Frequently Asked Questions
Contact your permit office to learn of any special requirements that may be in place for full-time homes in the locality where you’ll build, such as minimum interior area or maximum height restrictions.
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Yes, all of our designs are intended to be properly insulated.
Many of our designs feature intentionally exposed structural elements and wood finishes that appear to be not insulated; in fact they are all designed for code-compliant levels of insulation.
No. As is the case with all stock plans, regardless of supplier, our designs are not automatically approved for your site and permit requirements. You are encouraged to have a local structural engineer or architect review the drawings to ensure they comply with your local building codes and the conditions relevant to your site. Your permit office may require an engineer’s review as their standard proceedure.
Yes. If you live in an area that has considerable snowfall, high winds, or earthquakes, having a local engineer review any stock construction plan is a wise step. Engineering may also be required as a matter of course for building permits in your area.
Contact your local permit office to find out what the requirements are in your area. You are responsible for having your construction documants reviewed by an engineer local to you, as they will be up-to-date on any unique requirements for your locality.
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Yes, the very nature of building a modest house is a sustainable way of thinking. Combined with better-than-code levels of insulation and lower embodied energy materials, the result is a more comfortable and less costly building.
With today’s higher costs comes a greater need to scrutinize every aspect of a design, to ensure that it can be built very efficiently, with less waste of time and materials while building, and lower operating and maintenance costs into the future.
Yes, most plan sets include lists of the materials required to build the structure, so that you are able to pre-estimate the cost of materials from your local suppliers.
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