FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I modify a plan to better suit my needs?

Yes. We offer services for both minor revisions and significant revisions. Minor revisions are relatively easy, and require non-evasive changes. These are charged on an hourly rate of $75 per hour, with a minimum charge of $300.00. If you would like to make significant changes, we will provide you with an estimate.

Is it possible to change a specific house plan to fit my lot?

In most cases, yes, it is possible to modify the square footage to fit a particular lot. These changes would be considered significant modifications, and we will provide you with an estimate of changes.

What constitutes a minor revision? What about a significant revision?

Minor revisions are defined as those that do not alter the structural concept of the home, and include the following:

  • Reorganization of interior, non-load bearing walls
  • Kitchen planning
  • Revision to exterior materials
  • Reversing plans

Minor revisions to designs are invoiced at $75 per hour, with a $300 minimum. We will provide you with an estimate of the hours required to make requested changes prior to performing the work.

Significant revisions include the following:

  • Adding rooms
  • Stretching or shrinking the building “footprint”
  • Adding stairs or elevators
  • Elevating homes or altering ceiling heights
  • Rearrangement of load bearing walls
  • Extending porches

Can I set up a meeting to talk about my revisions?

We will gladly schedule in-house meetings to discuss your needs.

Do you have model homes that we can see, or can you provide me an address of a home that has been built from one of your designs?

We do not have model homes, and out of respect for the privacy of our clients, we are unable to share addresses of private residences. Please feel free to browse the information we have provided, to help you get the best feel for the design you are looking for.

What is a study set?

A Study Set is a half scale set (1/8″) that includes the 4 elevations graphically showing the materials, along with the floor plans that include basic dimensions and overall dimensions. These sets are useful to determine in more detail how the house may fit within setbacks on the lot. They also can give you a more detailed view of the plan helping you to determine any changes you may want to make (see how to modify a plan). By giving your builder some copies of these plans he can begin to give you some budget pricing information.

What is a construction set?

The Construction Set includes dimensioned floor plans, 4 exterior elevations, roof plan, exterior opening schedule (doors and windows), building section, wall section and lighting plans (lighting, switching and outlet locations). Construction Sets do not include foundation plans, framing plans, or structural details,  We do offer in house engineering for the state of South Carolina and will be happy to provide you with an estimate, However Because our plans are sold in different regions of the country the building codes vary and we highly recommend that you involve a local structural engineer to design a foundation plan and framing plans to meet your local codes

Should I purchase my lot or my plan first?

Either is acceptable and solely up to what is more important to you. If you want to build in a certain area with a particular view, or in a desired community, you would need to purchase your lot first. If you aren’t set on a location,  you could purchase your plans first and then find a suitable lot. If a plan you love will not fit on your lot, we can always set up a meeting to sit down and discuss options to make modifications to meet your lot’s requirements.

Are CAD files of the plans available?

Yes we can send your plans in PDF and DWG format. PDF format will allow you to print copies of the drawings. DWG format will provide an editable version for your engineer or designers to use.

How much does it costs to build one of your homes?

Construction cost is dependent upon a multitude of factors: detailing, degree of difficulty of the building site, finishing materials, interior selections and contractor pricing, all factor into the overall expense. We recommend that you seek out more than one builder to have options when pricing your home. If you need recommendations, we will gladly offer our best choices.

Do your plans come with an architect’s stamp on them?

We offer this service at no additional fee for South Carolina Only.

Do the plans need to be engineered?

Our plans do not include Structural Engineering, Mechanical engineering (heating air conditioning or plumbing diagrams), or electrical engineering. We do offer in house engineering for the state of South Carolina and will be happy to provide you with an estimate, However Because our plans are sold in different regions of the country the building codes vary and we highly recommend that you involve a local structural engineer to design a foundation plan and framing plans to meet your local codes.

My property is in an area with a design review board. Do your plans meet these needs, or do you offer services to assist in this process?

Yes Consultation may be required or needed for properties with design review boards. We will gladly help you through this process at your request.

What are my payment options when purchasing a house plan?

Payment by cash, check or credit card is required prior to the shipping of study sets, construction sets and reproducible masters.

What is your refund policy?

All purchases are non-refundable.

Are there copyright restrictions for the floor plans and elevations shown on the website?

Yes. Any reproduction, modification or reuse of the plans without written authorization of the copyright owner is strictly prohibited. All home plans designed by Tidewater Architects are protected under federal copyright laws, and violators will be prosecuted accordingly.

Can I build more than one home from the design that I purchase?

No, when you purchase a TideWater Architects home, you are purchasing a license to build one residence per purchase. Any violation of this is considered a copyright infringement and is punishable by law. If you would like to build more than one home, please contact us and we will make sure your needs are taken care of in a legal and cost-efficient manner.