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A: - About 2 to 3 weeks is the approximate standard time frame, but it may take longer depending on the number of changes and your prompt response to the change orders. Call our office and we can give you a start date. Note: Our work load at that time may have an affect on the time it takes to start and complete your drawings. Click Here For More Information
? - Is my deposit refundable if I cancel the Custom Design Plans?
? - How do I order the Stock Plans on this website?
A: - If we haven't started any preliminary drawings or consultation with you, yes, we will refund your deposit. Otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable.
? - How long does it take to have Custom Design Home Plan completed?
A - As we are continuing to update our website, we have two methods of purchasing a house plan, as follows.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Below are several frequently asked questions about our house plans. If your are not able to find the answer to your specific question, please feel free to contact us and we'll be more than happy to provide you with any additional information you might need to make your visit to E-Designs Plans a pleasant one.
If you require help in making your purchase, please give us a call at 1-855-675-1800. We would be happy to help.
1: - On all plans except the "Multi-Family" and the "2-Storey" Plans, just click on the "BUY NOW" button under the Plan Package you would like to purchase and this will take you directly to "PayPal" where you can make your payment easily and securely.
2: - On all "Multi-Family" and the "2-Storey" Plans, just select the "Plan Package" you would like to purchase and this will take you directly to "PayPal" where you can make your payment easily and securely.
? - Can I order Stock Plans reversed and is everything backwards?
? -Are "STOCK" Plans purchased returnable?
A: - Once your order has been printed, they are not returnable for credit.
A - Yes, most plans can be ordered reversed and are right readable (not backwards). It is important to order a plan the direction it will be built as using a plan that has everything backwards can cause major problems like door and window openings ordered wrong, roof system ordered wrong, and more.
A: - We normally supply 8 Sets with your order (depending on which package you purchase). There are many different suppliers and trades involved in building your new home. For example, your local building authority will require 2 sets for building permit at application time (one will be returned after construction), the surveyor will require one, your truss and floor supplier will require one, as well, you should get two estimates from building suppliers, and you should get at least two estimates from all the subtrades involved (Cribber, Framers, Plumbers, etc.) If you require more sets than 8, just let us know at the time you place your order. See our Plan Packages for more options. Plan Package Info
? - Can I make modifications to the Stock Plans?
? - How many copies of a plan will I need?
A: - If you need some minor modifications, your builder can most likely do that without modification to the plans. Most local building authorities will not make you get new plans if the changes from the original are minor. However, if there are a lot of changes, you would be wise to have the plans redrawn to your specifications as this will ensure you have no problems during construction because some sub trades or supplier misunderstood what you wanted changed, etc. Contact us directly for an estimate on plan modification costs.
A: - You will receive the following, which is typical in all our plans, Custom or Stock:
? - What is included in any plans from E-Designs?
Foundation Plan will include:
Scaled detailed drawings showing foundation walls with footings in the foundation of your choice - concrete, insulated concrete forms (ICF) or pressure treated wood (PTW) foundations.
Attached garage foundation type and sizing showing elevation relationship to house foundation, dropped buck locations, and concrete floor attaching to foundation.
All telepost and beam locations, details for frost wall (if needed), details for any step down foundations for walkout basement, pilings and support post locations for decks and extended roofs. Locations and rough opening size of all windows and doors, stairwell location, mechanical room and plumbing rough-ins.
A: - Yes we have a couple of different options for you to choose from. For more information, click
Floor Plan(s) will include:
All exterior and interior dimensions of walls including different types of wall designs and finishes.
Shows any slope, vaulted ceilings, openings to below or above, skylights, railings, fireplaces and more.
All our plans have been drawn using 2x6 (R20) exterior walls. Window and door sizes and locations. Opening sizes are generic - window & door supplier will supply and confirm all rough openings.
The elevations will show all the details of the exterior such as the wall finishes, window and door treatments, roof lines and pitches, decks, railings, steps, decorative posts for covered verandas, fireplace chase, plus much more.
Exterior Elevation(s) will include:
Building Cross Section(s) will include:
The cross sections show the house cut in a section to reveal many aspects of the house design which will be needed by the builder.
Foundation section shows footings, step down footings, foundation walls, concrete pilings, garage foundation, frost walls, weeping tile, telepost and beams, bearing walls, concrete floor insulated (if required), garage floor support, and more.
Main, Second, and other floor sections show exterior wall design and finish, floor system(s), stair details, deck details, landings, etc.
Roof section shows pitch, overhangs, false gables, saddles, vaulted, coffered, or trayed ceilings.
The cross section also dimensions and identifies the required elevations for the construction of the home.
? - How do I determine the cost to build a home from the plans?
? - Does a material list come with the plans?
A: - Because of different labor and material costs from region to region, it is impossible for us to give you a projected cost for your new home. Your best resources are your local building contractors and realtors who can give you a per square foot cost to help with your construction budget. Check with building material supply stores to get a cost per square foot for the material package. Check with friends and neighbors who may have built as to what it may have cost them. Also get some recommendations as who or what subtrade to get. It's not a difficult process, but it is best to do some research before you commit to building.
