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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?


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 1/8/2007


Going to work somewhat backwards on your list.

4)You need either a designer, engineer or architect to revise your plans. The bank WON"T help you with that !
3) same person should be able to do foundation
2) truss companies are suppose to provide sealed engineering with their trusses. They can do floor and roof trusses.
1) Internet plan service may provide what you need, some jurisdictions don't accept 'net plans because they jam everything on four sheets and nobody can read them

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By Justin in Arlington , TX on 1/10/2007


Thanks, I agree the bank will not be involved in plan development.  You seem to indicate the designer work and the truss work are seperate processes.  The truss design would be based on the completed designer plans and the designer will not take the truss design and place the specifics in the designer plan.

That to say, I will have a set of designer plans and a seperate set of truss designs based on the plans from the designer.  At any rate a local designer will know.


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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 1/10/2007


Speaking from experience, if you ask the truss people how to do something they will make it as easy as possible (for themselves).

The best thing to do is have your designer work out the elevations and sections then if you are doing something weird then ask the truss people for advice. One should try to make the construction process easier, not necessarily what is "usually" done.

When applicable I try to include a chase for ductwork in the trusses. Makes the job of the plumber, electrician and mechanical guy easier. But not always for the framer. And it minimizes the need for soffits.

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