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?
Ordering is easy. Simply browse through our wide variety of floor plans. Once you find a plan that you like. You can then go to that floor plan page and select a plan option (On the top right side of the image gallery) and then click on “BUY NOW”. This will take you to the order form where you have to fill in your particulars and confirm your order by clicking the “ORDER NOW” button.
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:
Call one of our representatives on:
Tel. 011 083 9333 or 060 719 9575
8:00am – 4:00pm South African Time.
2. Email Us:
All purchase orders must be accompanied by a proof of bank deposit for the total amount charged prior to plans being sent/emailed to you.
Our banking details are as follows:
First National Bank
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Acc No. – 62176338476
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Q: What's Included in the floor plans?
The contents of plans will vary according to the Plan Option chosen (ie. Review Plan; CAD/PDF; CAD/PDF/Paper sets).
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?
Yes. Nethouseplans will issue you with a CAD format of the house plans upon purchase of the CAD/PDF/Papers plan set. This will enable any design professional of your choice to carry out the modifications on your plans. The CAD files will absolutely make the modification relatively cheaper to undertake. The file is normally emailed to you in a DWG format.
Q: Can I come to your offices and consult with one of your consultants to review my requirements?
Yes. Note however that all requests for consultation must be made after purchase and payment for the house plan for which consultation is sought. Consultation is strictly by appointment.
Q: I am buying from outside South Africa, can I pay by credit card?
Yes. Nethouseplans is a verified online merchant by both Paypal and PayFast (Both are highly respected third-party online gateway companies). Please feel free to send us an email request for making payment using a credit card and we will do the rest.
Q: What do the abbreviations on the floor plans stand for?
Some of the common abbreviations that appear on our floor plans are:
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?
A PDF file contains an electronic copy of either the Study or Full scale version of the House Plans. PDF stands for Portable Document Format. A PDF file is a digital file format mostly used today to easily transfer files containing text, pictures, drawings and fonts into a single digital file, PDF file format is very simple to use and can be easily downloaded, stored and attached on emails via a computer (PC). This also makes printing of additional copies of the plan even much easier. To read PDF files you require a PDF Reader software made available free by ADOBE. To download a free copy of Adobe PDF software from ADOBE click this link: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
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?
No. These functions are the main domain of a Quantity Surveyor. As a result Nethouseplans does not provide these services.
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?
Yes. Always remember to specify on the order form or by email whether you’re ordering a standard or mirrored/ reverse version of the plans. NB. Request for mirrored versions of plans will not be accepted after delivery of the first ordered plans to the purchaser.
Q: How does copyright law affect me?
All Copyright is reserved to Nethouseplans. All house plans / building plans / architectural designs / home plans / house floor plans/ blueprints / drawings/ images and content in this publication are property of Nethouseplans. Copyright is reserved to Nethouseplans in terms of South African Laws & Regulations and in accordance with all International Treaty and Trade provisions. Only the purchaser of a house plan is allowed to build one house only 1 time unless otherwise stated in writing from Nethouseplans. No house plans/building plans/architectural designs/ home plans/ house floor plans/ blueprints/ drawings/ images or part thereof can be copied and/or reproduced by any means and for any reason other than for purposes of building the house for which the plans have been purchased for. All rights reserved. Any Infringement of the Copyright carries a Minimum penalty of R 1 000 000.00 and is enforceable by the South African Laws and ALL related International Treaties and Trade provisions.
Q: How is the square meter (m2) or footage (ft2) calculated?
The square meter/footage of a plan is calculated on covered (roofed or slab) habitable living areas including Double Volumes. This will also include any finished basement areas, garages, porches and Patios (but excluding Balconies or any open – uncovered- spaces). All habitable spaces UNDER ROOF.
Q: What is a CAD or AutoCAD format/version of the plans?
A CAD/AutoCAD/DWG/DXF file contains an electronic copy of the House Plans in a format which it was created in. This file format is ideal in cases where a customer has purchased a plan that he will still want modified by a design professional. You can then take the file to any local Architect or Draughtsman who utilizes a CAD system in order to effect the changes for you.
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?
Once you’ve found the house plan that you prefer you may require some minor amendments to be made to the plans. Where possible, Nethouseplans will issue you with a quotation for the modifications. To do this you will need to send us an email requesting the plans amendments.
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.
How much will the plan modifications cost me?
All plan modifications must first be assessed for feasibility prior to a cost being determined. Nethouseplans will issue a fee proposal (Quote) based on the extent of work that is necessary to complete the required modifications. Normally Nethouseplans.com does not charge for very minor changes. Our fees for plan modifications are calculated based on an hourly rate.
Q: How many set's of plans do I need to build a house?
Note that in addition to the contractor, electrician and plumber’s copies you will need plan copies to obtain quotes. From the issued sets of plans that you’ll received from Nethouseplans, you can make as many copies as necessary from your local printing shop for purposes of building your house only.
Q: I want to build this home on more than one site, is this allowed?
No. The purchaser of a house plan is licensed to build a single house only one time unless otherwise stated in writing from Nethouseplans. No house plan or part thereof can be copied and/or reproduced by any means and for any reason other than for purposes of building the house for which the plans have been purchased for and only once. Nethouseplans may offer discounted price for the multiple use of the plans, but you will have to contact us to order a license for the multiple use of the plans.