? - Do these plans need to be approved by an engineer?
A: - No, at this time we do not supply a building material list. If you are planning on being your own general contractor, you will need to get a cost from building suppliers and all the subtrades. Try and get at least two different quotes for every subtrade and supplier you will need.
A: - As a rule you do NOT need a Engineer's report or seal on our plans. Your local building authorities may require this if your building has some non-standard building conditions such as: extreme site conditions (steep grades, or poor load bearing soil), pressure treated wood foundations, 2 foot grade beam on pilings, etc. It is the responsibility of the plan purchaser for any costs incurred for any engineering reports required by the local building authorities.
? - Are the Regulations regarding building a Duplex, 4-Plex, 6-Plex, etc. the same?
A: - Most regulations regarding building a duplex, triplex, and 4-Plex are basically the same. They all require separate mechanical rooms, separate entrances and fire-rated separation walls; and the best part is you DO NOT need any engineered drawings in most localities. As for anything larger than a 4-Plex, these are considered a commercial building, therefore, the rules change. Some of the requirements for these types of dwellings are Engineered Drawings for the Building, Heating, Plumbing, Electrical, etc. The best advice we can give you is before you invest in a lot of time and money, check with your local Building Inspection Agency. They should be able to give some very important information as to what will be required to build your project.
? - Do your plans meet the new Energy Codes?
A: - All our home plans meet the Alberta Energy Code 2014. The rest of the provinces have very similar energy codes that follow the Canadian National Energy Code. Canada and the USA are divided into climate zones and, as such, the requirements vary from zone to zone. While every attempt has been made to meet your local province, state, county or city energy codes, some changes may be required. You may need to have a local engineer determine if the plans will meet local codes.
A: - Absolutely. When you place an order online with PayPal, rest assured that your information is secured. PayPal is one of the largest e-commerce businesses allowing payments and money transfer to be made over the Internet. Millions of buyers and sellers worldwide use Paypal.
How does it work? When you click on the BUY NOW button or a link we email you for a Paypal invoice, you are automatically taken to the PayPal website where they process your order. We do not receive any credit card information from Paypal. All we receive from Paypal is the order info, shipping details, and the name on the sale.
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? - Is my privacy and credit card info secure?
? - Are the plans on this website all drawn by E-Designs?
A: - Every plan on our website has been drawn by E-Designs only. Most home plan websites online today are brokers for designers who are spread across the country(s). When you call us for an answer, you speak directly to the designer, no middleman. So if you have a question, feel free to contact us.
? - Can I make copies of the plans after I have purchased them?
A: - The answer is No. All plans, drawings and anything on this website is all copyrighted and protected under the Canadian and United States Copyright Acts. It is a common misunderstanding that it is permissible to copy, adapt, or change a floor plan or design found in any media. It is not. Simply put, it is illegal and more importantly... it's Unethical. If your builder is willing to use or provide you an illegal copied set of plans, what else would they be unethical about? Whether you get your home plans from us or another reputable website, the cost you pay for plans that you will build your complete home from will more than likely be less costly than your bathtub. See the COPYRIGHT link for more infomation.
A: - No, our plans do not include mechanical plans or schematics as many different systems are available. Your heating contractor must submit a detailed drawing with duct design and heat loss calculations. For hydronic/geothermal installations, the homeowner needs to provide a site specific drawing and a heat loss and equipment list from a certified installer. For residential plans, no Electrical or Plumbing drawings are needed for your building permit as they have to be completed to National and Local Building Codes.
? - Can I change the type of Foundation from what is shown?
A: - Yes, we do this all the time, changing from or to Concrete, Pressure Treated Wood (PTW) and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). Contact us as for a cost to modify a plan to meet your needs.
? - Are there mechanical drawings included?
? - Do your plans meet the Building Codes?
Ä: - Our home plans, as well as other websites' plans, are designed to meet Building Codes as close as possible, but as plans are sold throughout Canada and the USA, it would be impossible to ensure that all plans meet your Local building codes. Things such as snowloads, winds, soil conditions, etc., can play a huge role in design. When you order your Roof and Floor system, the supplier will supply you with a compliance letter and shop drawings (which is usually needed when applying for a building permit) indicating that their product(s) and design(s) have been Engineered to meet your local specifications. Local building practices vary from area to area, but at the end of the day, it is the responsibility of your builder(s) and subtrade(s) to complete their work in accordance with Local and National Building Codes. They must satisfy the expectations of the expert Building Inspection Services in your area.
? - Can E-Designs Plans be used in Ontario?
? - Do your plans come with "Engineered" Roof & Floor Systems?
