By Justin in Arlington , TX on 1/1/2007
Need some help on the overall sequence of plans.
Say I buy an on-line plan I like, then I can have it modified for minor changes, such as closets, bathroom etc . - they can modify for a walkout basement but will their design be valuable without local topo and soil conditions?
Now the internet plan will come without an engineered foundation, may not meet local codes, so I need some local assistance
If I chose to use engineered trusses for the floor and roof, then the engineering truss company needs the basic plans I bought (I think). Then armed with the truss design and basic plan the foundation design based on soil and topo can be completed. Question whether the foundation design comes first or the truss design first since I will be building on a sloped (15%) lot.
At this time I think I may have complete plans with local true-up for code.
Total resources needed for complete plans look to me like:
1. Internet general plan with small changes, question on who makes the walkout basement plans (local or internet source)? I am guessing local since topo is required.
2. Truss company to design floor and roof trusses
3. Local foundation design company - using truss design and internet plans
4. Local architect or designer to put all the plans together for permits or the bank showing that they meet local code.
Would appreciated comments on this process - does it may sense or have I missed the boat?