Now it's time to construct your house plan.  In order to build a home you you must have a set of Plans and Specifications.

These will be used by the suppliers and subcontractors to tell what the home will look like, what's in it, how big it is, and how it goes together, and by the banker to determine how much money to lend you to build the home.

It's time now to pull all those sketches, like the one seen here, and pictures you have been saving and start seriously in developing your house design.

This is starting to get fun!

By now you probably have a pretty good idea what you want your new home to look like.  You've been dreaming about this for a long time, Right?  Now it's time to stop dreaming and get all you great ideas down on paper … or into a computer!

This is where we come in to help . . . .

You have done the planning, now let us help you draw up some plans which are simply called "scaled drawings".  You may be more familiar with calling them the floor plan, working drawings or blueprints with construction details.

Every set of custom home plans should include all the following elements:

  • Site plan showing lot boundaries and position of the structure on the lot
  • The Foundation plan showing footings, foundation wall and drainage details
  • A Floor plan for each storey or level of the structure
  • Elevation drawings for all sides of the structure
  • Rafters, if any, will require detailed drawings and specifications
  • Arial view of the roof design with hip, ridge and valley locations
  • Cross section drawings to highlite complicated areas of the structure
  • Specificatrion details should be part of every plan set

So you may end up with 10 or 12 pages of plans for your new home depending on its size and complexity.  Earlier, we mentioned costs to have the plans prepared and some of the things that govern what those costs will be.  Remember the more complete and detailed your plans are the less chance of having problems in the actual building stage on site.

How Many Plan Sets Do I Need?

Five sets of plans should be sufficient for construction and is usually included in the total cost.  You'll need one set for yourself, one for the Municipality that issues your building permit and the other three will bounce between whatever suppliers and sub-contractors currently working on the job site.

Make sure they all understand that the plans are to be returned when their portion is completed.  You may need additional sets for the Bank and CMHC.

These requirements vary from place to place, so you'll have to do some checking to see what your needs are in your particular area.

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