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TIP FOR BUYING A HOUSE PLAN BLUE PRINT
TABLE OF CONTENT
What is a blue print? What are the common sizes of Blueprint? Short history of Blueprint How to read a Blueprint? How to select a House Plan What is a Stock Home Plans How does buying home plans on-line save you money? The advantages of Buying Home Plans On-line Knowing the Perfect House Plan Type of Style Conclusion
TIP FOR BUYING A HOUSE PLAN BLUE PRINT
What is a blue print? Basically, blueprints are a set of detailed scaled drawings for home, building, or etc. Blueprints provide the contractor with instructions on how to build home, building or others. Since, it was difficult to build homes from such a small scale, architects and home designers came up with idea of blueprints, which are drawn on large sheets of translucent vellum. This made plans for home construction easier to read. House plans simply defined are the blueprints for a home that hasn’t been constructed yet. What are the common sizes of Blueprint? Common blueprint sizes are: 18" x 24" or 24" x 36" Short history of Blueprint Much time went into drawing and creating blueprints for a home twenty years ago. However, with the technological advancement of computers, home plans have become easier to create and duplicate. Before computers were capable of producing house plans, blueprints were drawn by hand on vellum. Complete home plans were created by overlaying blueprint paper with vellum, which were then processed in ammonia through a blueprint machine, similar to the way film is developed. The ammonia reacts to intensified light, which transposes the drawing into a dark blue print, hence the name blueprint. Original vellum drawings by the architect or home designer were considered to be very valuable, since many hours were spent creating one. Once again, computers have speed up the process of home design through the use of Computer Aided Design software. Designing home plans using a computer still takes a bit of time. However, reproducing a plan is as quick as the plotter it is printed on. Now complete house plans can be stored electronically to a disk and printed just as easy as printing this document from your computer. How to read a Blueprint? a)Scale: A home plan is typically drawn to a ¼" scale of the actual size of the home. This way the builder will be able to scale the drawing of the home and come up with the correct measurement. As a general accepted rule a ¼" scale means that for every ¼" on the plan will account for 1’ of actual length. In some cases different parts of a plan may be drawn on a 1/8" or even ¾" scale. Any builder will know to look at the key provided on the plan to determine the scale of the home.
b) Elevations: There are four elevation drawings of a home, the front, the rear and each side. These are drawings of what each side of the home will look like upon completion. The purposes of these drawings are so that measurements can be taken for any necessary aspect. Elevations should include ridge heights, exterior finishes, roof pitches and other design aspects to give a general idea of the finished home. c)Basement Floor Plan: Basement floor plans show how the structural integrity should be built. These plans feature the location of load bearing walls, locations of footings, rebar concrete reinforcement, and other structural features the home requires to support the walls and roof. d) Floor Plans: The floor plans of a home show the basic layout of the home from a bird’s eye view. These types of plans are simple to understand. Floor plans show the dimensions of every room, location of bathroom and kitchen fixtures, water heaters, stairs, etc…The builder will be able to determine interior finishes, method of construction, and even symbols for electrical and plumbing. e) Electrical layout: Electrical schematics can often be difficult to read. Therefore, drawings for electrical layout of a home are often a separate drawing. This makes it easier for the electrician to wire the home without reading through the building plan. From this plan, the electrician can determine the location of electrical outlets, fans, fixtures, light fixtures etc… Electrical layouts will have a key explaining the meaning of each symbol. f) Framing Drawings: Like every other drawing, the framing drawings are also drawn to scale. Framing plans include the basic skeletal structure of the home. Floor joist locations, walls, and roof trusses are the overall detail of these plans. Generally locations of each stud are not included, due to a recognized universal building code. However, in some cases there are instructions for particular wall construction methods. g) Plumbing and mechanical systems: Although plumbing systems are vital to a complete home, there is not much attention given to the design layout of them, other than locations of fixtures and main water lines. A plumbing specialist will be able to draw plans for a more complex plumbing system, such as radiant heating in the floor. h) Cross sections and details: Although home plans are drawn in detail, they often don’t provide information for successful construction of the home. Therefore in most cases, a cross section of the home is included in a set of home plans. A cross section of a home is drawing of the completed
