HOME DESIGN-HOUSE PLANS
PROFESSIONAL HOME DESIGNS
EXCLUSIONS PAGE TERRY COLLINS PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER
The designer states that you comply with all local building codes, zoning requirements, and other applicable laws,
regulations, ordinances, and requirements. Many building departments require an engineer to sign and stamp the plans.
You must contact your local authorities to find out the local requirements for building.
All plans are designed to meet most building codes in effect at the time and place they were drawn. However, because of
the great differences in geography and climate throughout the United States and Canada, each state, county, and
municipality has its own building codes, zoning requirements, ordinances, and building regulations. As a result of the
differences in these codes, the plans purchased may need to be modified to comply with the local building requirements.
Designer authorizes you to use the blueprints conditioned upon your obligation and agreement to strictly comply with all
local building codes, ordinances, regulations and requirements, including permits and inspections at the time of and during
construction. Note, that the local codes, ordinances, regulations, foundation requirements, and the layout of electrical,
mechanical, and plumbing systems can also require changes to other details in the plans.
Designer's plans provide a general layout, design intent, and concepts for your builder to construct the house, however,
the plans do not include all details that may be required by your specific builder. You agree to advise your engineer and
builder that the plans are not complete in every detail, and may require additional drawings or details to build the house.
The foundation plan and associated details are provided as a basic guide for a typical foundation system. However, this
typical foundation system is not site or location specific. You agree to have a local licensed engineer review these plans
and provide a site-specific foundation design, if required. You are responsible for obtaining all required soils investigations
to determine the appropriate foundations system for the site and relaying that information to your engineer or builder.
The plans may include some schematic electrical, plumbing, heating or air conditioning drawings, which were drawn for
the original design and locality. However, due to the wide variety of local codes and climatic conditions, the schematic
drawings of these elements may not meet the building codes in your locality. You agree to have a local electrical engineer,
mechanical engineer or your builder provide drawings of these components as may be required for permits and
construction in your locality.
The plans may contain references of materials and manufacturers, however, these references do not represent an
endorsement or recommendation by the Designer. You and your builder are responsible for the final selection and
installation of all materials used in your project, including but not limited to, proper installation of materials, nailing, gluing,
caulking, insulating, flashing, roofing, weatherproofing and many other small items and details which are not necessarily
indicated on the Plans, and over which neither the Designer has any control or responsibility. Note that variations in
standard sizes of window and door brands and types and use of different materials and thicknesses can change details.
YOUR BUILDER'S RESPONSIBILITIES
It is the responsibility of your builder to assure that all work is in accordance with the latest edition of all applicable
National, State, Local Building Codes and Construction Industry Standards.
It is your builder's responsibility to obtain the required permits and the required inspections from local governmental
It is the responsibility of your builder to check the plans prior to construction to verify all dimension and details for
overall accuracy appropriate to the local conditions.
It is the responsibility of your builder to work with you on the decisions for the final selection of materials such as
masonry, floor joists, lumber, structural members, construction panels, roofing, etc., all of which can create variations in
dimension and details. For example, if standard lumber joists are used in place of engineered floor joists, the floor-to-floor
dimension would vary from the Plans and require revised stair dimension and framing.
It is your builder's responsibility to provide standard construction details and practices which will result in a structurally
sound and weatherproof finished product. Your builder is responsible for all construction means, methods, sequencing,
techniques, and safety on the job site of construction workers and third parties.
It is the responsibility of your builder to assure that all manufactured articles, material, and equipment are applied,
installed, connected, erected, used, cleaned, adjusted, operated and conditioned as directed by the manufacturers. Your
builder must follow all instruction to sustain and preserve all expressed or implied warranties and guarantees. It is the
responsibility of the builder to assure that all materials, equipment and components are new and of good quality.
All orders are final and no house plans sales will be refunded for any reason.
CHD Custom Home Designer and Terry Collins Architectural House Plans, designs residential homes less
than 4 Floors in height. For residential house plans over that limit, a "Licensed Architect" is required. A
licensed architect will generally charge 3 to 4+ times the amount that an architectural
designer will charge for residential home design. Terry Collins and CHD do not claim or imply to be a
licensed architect but an architectural designer with over 30 years experience in residential home plans and
design. Architects are required for most commercial projects. It is the responsibility of the
customer to determine if a licensed architect is required for a particular project. The term “architectural” is
an adjective as defined on Dictionary.com -Architectural [ahr-ki-tek-cher-uh l]
• Word Origin adjective 1. of or relating to architecture architectural metals. 2. conforming to the basic
principles of architecture. 3.having the qualities of architecture; characteristic of architecture; structural;
architectonic. Example from the web for architectural • architectural drafters draw architectural and
structural features of buildings for new construction projects.