FAQ

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1. Will it save me money if I pick a stock plan?

Yes. If you pick something we already have, and you do not make any changes, you can save hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.

2. How much do stock plans cost?

It depends on the plan; how old it is and where it will be built. The reason for the variables is because building codes change.

3. How are the payments set up?

Payment is to be paid at the time of ordering.

4. If Engineering is required or requested, how is that handled?

We have an engineer we work with that we believe is very knowledgeable and fair but will only be available locally. If you are elsewhere, you will need to find one that is licensed in your area.

5. How long does it take to get a finished set of plans? If

If you have no changes to the plans at the time of the order we can have them shipped by the following day unless it is a weekend. Then it will be the following Monday.

6. How many copies of plans do we get?

You will let us know and will be charged accordingly.

7. How will we receive our drawings?

You will pick up from our office if you are local or If you are an out of town client, we can either mail you hard copies or email the PDF file to a local printer to print for you.

8. What determines if I need to use an engineer?

Certain cities require and engineer. Some do not. Sometimes the design of a house will guide us to want to use an engineer. If you want to build your house to meet the “Gold Fortified Certification” then you will be required to have it engineered.

9. What is “Gold Fortified Certification”?

FORTIFIED Home™ provides a uniform, voluntary, superior set of standards to help improve a home's resilience by adding system-specific upgrades to minimum code requirements. The FORTIFIED Home™ program has three levels of designation – Bronze, Silver and Gold.

10. Why would I want to get “Gold Fortified Certification”?

The main reason would to build a safer home. The second reason would be to save money on your insurance premiums.

11. Is there an additional fee for going Fortified?

There are no additional fees for having the drawings “Fortified”. There is however and additional fee to have it inspected by an independent evaluator.

12. Can you design a house for me even if I do not live in your area?

Yes. We have designed many houses in other states and countries. We will be required to check the local codes requirements and design specifically for that area. Call for fees associated with custom plans.

13. Do you visit the site where the house will be built?

We can and do. This is not required. We do not see most of the lots the house will be built on.

14. Do I need to have a builder picked out prior to purchasing my plans?

No. Many builders would rather you have plans prior to calling them.

15. What if I get completed drawings and then must make changes after for any reason?

I joke all the time that no one wants to “waste money” but if you have to, you want to do it with me “on paper”. It is much cheaper than making changes in the field during the building process. I feel most changes come to reduce the cost to build. So, if the changes are going to save thousands of dollars then maybe cost of hundreds of dollars is worth it?

16. What building code do you design your plans for?

We are in Mobile County which is currently under the 2012 IRC (International Residential Code). You will need to ask your local Building Official. We will design for any code for an additional fee. We just need to know where you plan to build.

17. Do you work with Builders and Developers?

Yes. We love to build a relationship with the Builder & Developer. We have worked with Adams Homes since February 2003, DR Horton from 2006-2017, Breland Homes from 2009-2012, Halifax Homes from 2012-present and recently started working with Serenity Homes. We also work with many other builders that may do just a few houses a year to many more. We will work with you at any volume.

18. Do you offer volume discounts?

Yes

20. What do I need to bring to our first meeting?

Most people have already given a lot of time to their plans. The will bring in clippings from magazines, internet articles, Pinterest or Houzz sites. Parts and piece of houses they have seen, and we help you put it all together. I joke too to let me know what you do not like. Then I know not to go in that direction.

21. Do you have stock plans?

Yes. We have thousands of plans to choose from.

22. Will it save me money if I pick a stock plan?

Yes. If you pick something we already have, and you do not make any changes, you can save hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars.

23. How much do stock plans cost?

It depends on the plan; how old it is and where it will be built. The reason for the variables is because building codes change.

24. How can we pay for the plans?

Most people pay by check. Cash is accepted. You can also pay by any credit card “Square” will accept. We pass along the 3% charge.

25. What building code do you design your plans for?

We are in Mobile County which is currently under the 2012 IRC (International Residential Code). We will design for any code. We just need to know where you plan to build.

26. How many times do meet? How many changes are we allowed to make?

The number of changes that will be made mostly depends on how much information you initially bring us to work from. The more detailed the information, the quicker we can get the drawings to where you want them. This will all influence how many times we need to meet. You can count on meeting at least four times.

27. What is the shortest time it took to have plans completed?

We had one client come in and knew exactly what she wanted. It was only a two-bedroom beach house, but we had the house completed the next day. Emailed a copy to the owner and she emailed it back with only a few changes and said she was ready to go to the engineer. We made the changes that day and sent it complete on our end that afternoon.

28. What is the longest it has taken to have plans completed?

We have had more than one set take almost two years but that was because the client would take their time on their side.

29. What is the average time it takes to have plans completed?

I would say between a month and a half to two months.

30. Do you only do custom individual plan?

No.

31. Do you work with Builders and Developers?

Yes. We love to build a relationship with the Builder & Developer. We have worked with Adams Homes since February 2003, DR Horton from 2006-2017, Breland Homes from 2009-2012, Halifax Homes from 2012-present and recently started working with Serenity Homes. We also work with many other builders that may do just a few houses a year to many more. We will work with you at any volume.

32. Do you offer volume discounts?

Yes.