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. That is not what our plans are. The plans on this site were originally created for some one 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 it anyway.
While each plan in our collection may contain 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 in 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 detail 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 has, 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 Innovations, LLC (SBI) 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 create 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.
Straw Bale Innovations, LLC (SBI) works hard to gather straw bale specific home plans that are drawn by industry respected architects and designers. Because there are so many variables in construction neither SBI nor the Architects or Designers represented on the website shall be held responsible for any damage or loss related to the use of the plans sold herein. It is strongly recommended that the purchaser of any plans from this website, and/or their assigns, contact and hire a local engineer to confirm that the drawings, as presented, meet or exceed code requirements and structural ratings for the area in which the project will be completed. Confirming that the project meets and/or exceeds the minimum requirements for the site variables and the contractor/builder professionalism shall be the responsibility of the purchaser or their assigns, and in no way shall SBI or the architects and designers represented herein have any measure of responsibility towards the completion of the project. Any use of the information contained in the drawings/plans sold here shall be at the purchaser’s sole risk (or the risk of the purchaser’s assigns).
SBI assumes no responsibility for any and all changes made by others to the construction drawings/plans and makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, regarding said construction drawings/plans. The purchaser and/or their assigns agree to defend and indemnify SBI and the architect/designer for any and all losses, costs, claims, or damages resulting from the use of the construction drawings/plans and/or any information associated with them. When a plan is purchased, SBI grants the use of that plan to build one house and one house only with the express condition that the purchaser and/or their assigns build that house with regards to and in accordance with all local building codes, zoning requirements, and other applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations.