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Residence By Design Inc. drafts detailed house plans (typically called blueprints or construction drawings) for new homes and renovations to existing homes. These plans are suitable for use by a DIY homeowner, contractor and for permitting purposes.


A typical set of plans for a home would include:


Exterior Elevations - All four sides of the home will be drafted showing the overall building height, lot grading, roof pitches, all exterior finishes, window and door details and all exterior trims.


Floor Plans - The main floor plan and upper floor plan (if applicable) will be drafted to show all of the detailed construction information not shown on the conceptual plans. This includes stairs, window and door sizes, all dimensions, cabinetry, built-ins, plumbing fixtures and all construction notes required by the framer, plumber and HVAC contractors. Any dropped beams, bulkheads, arches and cased passageways will also be clearly noted.


Electrical Plans - For each of the above grade floor plans, a corresponding electrical plan will be drafted. This is done for two reasons. One is that the main and upper floor plans are less cluttered allowing the framer to clearly read all dimensions and construction notes. Two is that the electrical plans are less cluttered and easier to read for the electrician and easier for the client and electrical contractor to make red line notes during an electrical walk through.


Basement Development Plan - Most new homes designed today include the basement being developed during the house build. Clients who opt to not develop the basement at the time of the house build usually still have the intention to develop it at some point after moving in. The basement development is drafted separately from the foundation plan for this reason. The foundation of the home must be built regardless of whether or not the basement will be developed.

The basement development plan consists of drafting the location of stairs, all walls, door sizes, electrical locations, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, built-ins, dimensions and dropped ceiling locations.


Foundation Plan - The foundation plan is drafted separately from the basement development plan to allow the excavator and concrete contractors to clearly read all information regarding the size and location of foundation walls, beams, tele-post pads and plumbing rough-ins. Basement development walls are drafted on this plan but as a dashed line only.


Cross Sections - Cross section plans are drafted to primarily show the vertical construction heights of the home. The height of the basement walls, all above grade walls, tall walls and the height of floor joists will be shown.

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