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- Do you really only have 45 plans?
- I don't understand the different names I see for this company.
- Are you architects or building designers, and what is the difference?
- My builder needs a full set of drawings to bid,
but I don't want to buy a stock set of plans until I decide to build the house.
- What do I get with a set of plans?
- Why don't you supply foundation, basement, or crawl spaces designs?
- Why all the emphasis on Copyrights?
- Why should I bother with the DESIGN WORKSHEET, if I plan to purchase a "stock" plan?
- What if I want to make changes to a plan?
- I am going to build my home myself. Can anyone build from these plans, and are they complete?
- I have to work for a living, why aren't you open on the weekends?
- Can I add a bonus room or basement to any of your plans?
- How do you calculate square footages and what's included?
- Do you provide a materials list?
- Do you have additional elevation styles for the plans?
- How much will it cost to build my house?
- Can the plan be adapted for disabled access?
- Can this plan have a detached garage?
- Can you give me the exact dimensions for the plan before I purchase it?
- What software do you use? Are electronic files available?
- Which is less expensive to build, one or two story?
- If I change my mind after I order the plan, can I get a refund?
- If the plan is not what I expected, can I get a refund?
- Why do you charge by total footage?
- What is the difference between "Mirror Set" and a "True Reverse"
- Do you have discounts for builders?
- Q. Do you really only have 45 plans?
A. The web name is a takeoff on our phone number. We have been doing
design work since 1977, so we actually have closer to 45 hundred plans.
- Q. I don't understand the different names I see for this company.
A. eei is an abbreviation for exceptional environments, inc., which is the
"umbrella" corporation for our company. professional design was the original company name and is now the division that does the architectural design work.
exceptional interiors is the interior design division of the company.
- Q. Are you architects or building designers, and what is the difference?
A. Architects are generally licensed by the state and allowed to design all types of buildings, generally commercial.
Some do residential, others specialize. Building designers, such as ourselves, are typically allowed to design most types
of buildings up to a specific size, typically wood frame type construction. One of our principals is certified as a Professional
Building Designer by the
American Institute of Building Designers (AIBD)
Our firm has been doing this type of design work since 1977.
- Q. My builder needs a full set of drawings to bid, but I don't want to buy a stock set of plans
until I decide to build the house.
A. We have found that most qualified builders should be able to give a price range based on the footages, layout,
the number of baths, and the front elevation provided on this site. If this is not enough, we have study sets available.
Please note these sets are not complete enough for construction and in fact are noted "NOT FOR CONSTRUCTION". See
- Q. What do I get with a set of plans?
A. Available plan packages are outlined in
If you need more information see
- Q. Why don't you supply foundation, basement, or crawl spaces designs?
A. Due to the wide variety of soil conditions and various building practices, there is no way we could provide accurate drawings to cover all
A registered professional engineer should design the foundation for your specific lot. We believe something this important
should not use generic drawings. Where we are located, most municipalities, FHA/VA, and all the builder warranty programs require
the foundations to be designed by a registered structural engineer.
- Q. Why all the emphasis on Copyrights?
A. All the design work on this site, as well as most sites, is fully copyrighted.
This includes "derivative works" or revised plans that are based on our design work, even the artwork shown online.
Each purchase of a full set of plans comes with a license to construct that building ONE TIME.
This includes the purchase of reproducible vellums or electronic files UNLESS the purchase includes A COPYRIGHT RELEASE for multiple site construction.
For more information see
- Q. Why should I bother with the
, if I plan to purchase a "stock" plan?
A. This form was developed during 30 years of experience.
It will help you organize your thoughts all into one place so you can be sure that the plans you are interested in meet all your requirements.
- Q. What if I want to make changes to a plan?
A. We originally built our business on new and revised work.
We believe that if you are going to the trouble and expense to build a custom home, you should have what suits your needs most. See
- Q. I am going to build my home myself. Can anyone build from these plans, and are they complete.?
A. Any qualified general contractor can build from our plans; they have been doing so since 1977.
Our plans are drawn to meet or exceed the applicable building codes for the time of their completion.
Our plans are fully complete for the area in which they were designed.
Your local area may have specific requirements so you should check with your local building departments.
If you don't have significant expertise in residential construction in your area, you may want to reconsider,
or at least hire a consultant for a project of this magnitude.
The reasons for this suggestion are too numerous for this venue, suffice it to say that building
one's own home could be described as "The Ultimate Do It Yourself Project".
BUILD IT YOURSELF
- Q. I have to work for a living, why aren't you open on the weekends?
A. We are a small company and the designers work long hours during the week. They are available for after hours appointments during the week. They get away and recharge their creative energies on the weekends so that their work can be the best they can offer.
- Q. Can I add a bonus room or basement to any of your plans?
