Customized Revisions to a House Plan
somebody finds a plan that is absolutely exactly what they are looking for.
"They don't want to change a thing!" That is however occasionally. We get many
telephone calls and emails from our web site visitors desiring to make some
"minor revisions". Some visitors want to make some not so minor revisions. Many
revisions are so minor that your builder can make what we call, "Red Line"
changes. Yes, you are correct if you imagined taking a red pencil and actually
noting the revisions on the blueprints yourself.
When the revisions include structural, electrical, plumbing or mechanical
details, it is very advisable to have those revisions on the plans. Revisions
today are a lot easier to perform on the plan due to the invention of the modern
CAD programs we use. The revisions are totally undetectable in the final
blueprints because the CAD program just prints out a whole new house plan. If
you were a builder back twenty years ago you might remember the messy sepia
paper changes that we made. Yuck! We are glad those days are now history.
Do not call hoping to get an estimate of the time to perform revisions with
out first reading these instructions and emailing a detailed list of revisions as
described here-in. At any given time we might have two dozen projects working
and although your telephone call is given high importance, please don't assume
that we have understood a detailed account of everything you said. A picture
speaks a thousand words including your emailed sketch and wish list of revisions.
In other words, we do not accept revisions over the telephone. We would be happy
to discuss your desired revisions on the telephone but we will not bid on the
time it takes to perform the revisions over just a telephone conversation.
Also, do not attempt to redraw the
plan either on paper or on one of those "Home Planning Software"
packages you bought at the computer store. We are sure you did a wonderful job
and you can visualize your home in 3D. But, it's not a lot of use to our
drafting staff in performing your desired revisions.
It is best to have an Internet email service that allows you to receive large
attachments. The files we send will be Adobe Acrobat PDF and some of these can
be up to 5mb. Web based email like Hotmail or Yahoo normally do not allow large
attachments. You will also need the
Acrobat Reader and maybe
WINZIP. If you do not have such an email or Internet account, we
have other options we can work with.
Start by printing the plan off the web page. If you need a larger image to
work with, you can
Order a Study Plan.
Contact our office for Study Plan Orders. We will need the information below
for a Study Plan Order;
1. Your Full Name
2. Your Daytime Telephone Number
3. The City, State and Street where you plan to build
4. You present physical mailing address (no P.O. Boxes please)
4. The Full Plan Number, example U3425R
On a separate sheet of paper, or on your word
processor, list a systematic series of changes.
1. Stretch Bedroom #3 over 12" to the left making it from 12' wide to
2. Move the Kitchen Sink to the location indicated on the print out.
our plans are protected by Federal Copyright Laws.
On the print out number the line item changes and draw circles and arrows
helping to indicate the desired revision. We need it in a systematic, step one,
step two, step three, etc.. list of revisions. We can add footage straight up
the middle to make the house wider and rooms larger. Move elements around like
plumbing fixtures, cabinets, etc.. Change out doors and windows. Redesign an
exterior to look more like a house you have a picture of. Be cautious about
taking space out. Remember that there are areas of a home where by code we have
minimum clearances and some fixtures like bath tubs don't come any smaller. Feel
free to telephone us if you are not
quite sure that what you are wanting to do can be done.
After you have completed your "wish list" and have drawn your
circles and arrows on your plan print out, email it or
it to our offices. Go to our
Page for our business address. If you are within driving distance, or
wanting to go on a road trip, feel free to contact our office for a personal
visit. Personal visits are very beneficial because together we can brainstorm
the plan and maybe come up with many different options. We have had customers
drive from over 500 miles away to sit down together and work out the revisions.
I have even met clients at the airport.
After we receive the information from you we will contact you regarding the
cost to make the indicated changes and possibly some different options that you
might not have notice. We are professionals and often we see things our
customers might have over looked. At this time we will want a credit card number.
If you will be wanting us to prepare a Plot Plan we will need the property information such as a survey of your lot and a copy of the
CCRs and City Zoning. Revisions are billed at $120.00
per hour. Minor interior revisions might take 4 to 8 hours. If the exterior is
involved the revisions might take 6 to 18 hours or more. It all depends on how complicated
the plan is and the complications of the revisions. This is in addition to the
plan cost plus any applicable taxes and shipping fees.
If there is anything we overlooked and you are wondering about, please
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