TIP 1: HOW FAR AHEAD SHOULD I START?
Planning ahead is the key to successful building. Usually – you should allow a full year from the time you are seriously considering building a new home until the time you intend on “moving in”. A comfortable minimum time frame is about eight months. If you can’t find ‘your dream home’ in a Ready-Made Plan Design, you should consider having it Custom-Drafted (a service we also offer). Having a plan done custom is, in reality, only a fraction of one percent of the completed cost of your new house.
For this, give yourself a month (depending on the time of the year), another month to get pricing, 3-6 weeks of permits, and 3-4 months to build.
TIP 2: HOW MANY SETS WILL I NEED?
A single set of Construction Working Drawings blueprints is vital if you wish to accurate quotes on materials, labor, and other necessary pricing. No brochure or sample plan will ever get you a guess-timate of an estimate.
If you are indeed serious about building, you will need, at least, 1 set of yourself; 2-3 sets for permits (although you will usually get some back later); 1 set for your banking institution; 1-2 sets for your builder; and possibly 1 set for the plumber and electrician. At LPC, we offer special packages to take advantage of your needs, which include a 6 or 8-set package of sets.
While the 6-set package is adequate, if you are if a hurry or pressed for time – then choose the 8-set package. The more sets out there means the faster things move. That means no more waiting to get a set back from one person to give to other.
TIP 3: IS THERE ANY WAY TO MAXIMIZE MY SETS, WHEN I GIVE THEM OUT?
Yes, in many cases, you will find that getting your set back from the various sub-trades difficult. Excuses like the set being misplaced is a common explanation. The simplest way to minimize this is to charge for each set (say $25 to $30 per set) - when they bring the set back, then they get their money back.
TIP 4: LAMINATION
While some people decide to have their sets laminated, there is another simple way to extend their lifespan – easily and inexpensively. Upon receiving your genuine original blueprints and arriving home, unbind each set and place a strip of good quality masking tape along the perimeter edge of the back side of the sheet. Then, simply, rebind them. This low-cost method helps prevent many of the splits and tears the plans will encounter. However do not do this with the sets intended for permits, Building Authorities don’t appreciate it. When you get some of the sets back after permits, proceed to tape the backside for later use.
TIPS 5: ANIMALS TEND TO LOVE OR HATE BLUEPRINTS
In the developer, when blueprinting, this is a very mild solution of ammonia. This will not cause harm to anyone because it dissipates within a few minutes. However, due to canine or feline acute sense of smell, they may still be able to pick up the scent days or even weeks afterwards. Both cats and dogs recognize this scent as territorial markers. So, it’s wise to keep your eyes alert – until you see whether your favorite pets will react to your blueprints. Otherwise, they might either ‘love ‘em’ or ‘hate ‘em’ and damage your prints.
TIPS 6: SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
Truthfully, every lot (with the exception of the South Pole) has a southern exposure – despite all the “fanfare” surrounding it in the real estate market. What is needed by a drafting/design consultant is a detailed site plan depicting your lot in relation to magnetic North. The Site Plan should, also, depict accurate grade elevations to take the best advantage of your lot. These are the sole factors in determining whether your southern exposure can be use at its best.
TIP 7: VISITING THE LOT
Yes, visiting the lot that you intend on building on can be helpful. It can visually show the aspects of your lot which you wish to take advantage of. The unfortunate side of this is that such a visit is expensive (either it will cost you now or be tacked onto the cost of doing the custom plan itself). Site visitation does not allow an exact knowledge of the grade contours of your lot, it’s precise orientation and, unfortunately, most impressions of your “special world” is lost when taken back to the office to work on your plan. The best way to curtail this expense is to provide a detailed survey or site plan of your lot, showing grade elevations, orientation of your lot and provide photographs and/or videotape showing the aspects you wish to take advantage of.
TIP 8: BUILDING IN REVERSE
While it is more than certainly possible to build any plan in reverse – some municipalities like HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality) has a policy that prohibits building any plan design in reverse. This may vary depending on local planning department – so it’s best to check with your local building inspector before purchasing plans that you may intend on reversing. As of June 28, 2000 – LPC will not print any of its plan drawings in reverse unless we receives either an official notification that reverse plans are permitted in your local municipality or a letter by the person purchasing the set(s) of blueprints that they have contacted their municipality planning department, have received the “OK” and will not hold LP Carrigan Home Plans responsible if they are not accepted. The latter must contain your signature.
LP Carrigan Limited does indeed have house plans that are available in either standard or “right-reading” mirror-reserve, however the blueprint fee is higher than standard blueprints and are available on house plans that carry the “Mirror-Reverse Plan Available” logo (as shown on the left).