions, energy codes, snow loads, zoning regulations and other ordinances. It is the responsibility of the purchaser of each plan to see that the structure is built in strict compliance with the governing building codes and municipal codes.

How can the plans be altered?

We will make alterations to the plans at our current hourly rates. We will provide an estimate of required hours prior to performing the work.

What additional services can you provide?

Our team has extensive experience designing custom spaces to make your house work for you. We can provide the following services at for an additional charge.

  • Interior design- Our interior design services can range from choosing interior finishes and fixtures, drawing interior elevations, all the way to selecting and arranging furniture.
  • Kitchen planning- Our base price includes a basic kitchen layout, but we can provide kitchen elevations, cabinet details and customization to your needs
  • Green Design- we can provide specifications and details to help meet the green building requirements as an additional service at our current hourly rates
  • Landscape design

What additional services might I need from other professionals?

  • A tree and topographical survey provided by a licensed surveyor
  • Soils report to determine the load bearing capacity of the soil provided by a licensed Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineering for local soils condition, wind and seismic requirements provided by a licensed Structural Engineer
  • Smart House design – we recommend that you work with a local media consultant for your electronic needs.
  • Green Design or LEED certification – LEED certification is provided by an independent third-party reviewer. While the contractor is responsible for the meeting the requirements, we can provide specifications and details to help meet the green building requirements as an additional service at our current hourly rates
  • Landscape architect

How can I purchase plans?

The house designs and construction documents in our close to custom program, are copyrighted and are the property of Frederick + Frederick Architects. Purchase of a home design allows the licensee to build only one house from the plans and does not transfer the copyright or ownership of the plans in any way. Payment by check, money orders or cashier’s check is required prior to shipping or emailing of construction sets. All purchases are non-refundable.

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