Frequestly Asked Questions

Before I buy plans from 295 Living can I speak with someone?

Yes. Email us at questions@295living.com 

 

Can I change the house foundation on a blueprint?

If you find a house designed for a basement foundation and want to build it on a solid slab foundation, that’s simple and should not require any modifications.  The average home builder can simply make those changes without drafting a new set of prints.  Changing from a solid slab foundation to a walk-out basement, or full basement, does change the engineering of the main floor.  We recommend you speak with your local home builder and ask if they would need modified prints to make that change.  

 

Are these blueprints stamped by a licensed architect?

No.  Most counties around the country do not require “stamped” prints from an engineer or architect.  That requirement applies more to commercial construction projects.  Almost all counties have a local Building Department, and the permitting and inspection process is handled on a local level.  

 

What if my county requires my prints to be stamped?

Firstly, we highly recommend people research the permit process and requirements from the Building Department in different counties prior to buying land for a new home.  Each county will vary in the cost of permits, specific requirements, and what they allow homeowners to build on their property.  If your county requires your home prints be stamped by an engineer or architect, you can still purchase a set of prints, but you will need to send them to an engineer or architect licensed in your state.  They will then review the prints and approve (stamp) them or make any needed adjustments pertaining to your specific location.  Costs will vary greatly on this process and could range from $1,000 to $10,000.  There are many firms around the country licensed in multiple states.  You may consider shopping around if you live in a high-cost-of-living area wherein working with a local engineer could cost much more.    

 

Is it cheaper to buy predesigned prints or draft a new home design?

Usually, it is less money to purchase prints already designed, however, design services vary greatly.  Some designers will charge from .50 cents to $1.00 per square foot to design a new home.  Our prints are priced at .15 cents per square foot. 

 

Building a house is a new concept for me, where do I even begin the process?  

We’ve all been there, and nobody can know everything about everything!  In the age of the internet, you are fortunate to have so many options at your fingertips.  We made a 10-minute overview video to answer this very question.  You can watch it here and get a quick rundown of the key steps needed to build a new house.  We also encourage you to take advantage of our free consultation with a General Contractor once you buy a set of house plans. 

 

Does 295 Living offer contracting and building services or just the blueprints?

We are only an online store for home plans and building blueprints.  Our consultation service is for anyone who buys plans, and we are not trying to sell you anything additional.  We are only offering some time to help answer questions you may have regarding the building process no matter where you live in the country. 

 

Do I have to work with the original designer to make any modifications on my prints?

No.  Once you purchase your plans and download them, you are welcome to email them to any designer and request they modify them for you.