Being perhaps the most frequently asked question, we felt that this one deserved its own page! After all, you need to know what you are buying.
Many stock plans are just that, plans that were created without any person or site in particular in mind. They are designed for a generic lot and for the generic person.
The plans on this site were originally created for someone in particular. The clients, in many, if not most cases, have actually had the home built and they now live in it. In some cases, the homes were not built as the clients changed their minds along the way; however, the designer or architect saw the value in the design and completed the design anyway.
While each plan in our collection contains varying amounts of information (being that each designer or architect may choose to include different details), we hold ourselves to very high standards and are confident that the plans we sell will meet or exceed your expectations in regards to quality and detail.
Here’s what’s included in most sets we offer:
- Foundation plan
- Foundation detail drawings (sometimes included on foundation plan page)
- Dimensioned floor plans for each level
- Window and door schedules
- Construction notes (number and detail vary by plan)
- Whole house cross-section (or multiple cross-sections if applicable)
- Exterior elevations (sometimes interior elevations as well)
- Wall details (typically drawn in sectional format)
- Floor framing plans for each level (if applicable)
- Roof framing details
- Electrical plans (for each level)
If you have specific questions about the contents of a particular set of plans, please contact us directly as we are happy to answer your questions. If your questions relate to the inner workings of the drawings and we don’t have an answer for you right away, we will discuss your question with the designer and get back to you promptly.
The most common size of the plans that we deliver is Architectural D or 36″x24″; however, we do sell plans in other sizes. The driving factor of the plan size is the scale of the drawings and the size of the structure. We try to keep all plans in the industry standard of 1/4″ = 1′-0″ for floor plans and schematic drawings. Of course, the details are typically on a larger scale; however, they are focused on a specific aspect of the job and do not drive the overall paper size the way floor plans and elevations do. In addition, the number of pages in a given set of plans varies as well: depending on the scale, size of the project, number of detailed drawings, and more. Rest assured, our plans are full of the necessary information to build the structure.
What’s important to remember is that the quality of these plans have, in the vast majority of cases, been tested in the field prior to their sale here. Most of the homes showcased here have already been built, from the very plans that you have the opportunity to purchase. As such, the majority of the work has already been done for you. Consider that a typical architect may charge upwards of 10-15% of the construction cost of the finished house when designing a custom home. Let’s say that the home you’re interested in costs $400,000 to build. The original person for whom the design was made would have paid anywhere from $40,000 – $60,000 for those plans! You can bet they made sure the details were all in place when the design was created and certainly kept a close eye on the construction of the house as the project developed. That attention to detail is still in the plan; however, you don’t have to wait 6 months for the architect to finish drawing them, nor do you have to pay the full price of the plan development. That’s a win in your column!
All of the designs on this website are protected under U.S. copyright law. When you buy a set of plans from us, you are buying the right to build one home only. If you intend to build the home more than once, you’ll need to get written permission from us, Straw Bale Resources, LLC (SBR), and the architect or designer, to do so. The designers and architects who offer their work on this website retain all title, rights, and ownership of the original design and any other content associated with it. It is important to note that this extends to plans that you purchase and then change as well. Even though you have created a modified plan, the original plan was still the foundation of the new design and is thus considered to be a “modified copy” of the original.
Any use of this information for construction without adaptation to changes and codes, standards, site conditions, site suitability, consultation with a locally licensed architect, engineer, and/or design professional, and other factors is at the purchaser’s sole risk.
Straw Bale Resources, LLC and the architect or designer of the Plans disclaim all warranties and representations, express or implied, including merchantability or fitness of purpose of the content or use of Plans.
Plans purchaser agrees that Straw Bale Resources, LLC and the architect or designers of the Plans shall not be liable for direct, incidental, special, consequential, or indirect damages of any kind, including but not limited to injury, loss of life, or loss of anticipated profits, business opportunity, or other economic loss arising out of the use of the Plans.
The purchasers agree to defend and indemnify Straw Bale Resources, LLC and the architect or designers of the Plans for all claims, costs, losses, or damages resulting from the use of this information and these Plans. See Colorado Law 12-20-801 Colo. Rev. Stats. (the Construction Defect Action Reform Act), 13-20-802.5 Colorado Rev. Stats. (Definitions) and 13-20-803 (List of defects required.)