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Q. Why follow a Building Code?
A. Well, it's really for your protection. You see, following a recognized building code ensures that certain proven standards are followed. Those standards were designed to protect you, the owner. Sometimes, builders complain about codes and standards that seem to be unnecessary or burdensome. We want you to consider that the Building Codes are there to protect you. If it were not for standards, some corner-cutting builders would render many projects unsafe.
Plan Standards & Specifications
Riverside Designs strives to provide plans that are detailed, and that provide a clear and concise representation of the project at hand. Our plans are designed to meet the Uniform Building Code. In addition, if your project is located within a municipality that has enacted other local or city building codes those guidelines will also be followed.
Riverside Designs plans includes the following elements.
1. GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION
Drawings are appropriately dimensioned
Drawings are annotated as required
Proper line weights are incorporated and copies are legible and clean
Appropriate title blocks, scale indications, north arrow, legends, etc. are included
The Drawings are assembled in a logical order as per industry standards
All plans are drawn to an established and identifiable scale
2. FLOOR PLANS
The floor plan will show the following elements:
Full dimensions as required for layout and construction
Attached structures (garages, carports, porches, decks, balconies, etc.)
Location and size of all doors, windows and skylights; sizes may be listed
on schedules with an appropriate key as needed
Location and type (masonry, zero-clearance, etc.) fireplaces
Location of plumbing fixtures
Location of all major appliances
Location of all cabinets, counter tops, and other built-in furnishings.
Location of all stairs, hidden ladders, etc., used for access to other levels
General notes as required to adequately describe the conditions shown
3. EXTERIOR ELEVATIONS
The exterior elevations will show the following elements:
Complete elevations (4 sides) representing details of the building
Grade lines and finish floor lines
Door and window locations
Finish and trim materials with adequate annotations
Roof pitches, crickets, saddles, overhangs, eaves, rakes, etc. and roofing materials
Foundation and roof vents where visible
Gutters and downspouts if applicable
4. CROSS SECTIONS AND DETAILS
The cross sections and details will show the following:
At least one complete cross sections through the building
All foundation conditions with adequate dimensions
All floor framing connections to foundations and walls
All ceiling and roof framing connections to walls and beams
Any critical or unusual connections or combinations of materials
Stair construction, including (if applicable):landings, headroom,
tread and riser dimensions, etc.
Masonry fireplaces including dimensions, footings,
flue chimney and hearth construction elevation
5. ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING
The Mechanical plan will show the following:
The electrical, plumbing, and mechanical plans may be separate,
or the information may be shown on other plans.
The following information will be shown:
Location of all electrical outlets, with GFCI outlets labeled
Location of all light fixtures and switches
Any motorized equipment, fans, vents, etc.
Location of service entrance and panels
Location of telephone, televisions, and other special purpose outlets
All thermostat locations
Water heating systems location
Gas and water service entrance and/or meter location if known
6. FOUNDATION PLANS
The foundation plan will show the following:
Location and size of footings, stem walls, piers, grade beams, etc. including footings and piers for independent structures such as carports and decks
Location and size of anchor bolts and hold or tie downs (graphically shown or noted)
Location and thickness and reinforcing of concrete slabs
Location of foundation vents, access holes, doors, etc.
Location, size and reinforcement for poured concrete or block foundation walls
Location of variances in elevation for floor slabs
7. FRAMING PLANS
The framing plans may be separate, or the information may be shown on other plans.
The following information will be shown:
Size, direction and spacing of floor joists
Size, direction and spacing of ceiling joists
Size, direction and spacing of roof rafters or trusses
Size, direction and location of all beams, girders and headers, including
Location of hips, valleys, ridges, cants, crickets, scuppers, roof drains, etc.
The drawings will contain, as part of the general notes or in a separate format, appropriate specifications to describe the materials and/or workmanship required. The specifications will include the following:
Description of exterior wall construction
Reference to applicable Building Codes
Requirements for concrete strength
Requirements for grade and type of lumber, including laminated beams and sheathing
Finish materials for typical interior surfaces
Other Helpful Building Items
For an additional fee, we can produce shop drawings, additional details, and sections that will further explain the scope of the project. Listed below are other services we offer our customers.
- Reproducible Set: is useful if you plan to make changes to the stock home plan you've chosen. This set consists of inked line drawings produced on velum paper for the purpose of modification. When alterations are complete, working copies can be made.
*Bonus: this includes free working set of bluelines!
- Mirror-Reversed Plans: (available on all plans) are used when building the home in reverse of the illustrated or designed floor plan. Reversed plans are available for an additional one-time surcharge. It is imperative that you purchase reversed plans in order to avoid confusion on the job site during construction.
- Itemized List of Materials: details the quantity, type and size of basic materials needed to build your home. This list is helpful in acquiring accurate construction estimates.
- Description of Materials: describes the type and quality of materials suggested for the home. This form may be required for obtaining FHA or VA financing.
- Engineering Seals: The concern over energy costs, building design, and structural integrity of certain components occasionally prompt the need for an engineer to review and "seal" a plan prior to construction. There will be an additional fee for this service. The fees depend on the complexity of the services required; as well as the amount of work involved. Riverside will oversee the engineering and all other requirements for the plans and will submit to the customer a complete set of plans with the seals as required.
- Revisions, Modifications and Customizing: The tremendous variety of designs available from Riverside allows you to choose the home that best suits your lifestyle, budget, and building site. Through your choice of siding, roof, trim, decorating, color, etc., your home can be customized easily.
Most professional builders can make minor changes and some basic material substitutions without the need for expensive plan revisions. However, if you will be making major changes, we strongly recommend that you purchase a complete set of working drawings that include the changes you wish to make.
Riverside Designs and Drafting Services License Agreement
The plans and designs created by Riverside Designs are the intellectual property of the designer and are protected by international copyright. As such, the plans and other details are provided for personal use for the construction of one (1) House only. Use of the plans and other details for commercial purposes, for sale, distribution, transfer to any other party other than the original purchaser, or reproduction in any way is expressly prohibited without Riverside Designs written approval. No other commercial use or reproduction will be allowed without additional license and fees. When you purchase plans from Riverside Designs you will be provided with a permission to use the plans. This license is issued solely to you, and you agree to the terms and conditions as stated on the plans. The license is not transferable to anyone under any circumstances.
All designs and related details produced on the plans are copyrighted, and become trademarks of Riverside Designs and Drafting Services.
Riverside Designs makes no representation whatsoever of being a licensed architectural or engineering firm. The services provided by Riverside Designs are simply to represent the ideas of the Customer/Owner on paper as per their directions. We hold no responsibility whatsoever in any design or engineering work relating to the drawings provided to the Customer/Owner. All deposits and or retainers made by the customer are non refundable. Be sure you want to hire us prior to making the first payment.
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