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Floor Plan(s): In general, each house plan set includes floor plans at 1/4" scale with a door and window schedule. Floor plans are typically drawn with 4" exterior walls. However, details/sections for both 2"x4" and 2"x6" wall framing may also be included as part of the plans, or purchased separately.
Foundation Plan and Details: In general, each house plan set includes one foundation type.
Additional foundation types may be available for a given house plan, and these options can be viewed on each plan's detail page.
Foundation types typically offered: (each type may or may not be available for a given design)
· Slab: Slab is a type of foundation consisting of a structural concrete slab poured directly on the grade. No accessible space exists in slab construction. Slab foundations are popular in areas (i.e. the Southern United States) where there is a relatively high water table (i.e. the "water table" refers to the depth in the soil at which you find water). Traditionally, the slab foundation is the least expensive foundation type when building on a relatively flat lot.
· Crawlspace: Crawlspace is a type of foundation which includes an accessible space with limited headroom, typically between the soil and the bottom of the first floor of a home. Crawlspace construction is predominant in areas where there is heavy clay content in the soil, where the home owner needs additional under-home storage space, or the homeowner needs access to pipes, wiring, etc. under the floor of the home.
· Basement: Basement is a type of foundation which includes an accessible space between the soil and the bottom of the first floor of a home. It usually has more headroom than a Crawlspace. Basement foundation construction is predominant in cold climates where the foundation needs to be situated below the frost level.
Electrical Plan with electrical symbols legend: In general, each house plan set includes an electrical plan which will show the locations of lights, receptacles, switches, etc.
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Block / CMU (main floor)
Most concrete block (CMU) homes have 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 exterior walls on the 2nd story.