- I’m concerned that you are not a local designer. What can I expect?
- What about building Permits?
- What is the difference between “Residential Designer” and “Architect?”
- What do your plans options include?
- What is included in the square footage?
- Can the plan I like be changed?
- What if I only need 1 set of plans? Can’t I take them to my local printers to make more copies?
- Can I return the plans if I change my mind?
- Will the plans I order contain all of the information needed by my local building department?
- I want to build this home on 3 different lots. Can I just purchase extra sets?
- How much do modifications cost?
- What is a daylight or walk-out basement?
This is a great question. We have been working with customers for years designing homes and providing custom floor plans in various states and never seem to have an issue. We collaborate by telephone and email. And when necessary we can share computer screens (online meeting) with you from a secure medium which allows us to virtually be there so we can talk about and see the same things in real time.
We don’t obtain permits on your behalf. That is the responsibility of the builder (whether that is you or your contractor). However after you have submitted our plans to your local municipal departments (i.e., building department, etc) if there are any corrections, red-lines, or clarification that is needed, we will address and correct these items and/or revisions to the plans that are necessary at no additional charge.
Architects are licensed by the State in which they practice…Residential Designers do not have a State License except in certain states such as Nevada who actually do require a state license for residential designers.
An “architect” is someone who has a college degree in the design of buildings and the built environment, and who has been trained in the design of buildings mainly used for human occupancy, and who has passed strict state-conducted licensing. A person cannot legally call themselves an architect without having passed the licensing exams in that state. An architect’s education, training, and experience focuses on the aesthetic design of buildings and spaces, structures, mechanical systems, acoustics, sustainability, and all of the other attributes necessary to make buildings useful and enjoyed by people.
A “designer” can basically be anyone. Anyone can call themselves a designer and no laws will have been broken. The term “designer” has no legally defined boundaries or education or training requirements to help guide the public in their decision making process of selecting someone to design their house. Designers go by the terms “designer,” “residential designer,” or “building designer.”
However, We are not just anyone. We have a lifetime of experience in construction (over 30 years) and specifically as a Residential Designer for more than 14 years. We have real world, on the job experience, training, and knowledge that gives us an edge to design your custom home. We understand the full process from the ground up and this experience reflects this in the planning of the homes we design.
Plan Sets: All plans are saved in electronic format (PDF) This allows multiple copies less costly and you retain an copy just like the original.
The square footage includes all of the area inside the exterior face of the living area or “heated walls”. Although it does not include garages, porches, or decks, they are included in the drawing. When referring to the square footage of the home it is referring to the living area.
Modifications are available for most of our house plans. The best way to approach this is to call or e-mail us to discuss the areas you wish to change.
You can, but by permission only–because the plans drawn by Hudesco are protected by copyright laws.
Unfortunately, no. Since it is possible to make illegal copies of the plans you received, we do not allow any refunds. However we stand behind our work and customer satisfaction is very important to us. So if changes need to be done we will discuss this option with you.
Almost. In addition to the complete building plans that you order, you will also need a site plan that shows where the house is going to be located on the property. We can do this for you if you send us your lot information, or your builder can help you with this. Most importantly, there are some areas of the country that have very strict engineering codes. It is possible that you will need to hire a local engineer to analyze the house and provide additional drawings and calculations required by your building department. If you aren’t sure, your local building department should have a handout listing all of the things you need to submit for a building permit. Many, if not most area’s adhere to either the IRBC or IBC. The IRBC (International Residential Building Code) is codes adopted for residential single family dwellings. And as long as these codes are followed most likely an Engineer will not have to get involved.
No. In addition to buying a set of house plans, you are also buying a license or permission to use the designer’s copyrighted material for the construction of one home. We offer discounted fees for multiple use but you will need to call for information.
They can range from $75.00 to hundreds of dollars depending upon the extent of your changes. Often, the number of changes justifies the design of a completely new plan. If you are interested in making changes, give us a call or e-mail what you are looking for and we will go over them in depth and get back to you with a quote.
12. What is a daylight or walk-out basement?
It is most often seen on sloping lots that allow at least a portion of the basement to have larger windows. Depending upon the amount of slope, you can often times have a door that walks directly out to a patio area or other flat area.