A. As we are fond of saying, all things are possible. A stairway is a fairly large addition, particularly in a one story home; requiring significant additional space be added to the home, or removed from some area in the plan. Knowing that, a bonus room or basement may be added to most plans. The steepness of the roof contributes significantly to the ability to add the "Bonus Room" which may also add significant structural costs to the home. See our
section for a graphic representation of the areas available. Basements add a great deal of available footage to a home but have proven to be less than cost efficient in Texas.
directly regarding the applicability and pricing of adding a Bonus Room or a basement to a specific plan. See
- Q. How do you calculate square footages and what's included?
A. We use the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards for footages. Living areas are calculated to the exterior face of all conditioned walls; garages to the exterior face of exterior walls and the garage face of walls common to living areas; porches are effectively the net areas. Consequently footages include all wall thickness, which can add considerably to the footage of the project.
- Q. Do you provide a materials list?
A. This is generally provided by your general contractor through his suppliers. The variables in materials, styles of construction techniques, energy considerations, requirements of the site, and more make generic materials lists ineffective for each individual home. We do have available two types of Construction Specification forms you can fill in. See
WHAT'S INCLUDED, extra cost items available.
- Q. Do you have other elevation styles for the plans?
A. In most instances plans with additional elevation selections are so noted. You are welcome to
to have us forward copies or to see if we have added elevation(s) since publication. We will be happy to create a new personalized elevation for you. See
- Q. How much will it cost to build my house?
A. For the same reasons we don't provide materials lists, generic pricing or computerized pricing programs for your home can't be accurate enough to be of any comparative value. Think of the range of the prices for cars with all their options. Discussions with the general contractors you are considering will give you a more accurate figure. Including a drawing of the house or a set of plans, an outline of the quality of materials, appliances, and finish options, should increase the accuracy of the estimate.
- Q. Can the plan be adapted for disabled access?
A. Almost all homes can be adapted for disabled access. For "occasional" access, the revisions are very minor. For "full time" access, more extensive modifications may be required. We are knowledgeable in many types of lifestyles and will be happy to discuss a specific plan with you.
- Q. Can this plan have a detached garage?
A. Most plans can be adapted. On many plans the space vacated by the garage will need to be reallocated. It is easier, but not a requirement, if you have a specific use for the space occupied by the existing garage. We have various sizes of "detached" garages we can provide for an additional fee.
- Q. Can you give me the exact dimensions for the plan before I purchase it?
A. The artwork on this site lists the both room dimensions and the overall dimensions. Typically this is left to right by front to rear, wall to wall. Should you need the dimension of something that is not noted, or you are unclear about anything feel free to
- Q. What software do you use? Are electronic files available?
A. We use an international software known as
that was developed specifically for wood frame construction as opposed to a mult-function software such as AUTOCAD. With nearly 10,000 users worldwide, this software has proven its accuracy and dependability. We have been enthusiastic
users through six upgrades since 1994 and are convinced it is the premier wood frame software. However, while later versions of
will export in DWG & DXF, as a practical matter, this software is NOT compatible with AUTOCAD
at this time. Electronic files are available only with a copyright release, in Softplan format only, which is version specific. See
- Q. Which is less expensive to build, one or two story?
A. This actually depends on the specific plan. Generally, if you have over 1/3 or more of the living area upstairs, the costs should be the same or less per square foot than a one story. Usually the more footage up, the less cost per foot; less footage up, the higher cost per foot. You should check with your builder for specifics in your area.
- Q. If I change my mind after I order the plan, can I get a refund?
A. Unfortunately, no. Since it is possible to make illegal blueprint copies we do not allow refunds. You need to confirm all portions of your order before placing it,
including particularly the dimensions of your lot or land to make sure your plan selection will fit the site. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. See
DRIVES FOR PERFECTION.
- Q. If the plan is not what I expected, can I get a refund?
A. For the reasons noted above you need to confirm all portions of your selection and be very clear about what your purchase includes. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. See
If you're unsure about anything
- Q. Why do you charge by total footage?
A. The effort necessary to draw a garage or porch square foot is the same as a living square foot. That garage/porch foot shows on every drawing created for the building, so it is included in our pricing.
- Q. What is the difference between "Mirror Set" and a "True Reverse"
A. A mirror set is a mechanical reproduction which creates a mirror image with all items reading backwards. This is generally not allowed for permitting.
A true reverse is completely reversed so that all text reads correctly.
This process is only available for computer generated plans, and typically takes an extra
week to produce.
- Q. Do you have discounts for builders?
A. After a client has purchased three plans they qualify for a multi-tiered
discount program based on volume of purchases during the last four quarters.
We will be happy to discuss this program after your second plans purchase,