Frequently Asked Questions
Please go through the questions and answers outlined below. The answers are meant to provide you with the necessary information in searching and making use of floor plans and services provided on our website.
Q: How do I place an order?
This will require you to fill in your personal information and then to confirm your order by clicking on “ORDER NOW”. An order acceptance email will be sent to you with the banking details where payment should be made. Alternatively, you can use one of the alternative methods below:-
1. Give Us a Call:
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Q: What's Included in the floor plans?
The Review Set
This is a study set of the plans to provide you with general information pertaining, among others, the Floor Plan layout, General Dimensions, Side Elevations, Heights, Room Areas, Floor Level Area Calculations (ie. Ground Floor & First Floor areas). This set is Not For Construction purposes. For construction purposes, the purchaser will have to purchase the other Plan Options (ie. CAD/PDF; CAD/PDF/Paper sets).
Each house plan package is different, However all plans will include detailed, High-quality working drawings. These will consist of the following:
- DETAILED FLOOR PLANS
These drawings contains a bird’s eye view of each floor layout – showing all walls, rooms, doors, windows, dimensions, drainage, notes and details of material items. It also provides references to other sections and components located elsewhere on the plans
- SIDE ELEVATIONS
This show the sides of the house normally when viewed from all 4 sides – North, South, East and West. The external treatment of walls, exterior materials and finishes is also shown. These drawings give notes and details to drainage components and vertical dimensions of the structure. Corbelling details and roofing notes are also elaborated. All other specific and unique details to the plan in question are indicated here.
A cross-section shows a sliced view of the entire structure taken at specific points. Large-scale views show sections or cuttings of the foundations, ground level, staircases, walls, floors and roof details. Additional cross-sections may show important details which may otherwise be hidden in the deepest layers of a structure. Sections show how different components interconnect to form a solid and monolithic outcome that becomes a dwelling house. In some cases a large scaled drawing may be necessary to illustrate the interconnections of even the smaller components of the building which then translates to the builder and other building consultants what the structure is made of.
- ELECTRICAL PLAN WITH ELECTRICAL SYMBOL LEGENDS
This plan provides suggested positions of electrical switches, plugs, lighting, outlets, etc. A layout is provided for each floor level, each room, garage and the exterior. NB. The electrician is responsible for the designs and reticulation of all circuits, wiring and all engineering details of the entire system.
- DRAINAGE PLAN & DETAILS
These are included in the respective Floor plans and Elevation diagrams. Their details and notes are also specified here.
- ROOF PLAN
This plan shows an overview of the roof configuration. Roof valleys, ridges, Overhangs and Angles are shown. The specifications and details of roofing materials to be used are also detailed.
- WINDOW & DOOR SCHEDULE
This is a list of the windows and doors to be used in the project. Usually it depicts the sizes and specific material types of each item. The schedules are read in conjunction with floor plans. Any codes on the floor plans is used to point to the actual item in the schedule.
Q: Can I have someone else modify the plans for me?
Q: Can I come to your offices and consult with one of your consultants to review my requirements?
Q: I am buying from outside South Africa, can I pay by credit card?
Q: What do the abbreviations on the floor plans stand for?
BIC – Built-In-Cupboards
Lin. – Linen Cupboard
WIC. – Walk-In Closet
Prep.– Preparation Bowl
WC. – Water Closet
WHB.– Wash Hand Basin
SHW or SH.– Shower
Din.– Dining Room
Bedr. – Bedroom
D/Garage.– Double Garage
RM – Room
D/Vol– Double Volume (Void)
Q: What is a PDF format or version of the plans?
NB. A PDF House Plan package cannot be altered after purchase. For making post-purchase alterations to the plans, you will instead, require a CAD version of the house plans.
Q: Is the material list and building cost estimate included?
Q: What is not included in your plans?
- SITE PLANS
These shows the location of the house in relation to you specific site (plot or stand). This will include the position of service connections that are prescribed for your specific site.
NB. For a relatively small fee a local Architect or Draughtsman can be appointed to produce a Site Plan for you.
- STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING CERTIFICATES
In some specific structural situations (i.e. In Double storey houses, unstable soils or complex foundations and roofing), an engineer’s certificate or seal is required prior to submitting the plans to your local authorities. This document contains proof that a licensed structural engineer has been appointed by the homeowner to undertake any testing or specification of appropriate measures to ensure the integrity of the entire structural system.
NB. Where necessary and after you have purchased your plans from Nethouseplans, you will then need to appoint a local structural engineer of your choice who will also undertake any site visits and quality control during construction of your house. Also remember that a final engineer’s Certificate of Completion will be required once building is completed and prior to obtaining an Occupation Certificate that allows you to occupy your house. This Completion Certificate is issued by the engineer once he has satisfied himself that the construction was undertaken in accordance with his initial specifications.
- QUANTITY SURVEYOR (BUILDING COST ESTIMATES)
Building prices varies enormously and depends on various factors such as prices charged for material and labour in your area and other conditions that exist in your local area. Because of this, our best advice is to check with builders and hardware stores in your area. However, a more accurate indication of building costs for your house can always be obtained by contracting a Quantity Surveyor. As a result Nethouseplans does not provide these services.
- LOCAL BUILDING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S APPROVAL
Local Authorities are there to regulate and control the ever densification and development of cities and local residential areas. As a result, you will be required to submit your plans to your specific LOCAL building and/or planning department’s offices. Energy efficiency calculations, SANS 204 and SANS 10400-XA requirements are also not included. It is the responsibility of the customer to fulfill these requirements in line with the geographical zoning applicable to the location of the site/stand. NB. For a relatively small fee an energy consultant (competent person), local Architect or Draughtsman can be appointed to undertake such requirements.
Q: Are all the floor plans available mirror-reversed?
Q: How does copyright law affect me?
Q: How is the square meter (m2) or footage (ft2) calculated?
Q: What is a CAD or AutoCAD format/version of the plans?
A CAD file can only be opened with a computer which has a CAD system already installed.
Q: Can I make changes to the floor plans?
Also note that our detailed plans are sold with a CAD format of the plans which enables any other registered professional to make moderate to substantial changes to the plans. As a result you may consider to appoint a local architect or draughtsman to carry out the changes for you. This will also provide an added advantage as the appointed person may also assist you with the submission of your plans to your local municipality. What is more interesting is that even after you’ve appointed and paid the architect or draughtsman for such work, the total cost of your house plans will still be far less than if you’d have used the same architect or draughtsman to design your house from scratch.
NB. As from 1 July 2006, ALL persons practicing architecture in South Africa or submitting house plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings to a Local Authority must be registered with SACAP. Nethouseplans.com will issue a SACAP form for every plan purchased from us – on request. Please ensure that any architect or draughtsman you intend to use for any amendments to your plans is registered with SACAP and provides a high quality of architectural services as Nethouseplans.com.