home as if it were sliced in half. This part of a home plan provides the builder with an even better understanding the relativity of floor heights, rafter lengths among other structural elements of the home. I) Plot Plan: A plot plan is a drawing of the site location or lot on which you new home is to be built. Plot dimensions are normally recorded by a surveyor, and are used to determine the location and maximum size of the home on the lot by an architect or home designer. Stock house plans generally do not offer these types of plans; since the size of the house plan has already been predetermined. Plot plans will typically include the location of utility services, set back requirements, basements; locations drive ways and walk ways. In some cases a topographical map may be included that will supply the architect with critical data on the slope and terrain of the lot he or she is design a home for. How to select a House Plan Constructing a home for most people is one of the most adventurous and time consuming projects a family can spend in during a lifetime. Because of that, it is important that care be taken when buying, selecting and implementing a house plan. Before buying a house plan, you should first ensure you know what you are getting into. What is a Stock Home Plans Some home plans are very accurate and concise, whereas others follow only the bare minimum requirements for a house plan. One of the more common forms of house plans are stock home plans, which are very accurate of a blueprints that contain everything a person would need to build a home from scratch. Stock home plans are the same as custom blueprints, but less expensive. One of the merits of buying house plans on-line in fact is the relative costs savings realized with such a purchase. Most home plans on-line, offered are fashioned from homes that have been built before, yet they are also unique house plans because you have the choice to customize them in any way you see fit. How does buying home plans on-line save you money? If you had to employ a licensed architect or home designer to come out with a design, examine it and create a custom blueprint from scratch, you’ll be charged up to thousands of dollars more than if you search for stock home plans such as those offered on-line. Searching for house plans has never been easier thanks to the advent of the internet. Best of all, the world wide web allows so many type designers to contribute their designs to a certain website, you can rest assured you can find unique house plans ever where you
turn. Your house will be different from your neighbors, unless the two of you get together and purposefully plan on building the same house. The advantages of Buying Home Plans On-line * Style -- You get to choose the design of your home from a choosing of thousands of different unique designs * Size -- You can change the size and select a plan that meets your unique requirements * Amenities -- When buying on-line, you can pick and choose amenities from literally thousands of different choices. * Specificity -- You even have the ability to define your requirements on-line * Selection -- From the comfort of your home, you can go through our database of house plans until you find the one that ultimately matches your unique requirement. No need to see with hundreds of different architects or designers to negotiate price, and no need to tear your hair out trying to find the house plans that best suit your requirements. You also have the ability to replace a home plan that does not meet your requirements. Knowing the Perfect House Plan How do you find the ideal house plan for the home of your dreams? Locating the right house plan need a little planning. There are several things you should take into consideration when finding for a best house plans such as: a) Your family Size You want to ensure that the home plan is big enough to accommodate your the whole family members. Consider how big is your family presently, whether or not you plan on making a bigger your family members or just stick to current figure. And imagine how your life might change the next 3, 5, 10 and 20 years down the line. The whole point of building a custom home is to be comfortable in it for a long run. b) Lifestyle Considering what is the requirement that your lifestyle will place on your new home. For example, do you plan on entertaining? This will need additional space. Do you want a separate living and family area? What about the dining area. Do you plan on entertaining for big family gatherings such as during Thanksgiving or by and large will you be eating most of your meals in the kitchen? If you love to cook, you’ll want to plan for specific space in the kitchen. Remember that style considerations are also a factor. c) Your Preference Style Some people like a country style kitchen whereas others are looking for something more modern. Also take into mind your personal hobbies and interests. For example, will you want a library or exercise area? Write down all of your ideas and intentions before you begin looking at on-line house plans, and your are more likely to find what you are looking for quickly.
d) A Word on Size The size of a home is often one of the most important things to be considerations. Keep in mind that no matter what type of house plan you buy, you may decide to put on at some point in the future. One of the benefits of buying house plans on-line is you can see several different style of a home in many different sizes. You should make every effort to take into consideration the real size you will want. The square footage of the home you are planning on building will result the amount of money you’ll need to invest. Type of Style Style perhaps the best advantages of buying a house plans on-line is having the choice to look at multiple different style homes. You can exam both exterior and interior designs when shopping, without having to leave your home. Some of the more famous exterior styles include the following: * Country -- characterized by a large front porch, gabled roof line, may be two story * Traditional -- styles in this category are often labeled ranch, Federal and Cape Cod. Most traditional homes are simply constructed with little extraneous décor * Victorian -- Victorian house plans are a variation of the traditional style. Roof lines are often more intricate in this type of home, and may include towers and bay windows. Victorian homes are often more ornamentally decorated than traditional homes, and usually this type of home is a two story design. * Mediterranean -- This style is popular along the East and West Coastlines. Usually the exterior on this style home is stucco. Roofs may be tiled and open air verandas are not uncommon. Many Mediterranean style homes are one story, but it isn’t uncommon to see two stories as well. Conclusion Constructing your own home from a unique house plan is an exciting adventure. Make sure to enjoy every moment of it, and take care when selecting the house plan t hat will gives in the home of your dreams. For more information visit us at: www.idealhouseplan.com
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