A: - Some jurisdictions will allow a home to be built without a "BCIN" number if the homeowner is the builder. It would be best to check with your local authorities first for all the requirements for the building permit process. We have PDF options that may help accommodate the required BCIN number (see our Plan Package options). The Province of Ontario made it mandatory for all engineers, architects and designers to complete a certification requirement by the Province. It is the only Province or Territory in Canada that requires this. This is a costly undertaking for all as the cost is passed onto the homeowner. It was basically implemented to put the onus on the engineers, architects and designers to ensure that all aspects of their designs meet all building codes. But the fact is, no matter what we put on the plans, who will make sure it was built that way? It still is the responsibility of builder(s), subtrade(s) and the local Building Inspection Service to ensure that all aspects of the construction meets all required codes.
A: - No they do not because every area has different design requirements for a Roof Design such as snowloads, etc., and with an Engineered Floor System, depending on how it is designed can make a big difference in cost. But, the best part is that they will be provided for you Free of Charge when you order your Roof and Floor Systems from the supplier. You will need their letters of compliance and shop drawings when you apply for a building permit.
? - How is the total square footage calculated?
A: - The square footage is calculated using the outside dimensions of the heated portion of the house only. Areas such as garage, decks, verandas, unfinished basements, are not included in the total square footage.
? - Can I make a plan into a Walkout Basement?
? - May we get locations of homes constructed from your site?
? - I would like to see the rear Elevation, is that possible?
A: - Just about any plan can be made into a Walkout or Daylight Basement. If you don't have enough slope on your grade, maybe you can use a retaining wall to accommodate an exterior entrance to the basement. Give us a call to discuss.
A: - Yes, give us a call and we will try to accommodate your needs.
A: - We do not keep any information as to where a home plan was built. We respect the privacy of all our customers and do not reveal names nor locations of where a home may have been built.
? - Are these plans copyrighted?
A: - Yes, all plans and any information on this website are copyright protected.
For more information go to COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
? - Do you draw plans using ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)?
A: - Yes we do. Currently, about 80% of our Foundations are drawn in ICF. We do not do very many homes with ICF above the foundation. This is mainly due to the cost. Some people will frame the exterior walls in the conventional 2x6 R-20 walls with 1-2" Rigid Insulation panels on the exterior to achieve an R-30 wall. The best thing (in my opinion only) about using ICF for the foundation is that it is fast and simple to do (with training from your supplier) as cribbers (people who put in concrete foundations) are getting harder to find. In the cold, as long as the concrete people can transport cement without freezing, you can pour without the fear of the cement freezing by just protecting the top. There are many ICF manufacturers out there to explore. Note: ICF blocks may vary in size, depending on the manufacturer.
A: - We have 5 different house plan packages to choose from:
* - Study Set
* - 5 Sets of House Plans
* - Builders Package 8 Sets + PDF
* - PDF File
* - PDF File Unlimited Use
Click Here for a complete detailed description of our Plan Packages.
? - Which Plan Package should I purchase?
? - Can I use 2 different Stock Plans to make my final design?
A: - Yes, we just need to know which plan you want to be your main plan and which part of the second plan you want to incorporate into your main plan. The best way to do this is print each plan off the website and mark what you would like done and send it to us by email or fax.
? - Can I make a house plan smaller or larger?
A: - Yes, but we need to know where you want to reduce the square footage. The best way is print the floor plan off the website, mark what rooms you want reduced in size and a list of any other changes.
? - Can I put a mother-in-law suite in the basement?
A: - Most of our plans include a full basement, so adding a basement suite is usually not a problem. Send us a sketch as to how you would like it laid out and where you would like an entrance to the suite added.
? - How much does it cost to customize a Stock Plan?
A: - We base the cost to make modifications to a Stock Plan on how much time it would take to complete all the changes you would like. The best way is to print the floor plan off the website, mark the changes you want done, along with a written list of all your requested changes.
? - What do I need to do get a quote on a Custom House Plan?
A: - Just send us a simple, even hand drawn sketch of the floor plan(s), along with list of what you are needing in your home plan. Also send any pictures you may have of what you would like the exterior to look like. Once we have all your information, we'll give you a quick call to confirm and clarify your list. We'll then prepare a free quote on the cost for your home plans, including a proposed start date.
? - My builder says he can have one of your plans redone by his designer. Is that true?
A: - Not only is it not true, it's also illegal and highly unethical! Copyright infringement is a federal crime, punishable with up to a $250,000.00 fine plus legal fees. If anyone builds a house based on someone else's original design, even if it is modified, without the permission from the designer, you've broken the law. A Stock Plan costs considerately less than starting a design from scratch. Even with some modifications, our designers have invested a lot of time and effort in designing a home plan for our clients. If we could give you one piece of advice, it would be "If a builder is willing to be unethical by copying someone else's design without permission from the designer, then what else would they do that would be unethical?" Do you really want to have that person build a home for you? See our Copyright page for more information.
A: - No problem... Just give us a call toll free at 1-855-675-1800 or send us a quick email. We will get an answer to you ASAP. Contact Us
?- I have a question that is not listed here, now what?
Be sure to check all our Home Plans -- go to our STOCK PLAN Page...
? - Can I buy the plans in PDF format only?
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