Q. How do I order Stock Plans from Anderson
A. If you know the plan you would like to purchase you can order by phone or by email. For more information contact us at any time.
Q. What does an Anderson Plan cost?
A. Our Stock Plans start at $700. When you purchase a plan from Anderson our Architect will stamp and sign the number of working drawings required by the community you are building in. We also offer permit assistance if required. We will work on your behalf to clarify any questions the municipal officer has when you apply for a permit.
Q. What does stamped and sealed plans mean?
A. When an architect stamps and signs working drawings it means the drawings have been reviewed by the architect to meet applicable building code requirements and has been determined by the architect to be structurally sound for the location in which the home will be built.
Q. Where do I start when planning to build a home?
A. The first thing you need to decide is where you will build your home. If you don't already own a parcel, we can help you make the right choice for your needs. Lot sizes, slope, drainage, corner vs. middle lot all have an impact on the type of home design you need. Before selecting a lot you should check with your local building departments to see if there are any restrictions on the property, what are the local codes and is there an association that has special covenants.
Q. What is a Stock Plan?
A. Stock plans are actually custom homes that have been previously created by an architect and drawn to construction specifications for a previous client. Your fee for the stock plan covers the cost of creating copies and a share of the original cost of plan development. This also covers the architect's professional liability.
Q. How do I make changes to a stock plan?
A. Most of Anderson's plans were created by Anderson architects and are computerized in a CAD system. To make changes simply note the changes desired and discuss the changes with one of our designers. If your change is appropriate, structurally sound and meets code requirements we will have the plan changed by our draftsmen and reviewed by our Architects.
Q. Are all stock plans sold through architectural companies?
A. No. Many times the stock plans you find advertised on the internet or in a catalogue are being sold by a publishing company or stock plan clearing house. If you purchase the plan from a publisher you need to consider how you will receive architectural advice about your plan. This could be a substantial extra cost to you.
Q. How many copies of the plans will I need?
A. In some communities you will need a set of stamped plans for the building department, the exact number of copies changes from municipality to municipality. You will then need a set for each subcontractor who requires plans to complete their part of the project. And naturally, you will need a set for yourself.
Q. What are review sets?
A. Review sets are for review only and cannot be used for construction. Review sets allow you to look over the plan at your leisure and to also take the plan to your builder for their comments.
Q. Can I just build from a set of plans my friend purchased?
A. No, all building plans are copyrighted and are the intellectual property of the architectural firm who designed the plan. Plans are sold to be built once. If you want to build the same home a second time you must purchase the right to build that plan. Substantial penalties can be imposed law on copyright infringement.
Q. Are all of Anderson's plans on this website?
A. No, Anderson has over 5,000 stock plans. All of our plans were created by our draftsmen using our CAD system. However, not all of our plans have been digitized for the internet. We are working hard to digitize all of our plans. Please continue to visit our site because new plans are constantly being added.
Q. What do I if I cannot find a Stock Plan that I like?
A. You have a couple of choices. You could find a Stock Plan that is close to what you want and have us change the plan to match your requirements. The second option is to have us design and draw a plan that meets your exact requirements.