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  1. What are Concept Plans?
  2. What are Construction Drawings?
  3. You found a plan but you need it modified. What now?
  4. To which Building Code are the Plans designed to?
  5. What should I check before purchasing a plan?
  6. What is PayPal?
  7. How are Floor Areas measured?
  8. How are Plan Width, Depth and Height measured?

What are Concept Plans?

Concept Plans are prepared during the development stage of home design. They consist of  3 dimensional exterior renderings or 2 dimensional elevation drawings, floor plans and wall or building cross section that defines the typical construction employed. Additionally window and exterior schedules are included that define sizes and types of windows/doors depicted in the drawings.

 

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What are Construction Drawings?

Construction Drawings (also commonly called Blueprints) are detailed drawings developed from the Concept Plans. These drawings contain the detailed construction information required to obtain building permits and to complete construction. The drawing set generally consists of the following:

  • 2 dimensional Elevation Drawings
  • Foundation Plan
  • Main and Second Floor Plan (if 2 storey design)
  • Roof Plan
  • Full Building Cross Section(s)
  • Structural Details as required.

Plans are provided on 'D' size paper (24"x36") drawn to scale. Elevations, floor plans and building cross sections are normally drawn at 1/4"=1'-0" scale. Structural Details are drawn at larger scales as appropriate. Construction drawings are prepared in accordance with the 2006 Ontario Building Code. Note that due to differences between Building Codes in other Provinces, States and Countries along with climatic and seismic variations between regions a local design professional maybe required to review and approve plans for construction.

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You found a plan but you need it modified. What now?

Please email us the Plan Name and a list of modifications you would like incorporated. If you can provide a floor plan sketch that will simplify communicating your ideas. We will do a cursory review and look at the feasibility of modifying the plan to your specifications. Some modifications may be easy to incorporate and others may be very difficult or just not suited to the plan. We will provide advice in regard and if we feel a satisfactory result can be achieved will provide an estimate of the additional costs to complete the modifications.

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To which Building Code are the Plans designed to?

Plans are prepared in accordance with the 2005 National Building Code of Canada, Part 9 - Housing and Small Buildings.

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 What should I check before purchasing a plan?

Before purchasing a plan please check to ensure the plan suits your building lot by reviewing the following:

  • Municipal Zoning Bylaws (lot line setbacks, height restrictions, lot area coverage limits, etc.)
  • Subdivision agreements.
  • Local Conservation Authority, Health departments and other regulatory agencies.

Your Municipal Planning Department should be able to offer guidance in this area.

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What is PayPal?

PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online. The service allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, buyer credit or account balances, without sharing financial information.

 

There are no fees to use PayPal.

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How are Floor Areas measured?

Floor areas provided are termed "Gross Floor Area" and are measured to the outside face of the foundation walls with some minor corrections. Siding, stucco or culture stone exteriors use the outside stud wall face. Brick or stone veneer use the outside edge of the veneer

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How are Plan Width, Depth and Height measured?

Plan Width and Depth are the overall dimensions and include bay windows, cantilever floor, verandas, covered entry's, and screened porches. Roof eave projections are not included.

 

Height is measured from the top of the foundation to the highest point of the roof. If the plan has a walk-out (day light) basement the height is measured from the top of the basement floor slab to the highest point of the roof. Chimneys, belfries, cupolas and lightning rods are not included.

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